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Eight Maids A-milking

by Susanne Thomas   Trina and Carla sat at the bottom of the tree. Their axes rested next to them, glinting and sharp in twinkling lights from the festive decorations. They had two minutes before their next contest. Every midnight brought new tests, a present from their father. Seven days had passed so far; the […]

Tali’s Future

by Susanne Thomas   Heralds pronounced the fate of the world at Tali’s birth. The crown took instant action. Powers greater than theirs protected the child from murder. But they isolated her and starved her to stunt both growth and strength. And Tali grew up weak and small. But when there was a momentary crisis […]