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A semi-barbaric king devises a semi-barabaric (but entirely fair) method of criminal trial involving two doors, a beautiful lady and a very hungry tiger.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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It felt dark, but not uncomfortably so. Sometimes they dimmed the lights or pulled the curtains, but this felt different.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Here in Saint Lizard, the one road starts on the cliff by the lighthouse and crawls in circles down to the sea. We have enough town to justify a strange-shaped road, but not enough to justify two roads.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Nothing is as visceral as holding a handful of human ash. I resist the impulse to sift it between my fingers as I walk. Everyone, from the mourners to the pastor, are far away and yet too close.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Three o’clock on a Thursday was an odd time for a visit, but it was the only downtime between my part-time jobs that suited Jo. More unusual than the time was the prospect of a one-to-one rendezvous in my bedsit with someone about my age and attractive.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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She was not unused to calls of distress, the groans of the feverish, or the cloying stench of broken bodies and all their expulsions, but never so many at a time and never so twisted and ripped.
- Length: 20 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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His fingers moved over the strings of his violin with ease and without effort. The bridge, the neck, the strings, and the bow was an extension of his talent as well as his soul.
- Length: 10 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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My mother is the weather. As a child, I was the core target to which she would unleash her hailstorms and earthquakes that tore me down and broke me into pieces.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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“So.” she began. “The thing is. You’re a shadoweater. From a long line of shadoweaters. Me, your nan, her mum, stretching all the way back as far as anyone can go ...”
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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I reach the Styx, whose sluggish waters remain inky even in the bright of day. Just as my guide said there would be, a queue of people in white chitons similar to mine line the river banks.
- Length: 16 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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“Very well,” I say. “I will prove to you that every person on this planet has a calling. Would you like to hear a story?”
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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Shoes on Main was a small store nestled between Sally’s Coffee Roost and a space that had more businesses over time than he could keep track of. Some spaces are like that; cursed or haunted, whatever the explanation, nothing stuck.
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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Cruise ship crooner Danny DiMarzio causes big headaches for an orchestra when he arrives, but comes to the rescue when the mask of hospitality slips to reveal a dangerous and unhinged villain lurking amongst the crew.
- Length: 17 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Emerging as an adult dragonfly was more painful than Ollo had anticipated. His new tail whipped out like a bamboo shoot, its nerve endings raw and overstimulated.
- Length: 40 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Sally first met Roger Wilde in February 1968, a few weeks after she and her husband, Dr. Edmund Pereira, had arrived in Borneo to begin their life as a married couple.
- Length: 23 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Doctor Hendall sat down at his mahogany desk and drummed his fingers on the finish. On the back wall, he had a silver plaque that said, “Semper Fidelis.” His three piece-suit made me feel like I was going to be prosecuted by an attorney.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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Ever since he had dropped out of college, ended up in a seedy area of the city, and found a part-time job at a bar, he had no desire to play it or write songs.
- Length: 16 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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A final chink of light disappears behind me. The five steps up a narrow staircase lead me to a tiny, sacred space where showbiz magic is made.
- Length: 5 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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They were in a shop together. It was Ryman in the Strand, opposite Superdrug. She had spent the day shopping in the West End. He had been at work. They hadn’t seen each other for more than twenty years.
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: U
5 Stars
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A dark figure was struggling with the gate latch. It turned and, a moment before their eyes met, Rory recognised his father.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars