A Year and a Day

"One year and a day, to come out where your family settled with the gold they earned from your service."  The Sidhe warrior opened the gate.  Brigid stepped forward, to the very edge, and paused. "Will I see you again?" She looked up at him, eyes wide. "Who knows what…

Hope

Trigger warnings: Violence against women, mentions of rape. * * "Why?" Hope screamed, struggling as the men of the settlement tied her to the wooden stake set in the town square, piled high with logs and kindling.  "He raped me! Why are you doing this?"  She sobbed, fighting harder than they thought…

I Speak for the Trees

Julie ran through the woods, through the trees, her footing always stable, her steps fleet and sure. Behind her he ran, tripping. She heard him fall with a muttered grunt on more than one occasion, and as she fled deeper into the forest, a scream. She slowed her steps, breath…

Chances

"You're my last chance!"  Jenny shouted, stamping her foot at the slowly retreating figure. "Then you're fucked, sweetheart."  Cole half turned, lifting his head, and from beneath the brim of his hat she saw the blood running from his mouth.  He smiled, his eyes glazed, and he fell, twisting, to…

Abby

Abby walked down the street after school, her bag loaded with library books, smoking a cigarette.  Up ahead, several men consulted a clipboard standing at the back of a panel truck.  When she was within half a block, a voice in her head spoke, startling her. "Sweetheart, you need to…

Circus

Devin, Scarlett, Joey, Girl-Joey, Jeffy and Braden all slipped out of their houses after their curfews.  They met up at the junior high track, then walked through fields to where the Circus had set up shop.  During their lunch hour at the high school, a slender woman in clown make…

Androids

Trigger warnings like whoa on this one.  No violence to people, but yes violence to people shaped androids.  Same for abuse to women and child androids. "Oh, Annie."  Penelope crouched to touch the face, lying in the weeds like an abandoned doll's head.  She picked it up, and inspected the…

Fire

((Content warning: self harm, blood)) Sandra took a deep breath, and dragged the knife over the tattoos on her arms, the chains and locks inked all up and down.  Then to the ones on her legs, the ropes, and hanks of barbed wire wound around her ankles, calves and thighs.…