Giving and Taking

Gail crouched low, eyes locked on the wooden panels, bright red paint glaring at her as her eyelids began to twitch. Dabriel cracked his head back and forth, eyes drawn to the frosty blue coat with small puffs on the sleeves. Kolian danced from one foot to the other, listening to the call of two […]

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Eyes Filled with Souls

Rayce halted in his tracks, eyes bulging for but a moment before he scrambled to his knees, accidentally stubbing a toe and scraping his palm as he prostrated himself. Across the street, two young boys glanced at him curiously before twisting around to see what had spooked the poor fellow. Suddenly, two pairs of bony […]

The Crier

Gayle stuffed her head into her pillows, trying desperately to ignore the sound of the bell. Damion had been up every day before sunset, waking the whole village while he was at it. As the bell continued to echo through the streets, the town crier, Alexa, began calling out her morning greeting, “Orcs spotted in […]

A Four-Day-In-One Holiday

On July 7, we celebrate not one but four holidays. Today is National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day, a day when one can take a walk with one’s father, father figure, or even just a friend. While this day fosters closeness among family members, it also provides an opportunity for physical activity, and a […]

Apples in a Pastry

Cheep! Cheep! Cheepcheepcheep! A high pitched cry sounded above me, and a moment later, a tiny object blurred as it dropped past me, dunking into the grass below. The untrimmed green ruffled in the breeze, dented in several places by the shuffle of since-passed feet. A new scuffle of feet heralded the arrival of yet […]

Ten Second Moment

July 1st is International Joke Day, not to be confused with April Fools Day, a day of pranks. On International Joke Day, consider that there are many people who, as a part of their everyday lives, hide pain, upset, grief, onsecurities, and all kinds of negative emotions. While you can’t fix many of these thing, […]

The Legend of Paul Bunyan

June 28th is Paul Bunyan Day.  The legend of Paul Bunyan says that Paul was an incredibly large man who could cut down a tree with a single swing from his axe. He and his blue ox, Babe, shaped the landscape in many ways, such as creating the Land of 10,000 Lakes with their footprints […]

Sun and Shade

The short dwarf squinted, pain shooting through her eyes as she tried to make out the distant spot on the horizon. There was something darker there…maybe and antelope or a person approaching? After a futile few moments, she whispered three words, clasping the fossil that hung from a leather strap she wore. She felt the […]

Cacao Before Chocolate

“Catch!” Simi tossed the oblong object, landing it neatly in her friend’s hand. Simi’s friend caught the pod neatly, her small hand closing easily around the ridged fruit. Reaching up, Simi dug her nail into the next fruit while her friend stored the first one. The scratch revealed gren skin underneath the tough exterior. Not […]