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My Legal Assistant is a Vampire

My name is Bill Norville, and I’m a lawyer. My next birthday will be my 59th, and I’m the managing partner at Melton, Norville, Jennings & Johnson in Martintown, North Carolina. That’s a large town or small city in the western part of the state, in the mountains northwest of Charlotte, rubbing up against the Tennessee line to the north. We have 25 lawyers, making us pretty big for our area, but tiny by national standards. I have a wife named Denise, who is still a looker at 54, and […]


Citation:http://www.theoi.com/Daimon/Oneiroi.html The young man paused at the top of the stairs that led down into a small park. His overalls were new and made of quality materials that may have even been woven cloth rather than extruded synthetic. It was clearly the uniform of a high-class ship crew. The insignia on his sleeve showed that he was of surprisingly advanced rank for his age. He looked around the park, taking in the lush atmosphere provided by the surrounding trees and flowering shrubs. He glanced at the play equipment in the […]

Week Fifty: The Garden State

"You’re fired," Aunt Joan said. "If this is a Donald Trump joke," I said, "it isn’t funny." "It’s not funny," she said, "but it’s time. Meet me in my office." "Is this serious?" I asked. "As a heart attack. Bring Emma with you, she’s fired, too." I pulled Emma out of her cubicle, and we both trooped upstairs in Aunt Joan’s wake. We walked in her office and she motioned for me to close the door behind me. We sat on her couch and prepared to be yelled at. This […]

PreTeena November 30-December 6, 2015

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PreTeena November 23-29, 2015

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PreTeena November 16-22, 2015

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Week Forty-Nine: The True North

I was sitting at my desk in my cubicle, looking for vintage photos of clowns piling out of clown cars to illustrate the race for Speaker of the House, but I kept getting interrupted. “Congratulations,” one of the new interns said. “Not funny,” I said. “Oh, come on,” the intern said. Her name was Martha, and she was a Cornell graduate who had been the mascot for the basketball team. This involved, I was told, wearing a large furry bear costume. She’d made the mistake of posting pictures of herself […]

Dynasty of the Elect

"Ydrar wants to see you at his office," Heldiss rumbled. Tchel didn’t turn around, his fore eyes remaining focused on the computer screen. His rear eyes could see his counterpart’s bulk filling the office door just fine. Heldiss was large even for a 17th leveler, his arms as big as Tchel’s forelegs, his forelegs thicker than Tchel’s hind legs. Unlike Tchel, he wore the 17th level body with a heavy grace, maneuvering the low slung form easily. Even after a full term in this form, Tchel found it too big […]

PreTeena November 9-15, 2015

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Holiday Short Fiction Contest: Biblical Proportions!

The deadline has been extended to Friday, December 11th! Ever wonder what it was like to: *witness the building of the Tower of Babel? *be a soldier in Pharoah’s army at the Red Sea? *work as a builder on Solomon’s Temple? *hear Jesus preach for the first time in the Galilee? We certainly have–and now it’s your assignment to take us there. Your short fiction entry is set in Biblical times, broadly-defined as any time from Adam and Eve to c. 100 AD/CE. That’s a long time period however you […]