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Old School Bus Magic
scene 1 OVER BLACK VALERIE (V.O.) Ms. Frizzle to Bus! Ms. Frizzle to Bus! Over! FADE IN In outer space, we move past the Earth to the edge of the solar system. A damaged-looking, rectangular-ish red starship is being piloted by a shadowy figure.
The Gold In Grief
In the face of the Denarhi, the fire demons, laughter is more powerful than a cudgel—more significant, even, than magic. By laughter, joy, hope, the Denarhi may be turned away. Both hew and hammer, destruction and creation, laughter is the very thread by which magic is woven. If the laugh is true, the Denarhi can burn, scorch, and scar, but never fully devour.
In the Name
“What do you mean, you ‘made a deal’? It sounds as though you bartered with my life, Mother!” As a prince, Kinsik was raised better than to shout, especially at the queen. He was well-versed in diplomatic discussion and the art of arbitration. He had been taught to control every impulse, every idea. Kinsik was—ordinarily—articulate, reasoned, patient, and calm. Quite capable of inheriting the crown his mother bore—which was good, as he’d be coronated in a week’s time.
Too Many Mattresses
For Tasha Who didn’t have to take me into her heart But seems to have done so anyhow It was a long, long way down. Nobody thinks about fifty downy mattresses being tall, but I am here to tell you—they are tall. I was way, way high up. Is it any wonder that I didn’t sleep? I’m absolutely petrified when it comes to heights!
Eyes of a Monster, Tears of a Man
I did not curse my godson as retribution. I cast it as his cure. He, Prince Liam, was beloved, but never satisfied; never fulfilled. He chased continual validation without weighing its worth. Moreover, he never held praise long enough to digest it. I watched, approaching alarm, as his body matured, but his heart decayed. I could not watch impotently while he worsened. A year before Liam’s coronation, I charted a harsher course.
- Top Story - December 2022