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Everyday Drabbles #205: The Dance

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“You’re leaving tomorrow,” he whispered in her ear, as they waltzed across the cavernous dance floor. His breath was warm, and sweet. She craned her neck away.
“I have to go back to work,” she said, not unkindly. It was an old argument.
“But, for six months. I miss you.”
“You could come with me,” she offered, not for the first time.
“I have my job, too. Can you imagine if I abandoned it?”
“Then we have tonight,” she said.
“We always have tonight,” he agreed.
And Hades and Persephone waltzed through their palace once again for one last time.

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Everyday Drabbles: Love and Rockets

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When she began studying engineering, the mean girls started joking that she was going to build herself a boyfriend. At first, she ignored them, but the more she learned, and the more she worked, the less implausible the idea seemed.
She built the prototype, and installed a contained artificial intelligence she got inline. It was important that he be able to make his own decisions, to be able to surprise her.
The whole school was shocked when she showed up to prom on the arm of the perfect hunk. It was awesome.
Until he dumped her for that skank, Becky.

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Everyday Drabbles: Snowball Festival

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When the first snows fell on the high mountains, the villagers living in the valley prepared for the Snowball Festival. They built ramps and barriers along the lower slopes of the mountain, and moved vulnerable people to second and third-story shelters.
Then they held their collective breath and waited.
In the towns at the top of the high mountains, when the first snows fell, the people frolicked in the wintry weather. They threw snowballs and built snowmen and never spared a thought for the snowballs that rolled down the mountain, growing and growing until they hit the village below.

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Everyday Drabbles #201: Call Me, Kathleen Kennedy

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The jury forebeing read out the verdict. “We find the defendant guilty on all counts.” The courtroom was filled with gasps of shock.
The presiding judge of Coruscant Youngling Court banged his gavel for silence.
“I have no choice but to sentence this defendant to ten years hard labor in the Spice Mines of Kessel.”
“Objection I have,” The Defense attorney said. “Merely shoplifting the crime is. A promising future this young one has. Overly harsh this penalty is.”
The judge sneered down at the defense team. “Galactic Republic law increases the penalty for crimes involving the Use of Force.”

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Everyday Drabbles #200: Hex and Garden TV

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“When the mist rises out of the pot and starts forming shapes, it’s ready for repotting,” the sorceress said. “Don’t listen to it’s whispered promises of power and glory. These are lies. Just slide your finger up like so, and swipe quickly with your ritual dagger. Be sure to have a second pot ready to go.” She smiled into the camera and held up two pots of roiling smoke.
The camera’s red light faded, and they relaxed. She swigged her tea, and her familiar lit a cigarette. They had to get out of this magical contract. TV was killing them.

Author’s Note: It turns out that Wattpad has a strict 200-chapter limit on stories. So from this point on, Everyday Drabbles will be hosted here on my blog. You can still find the first 199 chapters and the introduction HERE.
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Fiction: Magic Hat

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There must’ve been some magic in that old top hat we found. Dark magic. It brought a snowman to life, briefly. We pulled trinkets from it out of nowhere. It did small favors for us. Kids stuff.
As we grew up, the Hat still gave us what we wanted. But it took a higher and higher toll.
I tried to get away. I disappeared into the woods, got off the grid, and put up wards. But I can’t escape forever.
It’s Christmas Day, and I hear pounding outside the cabin door.
Thumpity thump-thump! Thumpity thump-thump!
It’s getting closer.

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: A Yule Carol

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The Faerie Queen lounged on her throne and looked at the three subjects before her.
“I tasked you with changing the hearts of humanity so that they will forever celebrate Winter Solstice and sing anew the world, a gargantuan task, and you tell me you have accomplished it in a single night?
“Yes Your Grace.”
She narrowed her eyes at the figures. “How?”
“Oh, you know,” one said, adjusting the cuff on an oversized black cloak. “We just showed a moneylender visions of his miserable life and horrible death, and he basically did the work for us.”
“Well, alright then.”

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