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Terrific Tales

by Carole Sojka


I wouldn’t say I actually liked yoga, but I did it faithfully twice a week because it was supposed to be good for me. I did like the meditation at the end when we lie flat on our mats in corpse pose with the ceiling lights off while the teacher played a tape of New Age music and spoke softly about Mother Earth and Father Sky.

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Consumption: A Short Story

IN THE January 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andTerrific Tales
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by Maggie-beth Rees


“To be consumed by our overlords is our heart’s desire,” said the teacher. “It is not an easy path, nor is it painless. Especially not painless.
“Some are never chosen at all. In their shame, they will lie forgotten in the dirt, slowly dying as the sun beats down upon them.

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by Margaret S. Hamilton


On New Year’s Eve, Lizzie Christopher and Nick Cameron walked up the front walkway of the historic Cooper farmhouse. White lights outlined the tree branches, and a wreath decorated with silver ornaments and blue organza ribbons hung on the front door. “Blue for the new year,” Lizzie said. “My shop staff outdid themselves helping Christina select furniture and draperies for her old family home. I can’t wait to show you how well it turned out.”

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Red Handed: A Christmas Short Story

IN THE December 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
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by Nancy Cole Silverman


It was Christmas, 1884. That winter the snows had started early, and the gloom that came with it made the empty cabins, least those that hadn’t been burned out in the fire around Hayden Hill, seem so much darker than they might. Used to be things around this small mining town was exciting, with miners coming by our store for fixins’ and a little grub.

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by Gail Farrelly


In her 28 years of life, Nancy MacLeod had never met a rule she didn’t obey. Not that she agreed with every one of them. Far from it. But a civilized society had to have rules, she reasoned, and everyone in that society should obey them. No exceptions.

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by Sylvia Maultash Warsh


Anita loved the two expanses of blue water, the Atlantic on her left, the Gulf of Mexico on her right, as the car headed south down U.S. Route 1 along the archipelago of the Florida Keys. Carol, who was driving, chattered about all the muscle-bound tattooed bikers they’d seen riding their motorcycles along the road.

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by Barry Wiley


Nine Black Dragons was a Chinese restaurant that resembled an old Charlie Chan movie, even to being smudged black and white. According to the gaudy paper placemat describing the Chinese zodiac, this was the Year of the Dog. The white plastic chopsticks, antiseptically wrapped tightly in thin paper marked “Made in Hong Kong” in smeared purple ink, were placed near and exactly parallel to its right edge.

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Beach Run: A Short Story

IN THE November 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales
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by Selika Sweet


“Kaiden,” Ross said to his daughter, “I know there are a lot of uppity girls at that school, but you’ll be fine.”
Kaiden sighed and rolled her eyes. “Dad, I’m so different from them. They’re like stuck on stupid.”
Ross chuckled. “Your mother was a sorority girl, and I was a big time frat boy. Everything you’re going through will change.

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by Joan Leotta


I hate turkey. So, it is easy to understand why Thanksgiving’s meal is not my favorite. The idea of giving thanks for bounty is great. I simply do not see the point in overstuffing one’s self with dry turkey meat and stale bread stuffing along with cranberry juice reduced to a can-shaped gelatin.

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by Kaye George


I was swinging on a star in the summer of 1948. I was in Hollywood, greatest city on the planet. I was engaged to Tyrone Rivers, the handsomest rising star of the silver screen there ever was. And we had an appointment in a few days to look at a little bungalow we might want to rent after we got hitched.

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by Gary Hoffman


I could always find a million reasons never to attend funerals, but when Chuck Temple was shot and killed, they all went to hell. He and I actually went back to Elementary School #34 in Pittsburg. My family had moved there so my dad could find a job. In a quirk of fate, Chuck started the third grade there on the same day and for the same reason. We’d been tight since then.

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Cactus Flower: A Fantasy Short Story

IN THE October 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andTerrific Tales
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by V.S. Kemanis



ROY SAT ON his haunches squinting up at the clouds, thick and white as whipped cream piled high on a glass plate. His nostrils sucked dust and the air pulled moisture from his eyes before it could surface.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber



“Ayiii!” Jenna stamped her foot and flicked the Hello Kitty pillow she got for Christmas six years ago across the room. Why was “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” playing on the radio? Didn’t the disc jockey know that Denny Henderson had dumped Jenna for Lili Littlefield today? Didn’t the DJ know that Jenna was at home, alone, on her birthday? Her parents took her brother and sister out to dinner on this chilly spring night because they thought Denny was taking Jenna for a burger and milkshake to celebrate. As if.

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by Barbara Schlichting



My Jingle Dancer figurine was missing!
From the moment I walked into my store I knew something was wrong. I had a small collection of small, antique dolls with historic and cultural significance. Now my collection of figurines arrayed on the glass shelf in the window, was smaller by one, my Jingle Dancer.

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