New story: A Conversation in Silence

My fantasy story ‘A Conversation in Silence’ is now up at Fictional Pairings. You can read it for free and listen to the accompanying music.

It’s a quirky fairytale that puts a twist on the genre by focusing on a young female who suffers from anxiety and communication issues. She also has a pet dragonling!

Istred’s father held a ball in his castle every fortnight, attempting to find a suitor that would capture her heart; to no avail. Istred found it difficult to speak with those she met – she didn’t know what to say, or when to say it. She also found it difficult to look them in the eye – it felt strange, and made focusing on their words tougher.

 

 

New story: Stop, Thief!

I have a new fantasy story over on Bewildering Stories, which can be read for free.

‘Stop, Thief!’ features a young woman being chased through the streets by a pair of thief catchers employed by an auctioneers.

“Good effort, girl,” a gruff voice commended her.

Roanne didn’t let the man’s sarcastic praise get to her. She used the tools at her disposal; it was just unfortunate that all she had were stinky dustbins. She lifted one up that felt half-full and hurled it around behind her. When she let go, it scattered its slippery innards along the floor and knocked one of the thief catchers onto his backside.

 

 

New story: The Goddess of the Void

My 100 word fantasy story ‘The Goddess of the Void’ is up on The Drabble.

I went quite lyrical with this one. It’s a little piece about a mysterious figure who goes around during the twilight hours gathering moments with a bucket and spade.

“She skips across the edges of paving stones and playfully traces a finger along the lines between bricks in walls.”