The moth don't care when he sees the flame
He might get burned, but he's in the game
And once he's in, he can't go back
He'll beat his wings till he burns them back
Written for TidalDragon's Knockout Challenge 2019-2020, Round 1: Dysfunctional Relationships
Banner by Noelle Zingarella
Beautiful Award by Rumpelstiltskin
Although she was one of the Seven Factors with the ability to interact with the Hidden World, Gobnait McCann never expected to do more than marry and bear children. All that would change one night in October of 1871 when a disaster, a dragon, and a stranger call her to duty in what could only be termed a baptism by fire.
"Someone learns something unexpected about his ancestry and acts upon it." That was the challenge for a 700-word HP drabble that grew from a drabble to an 8,000-word story to a 120-page screenplay, evolving along the way from Draco-Astoria-Scorpius Malfoy to Denis-Aurelie-Silvestre Paridelle, but the HP clues are still there, discernible to a knowledgeable eye. Can you spot them?
The original drabble ended at Plot Point One, where Scorpius/Silvestre says, "If you don't open them, then when I'm an old man and you're dead, I will do it. So we might as well look at them now. Don't you want to know?"
For Dr Tetsu Nakamura, who had dedicated his life to the peace and development of Afganistan.
I thought of this poem watching Mt. Fuji in winter.
A night of familiar despair and sadness between Samantha and Frances.
Written for TidalDragon's Knockout Challenge 2019-20 round one.
A man performs a rite to bring his beloved wife back from the dead.
Written for TidalDragon's Knock-out Challenge 2019-20
Magic wasn't always present here. It came here, just like the many races did once. Listen, and i'll tell you the story of how it came to be.
*Written for Noelle Zingarella's Wizard Tales from Many Lands Challenge*
How hard can it be to pretend to be in love?
Violet Armstrong's life has been going well. She only has one problem: her judgemetnal older sister is getting married. In a moment of panic, Violet says she will bring the guy she’s seeing to the wedding. But there is no boyfriend. She hasn’t been on a date in months.
With the help of her best friend, she gets back in contact with an old acquaintance. Jon Summers is tall, handsome, and successful. He looks good on paper, but Violet is reluctant since he spent their school years getting on her nerves. Even so, he’s her best option as a date.
All they have to do is pretend to be dating over the course of Stella’s wedding weekend. Then they can move on. That is, if they stick to the plan…
A gate to the Perilous Realm, the border that blurs the distinction between life and death, the unseen thing that is watching you, just beyond your sight, the ancient, silent stone circles.
Clearly, I had died. What else could explain my sudden transition from the musty cabin to this pseudo-paradise? I must have had an aneurysm or a heart-attack, and now I was dead. I’d never finish CoH now.
Dear Mr. Earth President,
While we have many questions concerning your world and how it works, our department of reproduction and reproductive rights has taken special interest in your habits.
I have compiled a stack of inquiry letters surrounding the issues that have concerned us.
Your Friends From Aunia Tetera J98
for just.a.willow.tree's Epistolary Challenge
The client told them it’d be easy. Right in and right out with the loot. Then they could retire. Maybe settle down together. Adopt a kid or two and get out of that small Kentucky hell hole.
Next thing they knew there was a guy’s plastic wrapped corpse hidden in the bed of their F-150.
Banner by Noelle Zingarella
Hard things are worth doing.
A series of vignettes about the NICU.
The first chapter of this was written for MalfoysAngel's More than a Stereotype Challenge.
In the span of half an hour, Clementine Li goes from making soup to getting assaulted by rainwater—which leaves her cursed like a fish out of water. She and her mother search high and low for remedies for this curse, and it all seems hopeless until she comes across a pretty witch with friendly smiles and spells to boot...
(A story of water-witches, scrumptious foods, and one very confused young woman in the midst of it all.)