Prompt Short Story: Allies

Elysa was collected from Yan’s shop by a fresh-faced and eager messenger, who chattered the whole way, pointing out buildings and sights that she was far too exhausted and tense to take in. Yan provided a constant translation, which likewise meant nothing to her. But the talking was somehow comforting, so she tuned out the …
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Prompt Short Story: An Unexpected Landing

Elysa grunted as the larger ship pulled its bulk closer into hers, setting off warnings. Built for speed, she didn’t have so much in the way of weapons, relying on the ability to get the fuck out of there before taking too much damage. Or, preferably, before any other ship even realised she was there. …
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Prompt Short Story: It’s All Fun And Games…

“So let me just run over some of your statements, OK?” the burly Timekeeper said, looking at the three youngsters in front of him. Paurid hadn’t seen these three before, which was something of a surprise given the situation. Atkin–human. Cain–part-human. Robold–full Krolacite. And their missing friend, Jero–full Anthry. “You won’t tell me how you …
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Prompt Short Story: Epilogue

CW: talk of a pandemic and resulting deaths The world is dying. “Up to 22% might survive!” they used to say, bright and peppy from their happy pills and good healthcare. But they were right about this one thing. Most people are dying. I wonder how they felt when it came for them. I wonder …
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Prompt Short Story: Cursed

Content Warnings: violent death (mentions), curse, magic, behavioural training (mentions) Fucking unbelievable. Here she is, in the middle of the goddamned night, calling to say she’s done it again. And of course what that means is “You have to help me!”. Fuck. And she knows, of course, that I’ll never say no. I can, but …
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Prompt Short Story: On The Hunt

Gerard stepped out of the shop doorway, his zipped, dark blue jacket, black baseball cap, and black chinos rendering him almost invisible in the darkness of night. Occasional streetlamps flickered, picking out a dark beard, grey flecked, against the strong line of his jaw. He strode purposefully, but not speedily, along the pavement. In front …
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Prompt Short Story: Endings (Of Wings & Fur #15 & final)

For a long moment, Brute’s howl hung in the air, echoing off the cave walls. Every eye turned to him as he reared up on his hind legs, spread his front paws, and howled again, before dropping back down on all fours and baring his teeth in a snarl. Waiting. Even knowing he was on …
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Prompt Short Story: Coup (Of Wings & Fur #14)

Trina awoke at the setting of the moon, her blood fizzing in her veins, and eased herself out from beneath the blankets she and Cherry shared in Cobalt’s camp. She could feel the approaching dawn, a gift from her inner wolf, but today she sensed more. She supposed the smell of blood in her nostrils, …
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Prompt Short Story: Allies (Of Wings & Fur #13)

When Cherry awoke, she found herself snuggled up against Trina’s side. Making an appreciative noise, she wriggled in further, making Trina laugh and stop reading. “Awake at last,” Trina murmured, rolling onto her side so as to properly give cuddles. “How long did I sleep?” “A few hours. Long enough to miss part one of …
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Prompt Short Story: Peace (Of Wings & Fur 12)

Cherry had barely begun to fill in Trina, Sofia, and Brute on what she’d seen before Al came bounding into one of the numerous barely-used rooms they were using to talk out of the way. The door burst open, Al already apologising, “Sorry, I’m sorry, you said don’t disturb except in an emergency and, uh…” …
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