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The Grand Penguin
There was one thing Knight Tony was sure of and it was that foxes don’t talk. “Are you listening?” The vixen asked him. Tony shook his head, then ran his hand through his blond hair. “You can’t talk. I’m … I’m … you can’t talk.” The vixen tilted her head to one side. Her tail swished behind her. “Why not? I’m already talking.” “You just … it’s … I …” The vixen sighed. “Look, human, do you want a cookie from the Grand Penguin or not?” Tony stared at her like she was out of her mind. He’d come to these
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Mind Seed
In the days before, when the world was still young, they say the plants let all their seeds float through the air. No fruit or shells covered them for in those days, no plant knew to cover their seeds. In turn, all the animals and people ate the seeds and only a few lucky plants ever survived to create seeds of their own. One day, as a man laid down to take an afternoon rest, one seed floated down and landed in the man’s ear. Thinking it had landed in the perfect patch of dirt, the seed burrowed down deep inside the man’s head and spread out its roots. The man, who had no knowledge of what had happened, awoke with a terrible hea
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Babysitting a Dragon
Leo looked at the dragon in the cage in the barn. The dragon looked at him with her wide blue eyes. She was only the size of a puppy now, but when full grown, she would be the size of a house. Small for a dragon but gold dragons were small. For goofing off in his class for spare princes, he’d been assigned to babysit the baby dragon the knights had stolen for the school. She’d been getting smarter and working to get out of her cage so someone had to watch her at all times. Leo couldn’t blame her for wanting to get out. She was to be used for practice fighting full grown dragons. As a baby, she wasn’t all that dangerou
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Fate
The trouble with being a god is that you know well in advance if someone is going to succeed or fail when you set them to a task. Sure, watching can be a little fun, and I do emphasize the word little, but that’s about it. You already know everything they will do so there is no surprise or mystery in it. Which means when you know your guy will win, you’re just rigging the race. And when you know they will fail, you’re just setting them up. In this kid’s case, it was the latter. Now don’t get me wrong, I took no joy in setting her up for this, but she was the only one with the will to see it through. So, yes, I
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Ziggy's New Toy
Ziggy Stardust was looking for a new toy. It had been five years since his last one expired. A human this time. They tended to last longer than the other species in this galaxy. This wasn’t his galaxy, mind you. There was something a little too incestuous about playing with the species from the galaxy you created. Earth was a good place to find a new bedroom toy. It took a disguise of course. He didn’t want to frighten the humans, of course, so he put on a human disguise. Anyone that glanced in his direction would think he was just an ordinary human strumming a guitar in a Detroit park. Only a particularly observant person would
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To Awaken A God
The high priest’s breath came out as steam as he dripped wine over the alter in the shape of a cross. The deep red wine pooled in the small grooves where the blood would flow. the incline on the alter wasn’t enough to make such a small amount of liquid run down, but when he pierced his first victum’s heart, the blood would. It would mix with the wine and run down like water and pool at the god Yahlan’s feet. It had been three generations since Yahlan stopped here. Why he stopped was a mystery and repeated attempts at answers had yielded nothing. The god was silent, unmoving. In time, a church was built around him. Pra
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The True Hero of the World
Watching people die from the skids was not pretty and Dr. Dennis Green had taken to just giving his patients lethal doses of whatever he had to spare them. All of that was out now, and he’d had to resort to slitting arteries. There wouldn’t be any other shipments of medicine either. There weren’t enough well people to make any sort of medicine left. There weren’t enough medical people either, but Dennis still came to work every morning like he always did. What else was he going to do? The rest of the world had fallen apart when the disease broke out, but he and the five other surviving staff kept the hospital going wi
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Before the Fight
Alex the Bear loved three things in life. First and foremost was fighting. He had brawny muscles, a grizzled beard, and hair all over. It was how he got the nickname “the bear” in the first place. Promptly after being given the name, he sought out a way to live up to it and learned to fight like a bear. Second, Alex loved women. He was a passionate lover of women. Big women. Small women. Even red headed women, and he could testify that they did indeed have souls. Or at least a lot of passion. It was a woman that he had gone to meet on that soon to be battlefield late after dark. The called her Natia the Brute, and it was a name
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The Gold Mirror
It glittered like gold. Well, okay, it was gold, so yes it glittered like what it was. What? I’m not good at being poetic and stuff, okay? Look, just trust me, it glittered really bright even for gold. And honestly, when you consider it was night and the small gold hand mirror was still sparkling, it was impressive. That gold mirror was what I’d been sent to steal. Now I know what you’re thinking; why would someone send a eleven year old to steal a priceless gold mirror from some snooty elf lady? To that I answer why not? I’m capable. Plus, I’m eleven, so they’re more likely to go easy on me. They’
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The Grand Penguin
