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There was one spot designated as the place for fights. They didn’t used to need such a thing. Fights were for the other creatures of the forest: those with tusks and claws. They were a species of hands. That was how Een always thought of himself anyway. Sometimes he would watch the humans stare at their reflections in the surface of the lake. They always looked at their eyes, as if their own heads held secrets they weren’t aware of. Continue reading
Prompt: Three allies on a cliché journey to save the world from an evil god and all three can turn into animals.
Gwen, Rupert, and Odric were dispensed from the tiny township they’d always called home in order to be heroes. They weren’t the only ones of course. Opportunities for heroism didn’t come up very often, and when they did every village with a population housing more than one family offered up at least one candidate for the quest. Continue reading
Six little pairs of shoes hovered a foot off the old wooden floor of the schoolhouse. The seventh pair belonged to an adult and shuddered up and down where the others were deathly still. Four button noses were pressed against the peeling paint, flakes falling faster than ever thanks to their giggling. One of the girls tapped on the wood and waited for a response.
Clop clop clop, the wall responded, exactly like the hoof stamps of a pony. Their giggles answered it back. The girl tapped on the wall twice more. Clop clop. Continue reading
As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications.
– Charles Darwin Continue reading
“Stampede!” a voice shouted. Hundreds of others joined in calling out the word and took off running. The herd’s countless hooves pounded the mumgrass they were grazing on moments before into a thick choppy pulp. Calves called to their mothers in the confusion, unsure where to run. One of the older beasts tripped and rolled onto its side; a second later it was trampled to death by its distracted kin.
The calls to flee took a moment to reach the back of the herd, since this group of Brohoov was over six hundred strong. When it did, the herd’s leader, Dodarka, growled to himself, Not again! He was forced to join in as the horns of those behind him pushed and shoved forward. It didn’t matter how much authority he carried as TrailCutter, it would take an act of god to stop a stampede before it ran its course. That meant an hour of running until everyone’s legs burned and their breath came in great gasps of mist that shot from their wide nostrils like jets of volcanic gas. It meant everyone would need a little more food to recover their strength. It meant innocent dead, crushed in the storm surge of stupid fear. Continue reading