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Everyday Drabbles #474: Sky Pirates

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The light, nimble pirate craft circled the wounded airship. Its envelope was already leaking helium at a prodigious rate, and it wouldn’t be long now.
The leader took another shot, ripping another hole and guiding the ship down towards the target area. The ground crew waited in the clearing below, ready to separate the passengers from their valuables.
Aboard the slowly sinking ship, the crew was paralyzed, caught between trying to fight off the attack and repair the damage before they hit the ground.
The pirate leader smiled. He always found it easiest to let gravity do the hard work.

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Everyday Drabbles #473: The Legendary Hero

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When the Legendary Hero came to our village, we were honored. Out in the middle of nowhere, we only had to deal with slimes or the occasional goblin raid, but he thought we were worthy of his attention.
When he ate at the inn, we served him the finest meal we could.
When he stayed the next day, we were pleased but confused.
After a week, we asked why he was still here and he said he was ‘Level Grinding,’ whatever that meant.
When he choked on a fishbone and died, I took up his sword, because someone had to.

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Everyday Drabbles #472: Monsters’ Nest

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The village had been abandoned in his grandfather’s time. Now it was a monsters’ nest and den for even fouler things. Barely anyone even remembered the place had a name, once. It was simply called the Valley of Darkness.
Despite the danger, he snuck off to the outskirts every chance he got. He was always careful, and always quiet. He would watch the monsters and make notes of their habits as they stalked through the crumbling ruins.
His elders told him that place was lost, and he should look to the future. But someday he would lead them home again.

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Podcast: NP64 – Leave the Gundam, Take the Cannoli

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Welcome to a brand-new season of Nostalgia Pilots! This week, Our flight team of Hugh, Jason, Jurd, and Spence begin their journey through 1994’s Mobile Fighter G Gundam with episode one, “The Gundam That Fell to Earth!

We begin in beautiful Rome, where Domon and Italian Gundam Fighter Michaelo Charriot only destroy three historic landmarks! Plus, Rain is a Gundam ninja, Domon is the Columbo of giant fighting robots, and this whole series is a tentacle monster of plot threads leading nowhere. Enjoy!

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Everyday Drabble #471: Time Mage

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I studied magic all my life, and finally unlocked the secret to manipulating Time itself.
I could speed its flow, slow it down, or lock objects or even people in place. I could even travel to the past, and assert my will over those events.
But like all magic, my powers came with a cost. I had cut myself off from time’s river, and while I could manipulate the past, I was unable to influence the present.
My actions were erased by fate like sand in the wind. I had found power, but in using it, made myself a ghost.

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Everyday Drabbles #470: Chaos Guardians

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Late one night I snuck out of the Centaur village.
I’d heard that the humans had created terrible new guardians, and I had to know the truth for myself.
And there, at the edge of the settlement, I saw them, bathed in the moonlight.
They were horrifying. Their bodies were a twisted parody of the lower half of a centaur, ending in a mockery of a minotaur’s face. They were the embodiment of chaos itself. And then one of them saw me.
The Chaos went ‘Moo.’
In a panic, I raced back home, vowing to never bother the humans again.

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Everyday Drabbles #469: The Descent

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I watched as we approached the lunar surface in a docking pod. The tower was a nightmare of spikes and protrusions. It had been designed by the Master of Armstrong City himself and was one of the only ways in or out.
Spikes closed around the pod like the jaws of a prehistoric fish. We were guided into the central elevator of the compartment, which seamlessly descended to the spaceport.
I’d heard that with the pod attached, the tower resembled a rose. But no visual was supplied to the public. The city bloomed only for the eyes of its master.

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Everyday Drabbles #468: The Vigilante

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She told herself she wasn’t a supervillain.
A vigilante, sure. She would accept that. Perhaps she would go so far as a rogue. But she was no villain. She really was something of a hero.
It was true that she had committed acts of violence in revenge. There was no getting around that. And the police were after her. But her mission changed after that. She might be on the wrong side of the law, but she pursued her own justice.
The Lacromista loaded her freeze gun with tears and set out into the night to avenge another broken heart.

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Everyday Drabbles #467: Macroeconomics

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The northern raiders left at dawn to pillage the southern islands. Their boats were crewed by warriors with hearts of steel, and guided by wise men who read the stars and commanded the wind.
The ships returned heavy with gold. They traded it to the traveling merchants, exchanging their plunder for fine swords and good timber to build their boats.
The raiders never wondered where the islanders’ treasure came from. They didn’t consider what the merchants did with the gold when they left.
Five generations of warriors took the same golden necklace before the raiders caught on to the scam.

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Publication Announcement: ‘A Woman of the Old School’ in Speculative North Magazine!

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Courtesy of Speculative North

Hello readers!

It’s been a while, but I am pleased to announce that my story, “A Woman of the Old School,” is now available in Speculative North Magazine #4! And until Wednesday, February 24th, the magazine is free on Kindle, so if you hurry, you can get yourself a great deal in both the US and Canada!

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