Hawthorn & Ash #2

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Welcome to the second of many micro stories, ranging in length from 100 words to 500 words.

With each story we hope to deliver a little whimsy into the lives of our readers.

The story below is a blend of intrigue and magic that keeps you on your toes and guessing right to the end.

Unregistered

Sir Zane’s eyes narrowed as the man they were watching thrust his arms forward, and a gust of wind tore the house’s door from its hinges.

Ayleth asked, “Our thief is an unregistered magic user?”

“There’s no doubt about that.” A few minutes later, the thief left the house carrying an over-stuffed sack in one hand and eating a sandwich with the other. Zane gave his apprentice a sideways look. “And what have I taught you about untrained wizards?”

Ayleth grinned. “That they can’t use their magic with encumbered hands and a stuffed mouth.”

Zane nodded and drew his sword.

Eddie D. Moore travels extensively for work, and he spends much of that time listening to audio books. The rest of the time is spent dreaming of stories to write and he spends the weekends writing them. His stories have been published by Jouth Webzine, Kzine, Alien Dimensions, Theme of Absence, Devolution Z, and Fantasia Divinity Magazine. Find more on his blog: https://eddiedmoore.wordpress.com/.

Hawthorn & Ash #1

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Welcome to the first of what we hope to be many micro stories, ranging in length from 100 words to 500 words.

With each story we hope to deliver a little whimsy into the lives of our readers.

The story below gives a glimpse into what lurks at the border between this world and Faerie.

The Gateway to Faerie

The forest shivered as Analia passed, trailing her fingers over lush bracken. Brightly coloured fungus climbed the ancient bark of the gnarled oaks, and fireflies danced in the growing darkness.
In the distance – a mournful howl.
“Save the princess!”
“The beast comes!”
“Open the Gateway!”
A cacophony of small, frightened voices sang. In answer, a bright, swirling portal materialised before Analia.
“Come, Analia! You must hurry.”
“Where does it lead?” she asked.
“To Faerie!”
The underbrush behind her stirred, red eyes gleaming from the shadows.
“No time!”
Shoved by an unseen force, Analia tripped through the door – and into Faerie.

Zoey Xolton is a published Australian Speculative Fiction author, with a particular penchant for the Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi and Horror genres. Her works have appeared in several themed anthologies, with many more due for publication! She is a proud mother of two, and is fortunate enough to be married to her soul mate. Outside of her family, writing remains her greatest passion. She is especially fond of short form fiction, and is working on releasing her own story collections in future; as well as a series of novelettes and novellas. To find out more, please visit: www.zoeyxolton.com!

Welcome to Hawthorn & Ash! Our new online blog series that we hope will be successful and enjoyable for readers.

We hope to post new stories weekly every Saturday.

Please feel free to submit to this series. You can find the submission details here!