Zadie hummed. Not with her voice, but with her whole self. Her very cells seemed to thrum with activity, with energy. She had felt it since she was little, and learned long ago that not everyone’s blood sang with this same frequency. She embraced it all, every little thing, like the way the hairs on … More Sparks
As Louisa stumbled through the smoke and crackling trunks, she tried to keep her thoughts on happy things. … More Ravenous
The two sisters were crowned with stars and fame, sitting atop their cumulus thrones. They waved to their adoring fans, tossing handfuls of glitter that rained down like stardust. One sister, on the left, was older and shone silver as the moon in deepest winter. Metallic thread spidered across her gown and down her arms, … More The Celestial Sisters
I step away from the group and look back, gasping at the stars overhead. Even against the bright warmth of the flames, I’ve never seen the Milky Way this clear before. I can hear the waves breaking nearby, and the wind hissing through the last of the tall grass. I let out a deep sigh. … More A Light in the Dark
*Muse’s note: This week we’re featuring a returning guest writer, Seth Petherick, and his story features some salty language. You can read his other stories here.* Ghosts are lazy. Slamming doors and filling the odd lift with blood does not build a sturdy work ethic. For us the deadline has literally passed and now we … More Mr James. A Ghost Story.
It began and ended with a breath. Deep heavy breathing in fact. According to my new client, the breathing started in the middle of the night at the foot of his bed, as if someone were standing there, watching him. He’d awoken with a start, his heart pounding, eyes straining to see in the gloom. … More Satisfied
Nathaniel burst through his own front door with his arms full of summer herbs, and his head full of fancies. He’d spent the bright morning foraging for medicinal plants for his stores, but as his fingers worked so too had his mind. He daydreamed of his first patients – who should be arriving soon – … More Of Pine Sprigs and Revolution