A Night at the Bouncing Archer

March 4, 2015 / 0 comments

A Night at the Bouncing Archer By Kelly Tolman When a lanky seven-foot troll, albeit small and clad in mail, pushed open the door to the Bouncing Archer, Vera hardly gave him a second glance over her serving tray. In general trolls in the nearby wastes had bluer skin and a stockier build than the…

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The Shadow Bender

February 13, 2015 / 0 comments

The Shadow Bender By Kelly Tolman Moira Hatfield twisted a shadow for the first time while watching television on her night off. She enjoyed working nights. Daylight offered so little for her imagination. Even as a child she never used the pink nightlight her parents gave her. Instead she preferred to let the subtle light…

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Ambition’s Cost

February 12, 2015 / 0 comments

Ambition’s Cost- A Fantasy Short Story by Kelly D. Tolman I turned and shrugged into the wind, allowing my despair to float onto the battlefield. Ten thousand lives of men and more were destroyed behind me. I could not face the smoke and ash of the burning city that I had been called upon to…

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Calling of a God

February 11, 2015 / 0 comments

Calling of a God a Fantasy Short Story by Kelly D. Tolman Through trees and past thriving vegetation, thoughts and prophecies swirled like fading ghosts in the morning mist, bringing with them the old news from far off parts. The sad rumors of long-finished or distant battles found their way into the heart of all…

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A Jungle Spirit

February 10, 2015 / 0 comments

A Jungle Spirit – A Short Fantasy Story By Kelly D. Tolman Joao Sebastian looked over the quiet waves to watch the longboat that was moving steadily toward the ship that waited at anchor.  “Cao Italiano,” he said, and spat to accentuate his words.  “He leaves us here to rot, on this forgotten island, while…

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A Troll for a Bridge

February 9, 2015 / 0 comments

A Troll For A Bridge – A Short Fantasy Story By Kelly D. Tolman Gorbon sat under the shabby stone bridge, contemplating. The late sun had just set, and the world was settling into a calm, dark quiet. A large trout broke the surface a short distance upstream and the songs of frogs along the…

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February 8, 2015 / 0 comments

Harperston – A Fantasy Short Story By Kelly D. Tolman I have always found it odd how a person never truly gets used to discomfort. I didn’t like starving any better after having starved, eaten, and starving again. I didn’t like fighting any better after having learned to do it properly either. In fact, I…

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Of Crucibles and Creatures

February 6, 2015 / 0 comments

Of Crucibles and Creatures – A Short Fantasy Story By Kelly D. Tolman After all the warnings Pasav gave, I never thought he would take me down the staircase. “We must locate Kirien’s crucible. I have waited long for such an opportunity, and with the Horde delayed for the long winter, we will have time…

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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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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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