The Flame of Old Instincts – A Short Story

Sparrow tossed the heavy ropes into the water then leapt onto the moving ship. Now unmoored, the large vessel drifted out to sea. The other fishermen smiled at her as she gripped the push pole one of them was holding and added her strength to it. Soon the ship was clear of the shallows and …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 20

Iric’s heart thundered in his chest as he strode to the cafe. Hunter hopped along at his side. Seeming to notice his apprehension, the dog rubbed her head reassuringly against his leg. The young watchman stopped in his tracks. A thousand emotions and thoughts fought for center stage in his mind. He stared at the …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 19

Iric couldn’t have guessed that Sergeant Vott was such an avid Foxes and Larks player. The moment the big man found out the rookie watchman was learning the game, he disappeared into the dark, dusty storage room. “Any man with even a slight measure of wits should know this game,” Vott said from the cavernous …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 18

The old man chuckled, the wisdom lines on his face bursting out in chaotic patterns, not unlike the cracks on a spot of sun-dried mud after a storm. “This isn’t funny,” Iric said, trying to contain his frustration. “There’s a thief on the loose, and if I don’t catch him, Sergeant Vott will have my …

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A Voice in the Water – FFfAW

I haven't been keeping up with my flash fiction challenges lately, and I wasn't intending to do so. But this week, Priceless Joy--the person who manages Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers--is suffering from a personal loss. FFfAW is one of my favorite little flash prompt groups, and Priceless Joy is such a kind and generous fellow …

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Here’s to breaking new ground! – Check out my story now on Eternal Remedy

Things seem to be picking up for me. I had another story published today, this time by Eternal Remedy. This story was originally posted on my blog under the title The Adventures of Iric, Vol. 7. A unique title was added during the submission process. The story is now called "Memories of the South." The stuff …

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(Flash Stories) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 17

“What’s all the commotion?” Iric said, pushing his way through the agitated and growing crowd. “The Wizard Council’s proctor has arrived,” a relatively quiet, middle-aged woman said to him. She was shorter than most in the crowd, with shoulder length graying hair that fell from a polished copper band, roughly carved in the shape of …

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(Flash Stories) The Adventures of Iric, Vol. 16

Iric watched the swarm of ants as they marched down the cracked cobblestone road, along the edges where weeds had begun to reassert their dominance. The army marched in double file, around a corner into a smaller alley that seemed more jungle than street. If the weeds on the main road were just regaining their …

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