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Everyday Drabbles #210: Sealskin

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Dan found the coat in the back of his mother-in-law’s closet, a week after the funeral. Tabby was still a mess. Her mother had been her only living relative. He took it upon himself to get her house ready for sale.
He’d never seen Ursula wear the sealskin coat, so he added it to the donation pile.
When he saw the story about the live gray seal captured in a charity shop, he thought it a curiosity, but didn’t connect the dots until his wife rushed out to save the poor woman who’d tried on her mother’s skin.

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Everyday Drabbles #207 – The Inspection

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During the inspector’s last visit, the plant had been a disaster area. He gave the owner an ultimatum: Get the plant up to code, or be shut down.
Now, it was like walking through a different building. It was clean, well light, and gleaming with new machinery. But none of it worked. Everything was top of the line, but nothing fit together.
“What does that pipe carry?” he asked, pointing.
“Nothing, it exists for its own sake,” the plant owner said, beaming.
“What? We asked you to modernize. How is this possible?”
“Well, I did you one better. I Postmodernized!”

Everyday Drabbles #206 – Rope Trick

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The rope hung before him, suspended in the air in defiance of logic and gravity. It stretched as far up as he could see, into the blue haze.
He gave it a few experimental tugs, gently at first, then harder. It held.
Overcome by curiosity, he climbed up the rope. He climbed for hours, until, exhausted, he reached the end of his rope and found himself back where he’d started.
He eased himself off the rope and onto solid ground. He was home. Or was he? He took a few minutes to rest, then set out to explore once again.

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Everyday Drabbles: Scarecrow

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The soldiers camped in her barn that winter. She sat in the dark house, not lighting a fire, hoping they would forget she was there.
That spring, she made scarecrows. She bent wire frames into human shapes, and wrapped them with dried rosebush branches. She took what she had to hand, old boots, discarded jackets and pants, and dressed them, topping them with discarded helmets.
When they were done, she propped them up in her fields.
She left a pair outside her barn as well, carefully turned so you couldn’t see the bullet holes in their uniforms from the road.

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Fiction: Dragon Friend

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When Clematis started hanging out with the dragons, the other fairies were shocked. They were a insular and xenophobic people, terrified of anyone bigger than they were, which was just about everything. They lived deep in the forest, enchanting their gardens and cursing the rare passerby.
Clematis was different. She wanted to fly through open skies, to see the high mountains and the vast oceans her friends spoke of. The fairy elders didn’t care for her dreams, and they cast her out.
Now Clematis flies where she will, accompanied by her chosen family. And her hoard is coming together nicely.

This story originally appeared in Everyday Drabbles, a daily free fiction project on Wattpad. Visit the link for over a hundred free stories. And if you enjoy my writing, support my work by buying me a coffee!

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Fiction: The Axe

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The Axe felt good in her hand. That was the first trap. But there was something about the weight that felt satisfying, a potential gravity when she held it. It wanted to be swung. It wanted to chop.
She knew that the axe was cursed. That it would change her as she swung it, it would infect her with a darkness. Wielding it would be a devil’s bargain, but her family was cold and hungry. She would gladly pay that price for them.
She was the greatest lumberjack that ever lived, but few ever knew the torment in her soul.

This story originally appeared in Everyday Drabbles, a daily free fiction project on Wattpad. Visit the link for over a hundred free stories. And if you enjoy my writing, support my work by buying me a coffee!
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The first collection of Everyday Drabbles stories, Winter, is now available as an eBook from Amazon! Enjoy over 90 short stories for less than two dollars!

Stay tuned to this space over the next month as I’ll be winding down the year by producing audio versions of my favorite Everyday Drabbles as a part of the Dog Days of Advent!

Fiction: The Falconer

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By the time the Falconer got to the little village, the weather had turned foggy. Her falcon fidgeted on his perch in agitation. She stroked him softly, listening.
They’d made her sit through a town hall first, to acquaint her to the target, to hear his litany of sins against the villagers. It didn’t really matter to her. She’d been hired to do a job.
She hunted by sound, stalking past the gardens, through the pub and into the miniature village. It was still ahead of her, honking proudly, unaware.
Today, that goose would get what was coming to him.

This story originally appeared in Everyday Drabbles, a daily free fiction project on Wattpad. Visit the link for over a hundred free stories. And if you enjoy my writing, support my work by buying me a coffee!
Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

The first collection of Everyday Drabbles stories, Winter, is now available as an eBook from Amazon! Enjoy over 90 short stories for less than two dollars!

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