Chapter 22: A Note of Concern

CWs: hyperdevotion/cultlike thought patterns, kidnapping, threatened murder ABRAMS: How does it feel, being an adult?COBEN GARROW: Oh, um, I’m not sure. I haven’t been one for very long yet.ABRAMS: [laughs] That’s fair! I’m sure the tabloids have been on you about betrothals and engagements already.GARROW: Yes, although I’m afraid to say that’s still a ways … Continue reading Chapter 22: A Note of Concern

Chapter 21: Malachite Rising

CWs: drug use (opiates), violence, body/eye horror, psychosis, manhandling of a disabled person (reasonable in context), self-harm, injury to hands …but the wicked sorceror could find no purchase, for every blow he landed upon the princess’s form left her untouched. “What is this trickery?” he howled, unable to leave so much as a bruise upon … Continue reading Chapter 21: Malachite Rising

Chapter 20: Lunar Shadows

CWs: violence, racism/anti-indigeneity, starvation (referenced/implied), drug use (opiates this time, whew), body horror And O, I have seen the lotus-eatersdrinking laudanum and winewith voices loud and hollowwith nothing left inside—O, thy tempting nature railsagainst the strength of every souldo not eat the fruits of Lethekeep your virtue whole.Prohibitionist and anti-alcohol activist Andrew Matthesohn Wilkes, 1919, … Continue reading Chapter 20: Lunar Shadows

Chapter 19: Fox and Wolf

CW: paranoia, racism/anti-miscegenation Two representatives from every family shall sit in the Parliamentary Assembly, one the elder and one the younger, between the ages of twenty-one and seventy, and in this way shall the voice of each of our illustrious families be heard.Elessan Law Code I think it’s ridiculous to pretend that the Garrows have … Continue reading Chapter 19: Fox and Wolf

All The Lonely People /// a poetic flash fiction

tw: childhood (sexual) abuse, PTSD/mental illness There’s a ringing in the air that she can’t quite placea little everywhere, every moment, when she turns her headhere and there, like the calm before the storm, like the risingof a quake, the seismographic shake, and it follows, follows, follows— She is twenty-nine years old; she works at … Continue reading All The Lonely People /// a poetic flash fiction