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Failure at 40,000 Feet

Authors’ Note: Welcome to another fabulous Fic-mas celebration. For the next twelve days you can expect a daily story in The Arbitratus Universe. Each story will feature a winter holiday theme. But don’t get too comfortable. We love to shake up tradition. Have fun and let us know what you think! Today’s story features an […]

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The Taste of Fear

Author’s Note – This is another little fiction from a one word prompt over on Instagram. The word was taste. I saw a lot of responses that were either foodie or sexy. And I was tempted. But Ben was feeling chatty. He shared a dream with me. He does that. Let’s me have his nightmares […]

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It’s a Celebration!

“It was strange being surrounded by the glory of Heaven, knowing you had nothing, but trying to hang onto it anyway.” ~ From Always Darkest It’s a special day for Demons Run Lit. Always Darkest is having a birthday! You can visit our social media to enter to win a signed copy, here: Demons Run Lit […]

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Child of the Air

Author’s Note – Today’s flash fiction challenge was to write about an extinct flower that somehow blooms for the first time in a hundred years. Of course I couldn’t help putting an apocalyptic spin on a little floral fiasco. ~ J   It seemed like such a good idea, you know? Just grow this seed […]

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Pool Shark

  There’s something in the water. The thought came with such easy certainty, Roz almost laughed. When she was small she wouldn’t even go in the pool because Sean had told her the pool sharks would eat her. Home from college on summer break, he’d given her shit about it at the breakfast table this […]

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Our Frightful Position

The world knew. It had been told again and again. By artists, poets, writers, and madmen. The day would come. In his house, in its undisclosed place with its mythical name, the dead god slumbered, dreaming his dead dreams. Waiting. We should have realized. Nothing waits forever. I was alone when he came for us. […]

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Shaken By A Strong Wind

The dream had been plaguing me for days. I’d go to bed determined that this night would be different, that I’d break the cycle. But I couldn’t.   I should have paid more attention to what the dream was trying to tell me.   I’m in bed, and at first, I think I’m just waking […]

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Something Wicked

Author’s note – I’m participating in a little May Flash Fiction Challenge in a writing group I admin, so I thought it would be fun to share the fruits of that here, since otherwise I’m busy wrapping up Book II, Before the Dawn. Today’s challenge, “Your character gets a threatening letter,” offered me the opportunity […]

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Merry Fic-mas Eve!

It’s that time of year again. Our favorite holiday tradition is here. Can you call something you’ve only done once before a tradition? Sure. Why not? We had so much fun challenging ourselves with last year’s Twelve Days of Fic-mas, we decided to make it a thing. Which as our favorite Time Lord will tell […]

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The Mirror ~ J

I’m at my desk, obsessively proofreading, like any other morning. I notice I’ve accidentally used ‘their’ instead of ‘they’re’. Hell and damn. I guess that’s what you get for writing half asleep. I reach for my mouse to eradicate this grammatical travesty, instead coffee sloshes on my hand. “Huh.” It’s a surprised sort of sound. […]