Flashy Friday: The Wild Hunt

Time distorts even the greatest legends, making them soft and malleable, turning them into doddering, soft old men who pamper children that bribe them toward kindness with milk and cookies. And though Odin reveled in his role as Jul Father, taking great pleasure in the jolliness his very spirit brought to children of all ages, […]

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Flashy Friday: Tempting Death

Death played spectator to her sport, and she always felt him watching her, but they both knew the thrills she sought were far better temptations than the needle she used to sink into her arm. If Death was going to catch her, she wanted to embrace him like a lover and go down knowing she’d […]

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Flashy Friday: Even In Death

The people gathered around her body, awed and heartbroken, dumbfounded and silent. She’d been their protector and guardian since well before a good many of them were even born. They knew not who felled her, for none was brave enough to confess to committing a crime so dark and heinous the punishment would be far […]

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Flashy Friday: Sleeping Gods

“Don’t give up,” Sissy said. She held out her offering to the old forest god, a part of her trembling inside, both in fear and anticipation. Every day, she’d come to encourage the god, to remind him that there were still people who not only believed, but needed for him to be real.   He […]

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Flashy Friday: Not a Harvest God

Every day the people in the village brought offerings to the small shrine in hopes of appeasing the god they believed took up residence there. Good favor would mean larger crop yields come harvest, they said. It would mean fewer deaths during the long winters. But Henrietta knew in her soul there was no god at […]

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Flashy Friday: Dropping Hope

He was tired of holding onto it, clutching it in his hand, fingers gripping so tight the bright white edges of it seeped out through the cracks between his knuckles. It wriggled softly against his palm, tickling his skin almost affectionately. At his back, the sounds of an argument that existed long before he was […]

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