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Inhabiting Your Skin

by on Jun 2, 2015 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

(3800 Words) The house won’t stop talking to you. You’ve tried to turn it off, several times, but it keeps happily turning itself back on, with a little chirp and a hum. You’ve tried to lower the volume, which works for a little bit, until the house gets frustrated, and suddenly shrieks...

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Undone

by on Mar 4, 2014 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

900 Words They have done everything they can to hide the arm. One of the finest needlewomen in the court created an elaborate sling, decorated with jewels and feathers, with the pattern of a swan fleeing a rainbow to chase a radiant moon. The jewels make the sling heavier than his arm,...

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An Assault of Color

by on Oct 1, 2013 in Short Fiction | 3 comments

The curses were the loveliest, and most satisfying, to paint. She could see them in her mind, even before she picked up a brush, pulsing and glowing with color in careful, delicate patterns. The love spells were surprisingly pale, dull, often almost lifeless on canvas; she supposed this...

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Labyrinth

by on Dec 4, 2012 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

by Mari Ness   In the center of the labyrinth, I wait. He may not come. Not all do. Some, deciding that a refusal to participate was a form of protest, merely sit near the entrance, waiting, assuming that the doors will open eventually, release them. It is a true enough guess—but the...

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Copper, Iron, Blood and Love

by on Mar 6, 2012 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

By Mari Ness In the village of Sandel they tell a tale of how a raven once flew into the village to give a woman seven fine children. Of how these children grew tall and strong if perhaps a bit unwise and untrustworthy, and of how the woman brought a knife to their throats in the hopes...

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