There was one thing Knight Tony was sure of and it was that foxes don’t talk. “Are you listening?” The vixen asked him. Tony shook his head, then ran his hand through his blond hair. “You can’t talk. I’m … I’m … you can’t talk.” The vixen tilted her head to one side. Her tail swished behind her. “Why not? I’m already talking.” “You just … it’s … I …” The vixen sighed. “Look, human, do you want a cookie from the Grand Penguin or not?” Tony stared at her like she was out of her mind. He’d come to these
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Mind Seed
In the days before, when the world was still young, they say the plants let all their seeds float through the air. No fruit or shells covered them for in those days, no plant knew to cover their seeds. In turn, all the animals and people ate the seeds and only a few lucky plants ever survived to create seeds of their own. One day, as a man laid down to take an afternoon rest, one seed floated down and landed in the man’s ear. Thinking it had landed in the perfect patch of dirt, the seed burrowed down deep inside the man’s head and spread out its roots. The man, who had no knowledge of what had happened, awoke with a terrible hea
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Babysitting a Dragon
Leo looked at the dragon in the cage in the barn. The dragon looked at him with her wide blue eyes. She was only the size of a puppy now, but when full grown, she would be the size of a house. Small for a dragon but gold dragons were small. For goofing off in his class for spare princes, he’d been assigned to babysit the baby dragon the knights had stolen for the school. She’d been getting smarter and working to get out of her cage so someone had to watch her at all times. Leo couldn’t blame her for wanting to get out. She was to be used for practice fighting full grown dragons. As a baby, she wasn’t all that dangerou
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Fate
The trouble with being a god is that you know well in advance if someone is going to succeed or fail when you set them to a task. Sure, watching can be a little fun, and I do emphasize the word little, but that’s about it. You already know everything they will do so there is no surprise or mystery in it. Which means when you know your guy will win, you’re just rigging the race. And when you know they will fail, you’re just setting them up. In this kid’s case, it was the latter. Now don’t get me wrong, I took no joy in setting her up for this, but she was the only one with the will to see it through. So, yes, I
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Ziggy's New Toy
Ziggy Stardust was looking for a new toy. It had been five years since his last one expired. A human this time. They tended to last longer than the other species in this galaxy. This wasn’t his galaxy, mind you. There was something a little too incestuous about playing with the species from the galaxy you created. Earth was a good place to find a new bedroom toy. It took a disguise of course. He didn’t want to frighten the humans, of course, so he put on a human disguise. Anyone that glanced in his direction would think he was just an ordinary human strumming a guitar in a Detroit park. Only a particularly observant person would
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To Awaken A God
The high priest’s breath came out as steam as he dripped wine over the alter in the shape of a cross. The deep red wine pooled in the small grooves where the blood would flow. the incline on the alter wasn’t enough to make such a small amount of liquid run down, but when he pierced his first victum’s heart, the blood would. It would mix with the wine and run down like water and pool at the god Yahlan’s feet. It had been three generations since Yahlan stopped here. Why he stopped was a mystery and repeated attempts at answers had yielded nothing. The god was silent, unmoving. In time, a church was built around him. Pra
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The True Hero of the World
Watching people die from the skids was not pretty and Dr. Dennis Green had taken to just giving his patients lethal doses of whatever he had to spare them. All of that was out now, and he’d had to resort to slitting arteries. There wouldn’t be any other shipments of medicine either. There weren’t enough well people to make any sort of medicine left. There weren’t enough medical people either, but Dennis still came to work every morning like he always did. What else was he going to do? The rest of the world had fallen apart when the disease broke out, but he and the five other surviving staff kept the hospital going wi
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Before the Fight
Alex the Bear loved three things in life. First and foremost was fighting. He had brawny muscles, a grizzled beard, and hair all over. It was how he got the nickname “the bear” in the first place. Promptly after being given the name, he sought out a way to live up to it and learned to fight like a bear. Second, Alex loved women. He was a passionate lover of women. Big women. Small women. Even red headed women, and he could testify that they did indeed have souls. Or at least a lot of passion. It was a woman that he had gone to meet on that soon to be battlefield late after dark. The called her Natia the Brute, and it was a name
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The Gold Mirror
It glittered like gold. Well, okay, it was gold, so yes it glittered like what it was. What? I’m not good at being poetic and stuff, okay? Look, just trust me, it glittered really bright even for gold. And honestly, when you consider it was night and the small gold hand mirror was still sparkling, it was impressive. That gold mirror was what I’d been sent to steal. Now I know what you’re thinking; why would someone send a eleven year old to steal a priceless gold mirror from some snooty elf lady? To that I answer why not? I’m capable. Plus, I’m eleven, so they’re more likely to go easy on me. They’
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The Ghost of You - 14 July 2017
Every night, the summer air was like wine, but they drank wine anyway. And drunk on the wine, but mostly each other, they shared touches and kisses and scrapes from the shingles when they climbed up onto each other’s roofs so their parents wouldn’t find them. In their later years, they try not to remember.
