Remembering Fur by Mari Ness

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Remembering Fur by Mari Ness

She dreamed herself back in the garden again, crying over the dead beast. It was all as she remembered it: the buzzing flies, the stink, the matted fur, the dying roses. Only this time, her tears washed the blood from his oh so soft fur, her kiss raised him from the dead, and her hands

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Shahrazad by Mike Alexander

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Shahrazad by Mike Alexander

Your head set on an ancestral server lets the fables bleed from your lips to stain silk coverlets — I’d swear to surrender my kingship if I could to feed again on your fabulous tales, your fantasies as ornate as your strategies were plain. I wanted to live as in your stories, not droplet by

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Silver Hands by Elizabeth Hopkinson

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Silver Hands by Elizabeth Hopkinson

I think of her at all times. Each day when the sunlight teases me awake in yet another inn, in yet another land, her image comes back to me, just as I first saw her in my garden by moonlight. Her hair. The softness of her skin. The deep pools of her eyes, like tranquil

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Before St. George Came by Daniel A. Rabuzzi

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Before St. George Came by Daniel A. Rabuzzi

“The Suevi and other uncouth tribes beyond the Rhine report that mother-dragons have been seen carrying their drakelets by the nape, just like a cat does with her kittens; I have myself seen, at Aachen, two of the smaller kind of dragon groom one another in precisely the manner of cats.” —Sulpicius Alexander, Historia, vol.

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Troll Boy by Helen Ogden

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Troll Boy by Helen Ogden

We spat at him, scratched at his arms, bruised his lump knees. A fitting welcome for the muddy pup we didn’t want. Kept him tied to the back door in the evening light, slapped away his upturned hand. Shuddered. Bones rattling, hair twisted round thin fingers. Inside his family wanted for nothing. The first night

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Twelve by Shira Lipkin

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Twelve by Shira Lipkin

1. We saw him tip the wineglass, Spill the drugged draught into his shoe. We are not so stupid as they’d have you believe. 2. The rustle of silk and velvet, chime of jewels The soft leather of new dancing slippers A secret smile, a secret door. 3. Silver trees glistening in unnatural light, In

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Water Portrait of My Prince by Lisa Plowman Dolensky

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Water Portrait of My Prince by Lisa Plowman Dolensky

Leaves coo n’ crunch Padding down a path in winding wood Wooed by thoughts of you As I fall for you In your favorite season of the year Gold, amber, ruby and tiger’s eye brown Jewel down sapphire’s sky Tapping my shoulder Each time I turn around Wishing for the touch of your hand Under

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