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The Dragons of Arveross Valley
There weren’t always dragons in the valley. A century ago, they had lived in the mountains, guarding their nests full of treasure. At least that's what the history texts said. Not many people who had ventured into the peaks survived the trip. It wasn't certain whether they had perished at the hands, or rather, the talons of dragons or if the harsh conditions of the towering tors had been the cause. Any treasure the dragons may have accrued was likely long gone, buried beneath the rubble of what used to be colossal peaks.
Curse of the Voodoo Priestess
An eerie sound wove through the cemetery as a gust of air wrapped around the edges of the crypts. The myriad of buildings with the occasional statue interspersed among them looked like an ancient and otherworldly city within a city. The metropolis being below sea level prevented the inhabitants from burying their dead in the ground. Not many graveyards were as picturesque as those in New Orleans. A recent storm left everything wet and shimmering in the moonlight. Water still dripped from the buildings and trees with soft plinking sounds. A few stray bolts of lightning flickered in the distance.
The Kinships of Solari V
Talia watched out of the window with excitement as they approached the planet below. It had been named Solari V as it was the fifth planet from Rana, this system’s sun. According to the data coming in from the probes, the world was temperate and suitable for human occupation. From this distance, she could see the greens and browns of the land fading to white at the poles and the swirling blues of the oceans. It looked so much like Nueva Terra, the home she had left. Her home planet, in turn, had been reminiscent of Earth, from where her ancient ancestors had hailed.
This Side of the Horizon
Kenzie stood on the edge of the cliffs watching the fishing boats silhouetted against the horizon. The white-capped waves crashed against the rocks below. She longed to be out on the sea, sailing away from here, away from the only home she had ever known. There just wasn’t much left for her here. The winds blew her shoulder-length brown hair back from her face and made her green eyes water slightly. She glanced down at the rocks for a moment. She thought she saw something down there, an animal maybe. It had been dark brown, almost blending in with the wet stones. Whatever it was, she couldn’t see it anymore. She pulled her jacket tighter against the chilly winds and turned to head home.
The Cabin on Dagger Lake
Ella slowed down on the heavily rutted dirt road to check her GPS. Well, it was more like she nearly came to a stop because the road was so bumpy and twisty. The blue arrow on the screen sat in a field of white. The only other thing the GPS showed was Dagger Lake off to the right. She was so far out of civilization that the device couldn’t even find a road. That was great for privacy, not so much for finding her way to her home for the next few months, or at least until she finished her next book.
Witch In The Wild
She peered through the thick green foliage, barely allowing herself to breathe. The birds had stopped singing. The animals that had been scampering about suddenly scurried off. She waited with her arrow nocked and ready. The brush in the distance was rustling. Then she saw the man, not even trying to hide his approach. When he was within range, she pulled back on the bowstring and let her arrow fly, whispering a prayer for the Air to let it fly true. The arrow went through the eye slit of the soldier’s helmet. Dead before he hit the ground, he never even saw it coming. She waited to be sure that there had been no one else following behind him then, quietly slid out of the tree. She yanked the arrow out of his face, gagging slightly when his eyeball came with it. She cleaned the weapon on his cloak and took his sword with her. She couldn’t afford to lose any arrows. She kept moving. She had to get out of Shoniel before they caught her.
Boys Will Be Boys
Kyle gave Amelia an appreciative look as he sat at the bar. He banged his glass on the scuffed wooden surface to let her know he wanted another beer. He caressed her hand as she reached out to grab the stein. The shapely barmaid pulled her hand away from his roughly. He smiled at her while keeping his eyes firmly on her breasts. She walked over to the taps then slid the glass back down the bar to him. Beer and foam sloshed out onto his shirt. “Watch out, you stupid little….”
The Strange Disappearance of Kathleen Kilday
Shadows were beginning to envelop the trees in the thicket across the road as evening set in. Kathleen brushed the hair from her brow with her forearm as she spread the last of the clean clothes over the hedges to dry. Something just out of sight caught her eye. She turned to peer into the trees. A green light blinked in the distance. It moved a bit erratically. What could be making that light?
Girls Night Out
Sophie barely stirred as the door to her apartment banged open. Kayla had said she was coming over for a movie night. Of course, Kayla’s idea of a movie night meant sappy love stories on the Hallmark Channel. If it were up to Sophie, which was rare, she would prefer binge-watching Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.
For The Love Of Marigolds
The rich black earth filtered through his fingers as he spread it around the marigolds. They were Aurelia’s favorite flower. Nate had planted marigolds in the flower beds every fall since they had married. He looked at the flowers with the ruffled petals, the yellows and oranges looking like the beautiful sunsets she always dragged him out of the house to see. She told him that marigolds reminded her of the sun and filled her with joy.
What Lies In The Heart
Isobel sat in the kitchen looking at the nondescript brown paper box sitting on the table in front of her. She wasn’t sure she wanted to open it. There was a good chance the contents would be overflowing with undesired emotions. She hadn’t asked for this. Her life had been nearly perfect before this. She pushed the chair back from the table with a huff of frustration. She couldn’t do this right now. Grabbing her jacket, she walked out of the house and went to the stables.