The Collapsed Kingdom

Raised in the traditional culture of the thalassic isles, Merida had been deeply impacted by their apocryphal folklore. She truly believed in the Collapsed Kingdom and fully intended to uncover it. Her eyes, the most striking feature of her face, sparkled passionately as she saddled her mare for the journey. This piece of flash fiction… Continue reading The Collapsed Kingdom

From the Hallowed Way

Once the humblest and simplest of the Goddess' disciples, Vera had long been on the upgrade, known far and wide by other acolytes for her unnatural lack of fear. Never once had she oscillated from the Hallowed Way, even when faced with the most challenging of paranormal rituals. She belonged, body, heart and soul, to… Continue reading From the Hallowed Way

In the lights and shadows

In the lights and shadows before the otherworldly giant, fearing battery or worse, Markos rummaged for the medallion with trepidation. The scene exceeded his imagination. "Organization isn't my strength… Quite the opposite…" Accepting his tribute, the giant opened his maw, revealing a cobblestone pathway. “Inner Beauty”Photo by Thomas Barbey This piece of flash fiction was… Continue reading In the lights and shadows

Down the silent flume

Marilyn stared down the silent flume of concrete and metal, her eyelid twitching apprehensively. In an underworld run amok, uncertainty was baked into the cake, but this was supposed to have been an elite operation! Marilyn Monroe This piece of flash fiction was written in response to: The Sunday Muse #231; Fandango’s One-Word Challenge: 'twitch';… Continue reading Down the silent flume

Superimposed over the forest

Clamping her mouth tightly, Shabina massaged her twisted ankle; the elders had warned she'd get into a pickle. Countless numbers had aspired to recover the precious shamanic mask, only to have disappeared… like cousin Shabu. Suddenly, in a flash of red and yellow, Shabu appeared shimmering above her, as though magically superimposed over the forest… Continue reading Superimposed over the forest

Descend into the catacomb

Cowed into silence, those sitting around the circular table observed as the sorcerer raised the enchanted wine glass over the sleek surface and slowly turned it sideways. Water miraculously began pouring from the empty vessel, as the wizard inverted it fully and placed it at the center of the table. The crystalline liquid continued spreading,… Continue reading Descend into the catacomb

Her jade(d) eyes

The curse was purported to be unbreakable; but the minstrel winked at the princess with a mysterious confidence. "You hope to succeed where so many failed?" she asked dispassionately. "Very well. Which key will unlock my caged heart?" The bard looked past the keys hanging from the ceiling, directly into her jade(d) eyes, and pulled… Continue reading Her jade(d) eyes

The frigid dungeon laboratory

Sobbing, shoulders heaving, Taison stopped running upon reaching the forest's edge. Those wretched ghasts were tracking him somehow… They had to be. But how?What had the lich done to him? Calming himself, the cleric struggled to think back through the fog of images to his imprisonment in the frigid dungeon laboratory; what was it that… Continue reading The frigid dungeon laboratory