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Here
There will never be a straight path to where you want to go. We meander and wade through the soundtrack of our lives and still, we might never get there. I see you twisting your body round the desk as you, write this, write me, write them away. How many seconds did you pause before considering your underlying regret? Go straight, turn left and left again and still, you might never get there. What tethers us to this spot? What unknowns have we buried, have we uncovered? Today, I read that two scientists found fossils of a giant carnivore and I wondered at their bones. Did they rest easy? Did they sprint? Did they get to where they needed to go? I give up too easily and talk too much to stay here. So i turn round, head back and decided that right here and now, is where I needed to be.
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FFM 29: Thea's Seasons
In autumn, she feels at most peace. The trees in the forest are at their brightest in their dying – the reds, oranges, and yellows. Even the tans she can appreciate. Her hair turns a rust color. She begins preparing – sewing warmer clothes, making jerky, stockpiling wood. The wind whips the fallen leaves around the forest floor in colorful swirls. At night, the fire keeps her toasty warm. And on clear nights with no moon, the stars are at their brightest. --- In winter, she finds it hard to be kind. Her hair pales to an icy white, and no one comes through the forest anymore. Most days, she stays inside her hut, trying to keep wa
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We leave pieces of ourselves in the corners Of bookshelves, stuck between the pages And in the hand painted wooden bowl Collecting dust and spare change. My fingers grazed a fragment When I saw a photograph of you today And my lungs caught on the memory Of the first words you said to me Lingering like a ghost breath In the soft curve of my earlobe. (“Hi, mind if I ask you Some questions?”) I hid inside the rain to drown out The sound. The wet grass stuck to my toes And the droplets rolled down Over the shirt that my mom told me Makes me look like I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. (She thought her rebel was a princess Bu
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The Ghost Soldier
My mother used to work as a nurse in the Air Force, many years ago, and early on in her career she got stationed at a base hospital overseas. Although the hospital had been in operation for over a century, more than half of the original building was less than half that age when my mother went to work there. Bombings during some past war had torn the place apart, creating a clear division between the old and the new. The new sections of the hospital, for example, had well-lit hallways, smooth tiled floors, and the latest medical equipment. Meanwhile, the older sections of the hospital… held shadows from the past. My mother heard about
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Withering
I never knew the numbers that consumed you. You calculated pounds and sizes and calories in the silence of your head, and by the time I realised what you were doing the habit was rooted as deeply as your bones. I offered you silent support, because I had nothing more to give you, and because it was the best I’d ever had from you. It was far too late when I learned you needed more than silence. Far too often, I’d missed my chance to speak: because I was slow to see what was happening, slow to hear your cries for help; because I thought you must know best, as always; because I was afraid to misstep, to overstep, to risk your ire; a
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FFM 28 - This Is A Story About You
    In the middle of the circus stands a little tent with constellations floating up the sides. Inside you find, on the cloth covered table next to little cushioned chair, a dome shaped box embellished with six golden suns.       As you press them in the exact right order, the latch clicks, and you are rewarded. The room fills with a mysterious smoke while the lid opens in a painfully slow arch, and just as the anticipation threatens to consume you whole, a letter with your name on it is revealed.    “Congratulations!” it says inside. “You've won a free game of skeeball!”
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Thanks for the watch!

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thank you for your fav on Here :hug:

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Hey how's it going :) ?
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TealyaHobbyist General Artist
It's going good. Just got back a couple days ago from my vacation in Yellowstone. Now I'm trying to catch up on flash fiction month. How are things?
vulpineblaze's avatar
Just got this notification lol.. Whatcha up to these days? Is there a better way to reach you than DA?
I've been busy as heck, but I'm home a lot more recently, and wanna reconnect.
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TealyaHobbyist General Artist
Usually texting works. I work all day so I may not reply until after work.
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Thanks for the fave!