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Strange Charms – Themes in 2017

Strange Charms – Themes in 2017

In the words of my favorite movie Labyrinth, “Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered [the Gnomies] have fought [our] way here to”… bring you Quantum Fairy Tales 17th issue! But really, we’ve fought through high winds, flooding, power outages, and giant falling trees to bring you our fall issue. Hurricane Matthew has not been kind to those of us on the east coast, but now the worst is over and the time has come to celebrate! As part of the…

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The Deadline Game

The Deadline Game

There are a lot of different feelings that pop up when you hear the word DEADLINE. Sometimes they are productive feelings, like the little hamster in your think wheel on crack because he’s so excited to get things done! But more often than not, there is a sense of urgency or dread that can sometimes be crippling. Ive experienced both scenarios in varying forms over the years. I get a lot more dread when I have deadlines piled on top…

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Strange Charms: Resistance

Strange Charms: Resistance

There is a lot of talk about resistance on the interwebs right now. And just because I love words, I looked it up. re·sist·ance rəˈzistəns/ noun 1. the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument. “she put up no resistance to being led away” synonyms: opposition to, hostility to, refusal to accept “resistance to change” 2. the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely. “some of us have a…

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The Chinchilla Affair

The Chinchilla Affair

“Stop the car!” I slam on the brakes, jerking against the seat belt so hard the fabric cuts into the skin of my collarbone. My best friend, Rhiannon, ignores the sharp punch I land on her shoulder. She leans forward, absently fending me off with one hand. If I didn’t know for a fact she only had Cheetos and herbal tea at the party, I’d suspect her of being drunk. “What the hell, Rhia? You—” “Tess, look,” she says, grabbing…

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If I Die, When I Die

If I Die, When I Die

Still as a corpse and barely breathing, I hovered between dream and reality as Sunday morning silently rose from the dead of night. A loud clatter grated across the mellow morning, sending my eyelids rolling open like a baby doll. I slid off the lopsided mattress onto my feet and stretched. Cold air knifed up under my Walking Dead T-Shirt, sliced across my belly, over my breasts, and into my armpits. Draping the comforter around my shoulders, I peered out…

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Promised the Moon

Promised the Moon

A gray-skinned creature studied Wendell with unblinking eyes. It extended its hand, the knobby fingers stopping just inches from his chest. He recoiled, putting more space between the waxy-skinned fingers and his own torso. The hand didn’t waver. Dark, gray eyes fixed on Wendell’s own in a level gaze. The respirator over the lower half of the alien’s face ticked as it combined oxygen with whatever noxious gas the creature breathed. “You want a tip, don’t you? Probably won’t leave…

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Run, Child

Run, Child

Run, child. Run from the darkness that creeps like bindweed across the forest floor, its spindly tendrils reaching for your ankles. Run from the noises in the canopy above your head, the cackle of magpies and the call of a carrion crow. Run from the wind that rustles the leaves like something large and unseen racing through the undergrowth. Tell yourself there’s nothing there because that’s what Mummy and Daddy would tell you. There’s no such thing as monsters, they’d…

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The Burning Kind

The Burning Kind

42 “The phoenix, or phœnix as it is sometimes spelled, has been an enduring mythological symbol for millennia and across vastly different cultures. Despite such varieties of societies and times, the phoenix is consistently characterized as a bird with brightly colored plumage, which, after a long life, dies in a fire of its own making only to rise again from the ashes.”- New World Encyclopedia The Egyptians associated the phoenix with immortality and that symbolism had a widespread appeal in…

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Ten Haiku

Ten Haiku

crew sights land ahead after ten days in small raft alien seashore after breaking thick concrete shell find earth alien present gift awkward and unneeded another sun stars like light humor they call all the time a collection agency wish they were from earth aliens can goods food bank declines donation plain label human first sign of life found after landing on planet no trespassing sign set time machine correct date wrong planet alien captors stamp you with branding iron…

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The Motorist

The Motorist

Task: Learn to Drive Golem watched. From the front passenger seat, he memorized how his creator shifted gears, glanced at side mirrors, tuned to a favorite station. How she stomped on the brake pedal with the power of a hawk and always drove five miles over the limit. Looked easy, but at two months old Golem wasn’t eligible for a license. A small obstacle to mime a sophomore in high school. He drew in a deep breath and his body…

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Breakup With a Necromancer

Breakup With a Necromancer

At the rise of your hand, my heart fluttered In time with those beneath the ground Whom you called from their rest To whisper spirit secrets. The same hand held mine Walking among the crumbling monuments Our faces reflected in moonlight On a stagnant greening pool above the dead. With you, I heard their voices, shapeless laughter, Ancient lovers freed to call each other’s names again. Rising from their rotting beds, wisps of shimmer, Singing songs of afterlife. Now alone,…

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