Along the Road to Giants

“Along the Road to Giants”

by Emily McCosh

I hear the whispers before the cries for help. My lynx ears perk up at the soft sounds drifting through the undergrowth. Gentle reassurances mix with calls for aid, the voice deep and thundering. It pushes up old memories I […]

Exactly What You Need

“Exactly What You Need”

by Brandon Crilly

“…still can’t believe you have this edition in stock. I’ve spoken to bloody archivists who told me to give up looking. You’re certain you don’t remember how you acquired it?”

Constance shrugged and smiled as per usual, as she laid the […]

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bonnie Randall

 

Andrew Gavin glared at the iPod plugged into the speaker dock. “‘Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer’,” he snapped. “Right. Likely when everybody was hammered.” He poked the speaker off.

His wife, Elizabeth, blinked at him.

“Stupidest Christmas song ever,” […]

Tumbling Up

“Tumbling Up”

by Kate MacLeod

 

The Hydridae on the other side of the glass danced, their willowy appendages tracing arcs through the murky water. Fumahadi nodded and my mother smiled and I realized I was the only one not understanding what was being said.

My heart pounded, […]

The Ministry of Lost Buttons

“The Ministry of Lost Buttons” by Sarina Dorie

 

Celeste admired the fluffy, cotton ball clouds drifting lazily in the cerulean sky. It was the perfect day for taking a walk on Hawthorne Boulevard. Apparently 50,000 other residents of the SE Portland neighborhood thought so too. The sidewalk was packed […]

Sister Snow

“Sister Snow” by Salinda Tyson

 

The tavern is crowded, and although my bed will likely be in the stable, the coppers I earn and the food and ale, will keep flesh on my bones and soles on my boots for a while.

Back-country folk are eager for songs and […]

Mustering Out

“Mustering Out”

by Deborah L. Davitt

 

Hospitals adhered to universal constants. Khaki or gray walls. Khaki or gray tiles. Or, for a change-up, gray or khaki carpeting. The penetrating aroma of antiseptics and cleaning fluids, just barely masking fouler odors from a cart, positioned just outside the […]

Mirror, Mirror

“Mirror Mirror”

by Mark English

 

I pretend an interest in the dusky view through the train window, but I am focused utterly on my reflection. I wonder if my vitreous shade can still hear Martin’s screams echoing in her head, feel the weight of his limbs in […]

Calx in Rime

“Calx in Rime” by M. Keaton

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It was snowing when the heroes came from the sky. Erika was returning from the funeral—another funeral—behind her Uncle Torvald, and before the farrier’s wife, whose name she did not know. It was the way of her people: the long procession […]

Ice Monarch

“Ice Monarch”

by Michèle Laframboise

Wings outstretched, I chased my shadow across the barren expanse of artificial ice, a floating desert crossed by a few polar bears and the mobile palaces of the Ice Lords. What was left of me barely registered the cold.

The white bears felt as lost […]