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Fiction

Ribbons

Monday’s lover tugs at Jan’s ribbon with his teeth. Jan doesn’t yell at the lover to stop. The guy just received bad news from the front—a friend lost to a bomb, perhaps, a sibling blown to bits; Jan doesn’t ask. He tells the lover, instead, to be careful: We don’t want my head rolling off […]

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The North Pole Workshops

You have reached the Consumer Help Offices of the North Pole Workshops, specialists in making wishes come true. This call may be recorded for quality control, training, or other purposes. Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed. To report Naughty Incidents, press 1. To report Nice Incidents, press 2. To request a toy, […]

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Ina’s Spark

If Evina waited much longer it would be full dark, and the tavern would almost certainly have a godforsaken bard by then. As if that weren’t bad enough, by the pricking of the hair along her arms, there had to be at least five other mages in easy walking distance. No surprise, really, given King […]

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That Story Isn’t the Story

Everything Anton owns goes in one black trash bag. His ratty yellow sketchpad, which he bought to draw the other familiars when he moved here, and only ever used three pages of. The few shirts and khakis that he paid for with his own money, before Mr. Bird took control of his finances. A broken […]

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For Want of Milk

(Content Note: Miscarriage, Animal Death)   There’s magic in my mother’s cattle. Warm milk drips through my fingers and fills one, two, three iron pails. The cow lows, but she stills when I put my hand on her flank. I tell her not to worry. There’s still plenty for the calf. I carry what I […]

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