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: 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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