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Everyday Drabbles #642: The Spirit of the Stairs

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She haunts the staircase, climbing endlessly, trapped in one moment of ascension, her goal forever out of reach.
As though trapped in amber, she watches the room transform around her. The carpet under her feet wears thin and is replaced. The walls are repainted. An endless array of people pass her, going up and down and never noticing her.
She knows what she is, and wonders if she died on these stairs. But the memory, like all her memories, is just beyond her grasp.
Eventually, the building is torn down. The stairs crumble away and she is suddenly flying.
Free.

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Everyday Drabbles #641: The Assassin

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She carried two blades, each about a foot long, made of pure light. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t cut through, and there was no hiding what she was: The greatest assassin who ever lived.
Most assassins chose stealth as their medium. They swathed themselves in black and gray and lurked in the shadows. She fought her opponents openly.
It wasn’t as though she had a code of honor. All the watching and waiting felt too much like work to her. She preferred five minutes of excitement to an hour of boredom.
And it wasn’t as though anyone could stop her.

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Everyday Drabbles: The Boat

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The boat sat on the shore, waiting for him. It wasn’t large, only big enough for him and some supplies. Maybe it would carry two if he found someone willing to go along.
He knew that once he set out, the current would take him swiftly down the river and out past the cliffs, and all his rowing would never bring him back again.
He made excuses and found reasons to put off leaving for another day. When he was ready, he would go.
One day he went down to the beach and found his boat had left without him.

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Everyday Drabbles #639: The Priestess

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The Priestess stands at the door of her church and looks out at the frozen wasteland. Something evil is coming.
The things that prowl the barren fields will not come near holy ground, but the church, rebuilt from the ruins, is made to withstand more human dangers. She reaches for a spiked timber and remembers first awakening to the call, before the end of the world.
If she had worked harder, could she have prevented all this?
She locks the defenses into place reminds herself that regrets are wasted energy. Raiders are coming, and they must prepare for a siege.

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Everyday Drabbles #638: The Simulation

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The being held the smoky cube in its hands and watched the tiny world orbiting inside.
“I’m confused. It’s a simulation, but it knows it’s a simulation?”
“Not quite,” its companion said. “It creates billions of self-aware intelligences inside itself, which only last for a certain amount of time, and those intelligences are capable of discerning they are simulated.”
“Why?”
“We wanted to see how a large population would react to such knowledge.”
“How’s it going?”
“Not great. We’ve had to reset the simulation five times already.” The other being flicked a toggle, and an asteroid appeared inside the cube.

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Everyday Drabbles #637: Battle in the High Mountains

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The squadron climbed to the mountain’s peak. Some were in human guise, and others preferred their tiger shapes.
They watched their enemies, who soared through the high passes on white wings. Neither side knew how the war between the were-tigers and the giant eagles began anymore. Most of them assumed it had something to do with territory. As humanity expanded, they were both pressed to the high, inhospitable places. They all knew that continuing to fight would only lead to their mutual destruction.
But cats and birds can hardly deny their nature. The leader signaled for the attack to begin.

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Everyday Drabbles #636: The Witness

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The goat climbed the little hill every day. It had a good view of the surrounding fields and the huge boulders that stood to the north.
For his part, the goat ignored the boulders. They were too smooth for even him to climb, and nothing grew on them for him to eat.
But today he heard a thundering crack and the sky went dark. One after another, the stones split open and great black and red dragons flew out into the sky, freed from their eggs at last.
‘Somehow, I bet I’ll be blamed for this,’ the goat thought glumly.

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Everyday Drabbles #635: The Mountain Giant

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The monks gathered on the side of the mountain to complete the ritual that was the true purpose of their order. Today was the one day of the year that the sun would pierce the canyon and light the ancient ruins, summoning their protector.

After some time, the wall of the canyon changed, and the Mountain Giant opened its eyes.

COMMAND?” it commanded in the Ancients’ secret language. The monks chanted the response spell, although none of them knew what the words meant.

“Enter sleep mode.”

Acknowledged.” The Mountain Giant closed its eyes. The world was safe for another year.

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Everyday Drabbles #634: The Dragon is Out

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The knights had cornered the rampaging dragon in Queens’ Park. The gargantuan crouched on its back legs and hissed at them. It lunged forward, bowling over two knights and making a break for it.
As the dragon bounded past, the captain bellowed a command. The knights loosed a massive chain ending in a hook that shot through the air and snagged on the iron ring encircling the dragon’s neck. They pulled, and the beast’s training took over, allowing itself to be walked back to the castle.
The captain sighed. He wished the king had a taste for more manageable pets.

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Everyday Drabbles #633: The Power Behind the Throne

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When we discovered the alien world, we debated for a long time how best to proceed. Everyone on the international committee claimed to hate the idea of colonizing the developing native civilization, but nobody trusted the others.
In the end, we decided to send an uncrewed probe to observe the planet. We thought that an artificial intelligence would keep to its mission above all else.
But we forgot the early lessons of that technology: The biases and flaws of the programmers often appeared in their creations.
We just received a message from the planet’s rulers, puppets of the orbiting robot.

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