Rewrite: The Meeting – Part 2 of 3

Ceylan stopped under a tree with a bronze limb. “The limb’s lost its leaves. The trap’s already been tripped.” She looked inside a hole in the tree. “Empty. The trap didn’t work.” She walked more quickly to the next trap, a rock of red gold. “It’s pushed into the rubies. This one’s been tripped too,... Continue Reading →

Rewrite: The Meeting – Part 1 of 3

“The very thought is absurd. In millennia of ruling Mother has never done anything like what she’s accused of unprovoked.” “She hasn’t, but the other rulers have, and the see everything through their own lens.” Nesrin still wasn’t happy about having to impersonate Samira, especially not when she was on trial. Ceylan had just gotten... Continue Reading →

Nesrin’s Comet

When Nesrin looked into the burning rock hurtling towards her, she was grateful to have her uncountable siblings around her. One hidden one acting alone can only divert a comet with monumental effort, but a large gathering of them can manage quite easily. She heard her mother say “Wait till it comes through the clouds to... Continue Reading →

Conventional Adventures

Isabelle and Jason adjusted their costumes as they walked into the building for the local comic book and fantasy convention downtown. Isabelle had on a blond wig, a white button-down shirt with a blue and silver tie, and a shin-length black skirt. Jason had on a black trench coat with a dark blue scarf-ish thing... Continue Reading →

Restoring Memories

Nesrin and Ceylan had just joined the restoration staff of an open-air museum preserving the remains of an ancient city. They surveyed the ruins around them, finding very little left of the city; some scraps of wall, a few statues, minuscule traces of road. Nesrin stopped to pet the nose of a stone lion, analyzing... Continue Reading →

Snapshots of Alternatives

Jason’s roommate Jonathan nudged him awake. Looking around, Jason saw that he had fallen asleep on the couch holding a video game controller, again. He looked at his phone and saw it was 5 pm. “Great. I lost almost another full day of job searching.” “Which reminds me, the rent’s due, and I can’t afford... Continue Reading →

Wish Granted

Jason and Isabelle were sitting on their balcony fanning themsleves with envelopes while they opened Christmas cards. Finally Jason flung down his envelope in frustration. "It's a week before Christmas and it's 78 degrees outside. Something is seriously wrong with this." "This is Mobile, Alabama, mi hermano. You know it never gets cold here. Trees... Continue Reading →

Wraiths of Might-Have-Beens

On Fridays Isabelle and Jason both had night class from 6 to 8:30. Their classes were in separate buildings and fairly far apart, so they didn’t actually see each other until Jason picked Isabelle up for the drive home. Considering they lived together, this short break from each other wasn’t a hardship for either sibling.... Continue Reading →

Lest We Forget

Ceylan stood in silence while Nesrin planted a circle of poppies. She was there mainly for her sister. Ceylan had been in the hidden realm for the War; she hadn't seen it personally like Nesrin had. Neither spoke, and Nesrin didn't look up from the flowers, but Ceylan did notice this was the first year... Continue Reading →

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