Festiz’ Playground

February 5, 2015 / 0 comments

Festiz’ Playground   By Kelly Tolman   Fenton Halbrook tossed another coin into the already heavy pile in the center of the table.  “Here’s your chance to win it back,” he said with a smile.  The smaller man across the table shook the dice cup slowly.  His greedy eyes followed the dice as they dropped. …

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Pure Country

February 5, 2015 / 0 comments

Pure Country by Kelly D. Tolman Days like this they let us wander the courtyard.  I see the clouds sometimes.  I look away from my shadow, up where the sun kisses the concrete towers, and a diamond wells in my eye and wastes itself on my face.  Randy said we are all diamonds in the…

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Speaker’s Child

February 4, 2015 / 0 comments

Speaker’s Child By Kelly D. Tolman Almost with awe, the young mother held her first child to her breast. The smile she wore was bright despite the sweat that clung to her forehead, and the exhaustion that wrapped her body in silence. In her arms the baby slumbered, and for one moment the darkness and…

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The Dancing Bird

February 3, 2015 / 0 comments

The Dancing Bird by Kelly D. Tolman Firelight reflected dimly from Garen’s face as he peered out from the deep woodland shadows. He tipped his hat lower to cover more of his face. In the meadow blazed a large fire, shedding a reddish hue across the glen. Around the fire a slim figure spun and…

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A Six Day Journey

February 2, 2015 / 0 comments

A Six Day Journey by Kelly D. Tolman Two days without food is bad; even one always hurts. By the third day the headache is usually gone and the pangs lessen, but those first six days were utter agony. For want of bread I left my home. The cottage itself was nothing special; little more…

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The Keep of the Black Crag

February 1, 2015 / 0 comments

The Keep Of The Black Crag – A Short Fantasy Story By Kelly D. Tolman “The horde is not mindless,” said my master abruptly. “Each creature within the writhing mass can think and act, and each bears deadly weapons. Like men, they have fears and desires. They can be manipulated as easily as the kings…

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The Night Charlie Passed

January 31, 2015 / 0 comments

The Night Charlie Passed – A Short Short By Kelly D. Tolman Waiting for Spring is a long time since chrome flew and landed in the blue on the other side of purple.  The light on the wump cousins differed from the needle-sticker lamps more than Los Angeles differs from Chicago.  Since the pills, though,…

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The Treasure of Priamos Island

January 30, 2015 / 0 comments

The Treasure of Priamos Island – A Short Fantasy Story By Kelly D. Tolman Anneke pulled the boat as far up onto the beach as she could before she grabbed the small bag of food and continued on. The sun was moving steadily towards noon overhead. A cool sea breeze blew the smell of salt…

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Waiting For Havarfast

December 24, 2014 / 0 comments

Waiting For Havarfast – A Fantasy Story By Kelly D. Tolman  (Free audio of this story is available at the end of this story.)   Six years, Jarak thought; six years, three months, and nine days. The cell looked much the same as it had six years before. The straw on the ground had changed…

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