Liv is a 4x self-published author, musician, and hiking enthusiast She can often be found with her animals or curled up with a good book. Learn more about her books and other works at lsfables.com.
Every night at midnight, the purple clouds came out to dance with the blushing sky. They painted the night in soft, gooey hues and turned time into something taffy-like—malleable and sticky. Most of us hardly noticed its presence. It was an embarrassing inconvenience like monthly bleeding or doctor’s visits to be covered up and dealt with out of the public eye.
- Runner-Up in the Uncommon Challenge
Half a Soul
There weren't always dragons in the Valley. Their coming changed everything. No longer did the Chakha send out parties to hunt hares or graze cattle. They did not separate into nomadic groups to wander the steppe beneath the Uul peaks or take their rites in the icy waters of the lakes that lay beneath them, reflecting rock faces back into the sky. Neither the sun nor the moon guided them because the Chakha did not move beneath their light.
The Mariana Landing
I can’t ever sleep on a drop, but Teddy can. He’s snoozing already, his company jacket wadded up between his head and the thick plane of glass that separates us from the dark sea. He’s managed to drift off with his name tag pressed against his cheekbone, and he snores softly as occasional bits of bioluminescence flicker past the window. His mom doesn’t like that he goes by Teddy, but it fits him so much better than his real name. I can’t imagine addressing that mess of curls and freckles as Theodore.