Stories tagged “magic”

  • An Abundance of Reality

    The doctors pressed their faces against the glass like children crowding a pet store window. Jack’s chubby-cheeked daughter sat on the exam table, paper crinkling whenever she shifted to examine a toy. “She’s doing it again. Watch....

    • Author: falconesse
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Fae

    I stare. Every inch of my body screams at me to look away before she catches me, but it’s as though I’ve been seduced by the siren’s song. She’s so beautiful it’s haunting, and yet there’s something wrong with her. S...

  • The Turning

    The last mage remembers the word.

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Great Work

    The entire room was filled with an enormous machine, made up of bronze gears and tubes engraved with ancient symbols. No one fully knew what they meant anymore but the books of the ancestors of the House of Hermes at least gave some clues in their cryp...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Death of an Alchemist

    And then the color of the the old man’s aura changed from white to yellow and then to red. He screamed a scream of pain and ecstasy and the girl, knowing fear for the first time, looked away. When the light died down there was only a puddle of a ...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The Third Traveler

    He stood up carefully on the slanted plane, grabbing on to a brick protrusion for support. His head pounded strongly, and a sudden dizziness swept through him. Luckily, the floor beneath him had a rough surface, and he was able to keep his balance as h...

  • The Fall of the House of Hermes

    “We have no time to mourn,” growled Ferrum. “We have to leave before the Sun rises.” “I’m afraid he’s right,” said Lurgy. “Let’s go to the Airship.” They all ascended the tower’s l...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Moving Glass

    Clara would have loved to tell people that she had a perfectly normal childhood. In some circles, she certainly would have, but those circles are so remote that they spend their lives being in the form of spirals and polyhedrons. You see, Clara did not...

  • I, Khaos!

    There was one form of magic the tyrant had not mastered: death magic. And so the young actor who had seen his own mother and father tortured to death before his eyes had to master it. He forged his own death into a sword tempered in a child’s blo...

    • Author: Garsecg
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The Liar

    Every time she lied it crept up on her and latched on with its needlepoint teeth. It was as if she lived over a swamp, the way her lies came out of the soggy ground. They were the size of teacups, flesh-colored and insidious. She lied about everything,...

  • The Enchanted Melodica

    So long as I had that, the darkness was my friend. It helped me concentrate. I played some more notes on my recovered melodica, and floated towards the ceiling. Then I changed to another tune, quickening the tempo, and drifted from the room. The dragon...

    • Author: Zerrakhi
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Day at the Office

    The goblin charged, shaking its mangy hair and shreiking an unintelligible battle cry. Its obsidian-pointed spear glinted in the overhead flourescents as the mad little creature bore down on me. Startled, I whirled out of my chair and leapt up onto my ...

    • Author: sudro2
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Obsidian

    With a single blow from the hammer stone he chipped off a good sized blank. Half as long as his palm, two fingers wide and less than a finger in depth. He chipped at the edges with small blows. Shaping the stone. Each blow separating a small flake. The...

  • Reworking Mother Nature

    Yes, of course, my dear. Whatever changes you wish made, I can do. The scar on your back, breast reduction, and more! “Plastic surgeon”? My dear, what I do is far beyond those butchers. I am, for lack of a better term, a biomancer. I work m...

  • The Orc

    They left it there, the orc beneath the blood soaked blanket. Neither boy dared go near it. They, each of them, ignored one another. Leofwine sat with his back against a tree, staring unfixed into the river. William curled his knees against himself and...

    • Author: J. K. W.
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Reading Room

    She stood up slowly, her back cracking and aching from the long crawl. She stood now in a room, no larger than a guest room with floor-to-ceiling shelves brimming with leather bound books. And on a dais in the center of the room sat an old tome, larger...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Drinking Buddies...of sorts

    Wallbreaker leaned heavily on the bar while perching precariously on his stool. “Man, this game has changed.” He drank from his stein of Guinness Extra Stout as though he was sick of it and wanted to see it gone. Professor Fortune was slumm...

  • Strangling Parrots

    “What did you say to me?” Maya was angry with me again. No surprise there, really. All I had to do was walk into the room with my iPod playing too loudly and she’d find a reason to scream at me with that painfully shrill voice of hers...

  • Unsuspecting (Mature)

    “Yeah, see, I never understood the whole deal with that stuff. It always struck me as kinda… stupid.” “Dammit, that’s because you’re not trying! Just draw the fuckin diagram. My drawings suck.” “It’...

  • Lurking

    It was then that he heard the voices talking animatedly among themselves. He heard them as soon as he had entered from the rooftop. The window had led to a musty attic, and there had been nothing of interest. Going through another trapdoor, he entered ...

  • Green

    Sometimes I dream in colors. A lot of the time, my dreams are green. Not a boring, basic green like you might see in a textbook or color wheel, but a shimmering green that’s just the right shade and every other shade and the same time. Like leave...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • On Another World

    In their protective clothing, the twelve most powerful wizards in the world entered the room. The six men and six women took their places around the large, hemispherical craft supported on thin legs. As one they drew their wands and placed the tips on ...

  • Haiku Week Haiku #2

    Fruit: it’s magical! It makes my tummy happy With deliciousness!

  • On the Play Field of Battle, Such As It Was

    With his usual knack for going unseen, Alex slipped from the classroom and bolted for the outside door. A quick left out the heavy, metal door, and he was rounding the side of the building to the wide play yard. There the lady in black stockings contin...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5