Sulphur & Smoke

SULPHUR & SMOKE Living in a big city means witnessing all kinds of strange things, and Paris is no exception. You get used to the eccentricities of your fellow man pretty quickly. But when this particular man stopped short in front of me with preternatural grace and a fervent grin, it set my teeth on … More Sulphur & Smoke

Highway Star

The sign made me pull to a stop. “You’ve actually been here before. We just made sure you forgot.” Too big to miss, but too many words to take in if you were careening down this empty, dusty road. … More Highway Star

Pressed Flowers

*Muses’ Note: this week’s story is by a new guest author, Siria De Silva. A content warning for her story can be found at the bottom of the page.*   Of all the presents, the doll was the worst. Who gets a grown woman a doll, especially at a time like this? She would never … More Pressed Flowers

Two Crowns of Gold

Ever onward and ever they come, One by one by one by one. Chivalrous men, knights of the realm, With sword and shield and polished helm.   They trudge across moor, fen, and field All for a glimpse of my majesty revealed. My fiery eyes and tight-curled tail, My vicious limbs adorned with scales.   … More Two Crowns of Gold

The Morning Sun

*Muse’s Note: This week’s story is by our fabulous returning guest writer, J.M.Whitty. You can read her other stories here.* Ana: ‘Big Brother’ by The Stephane Wrembel Trio (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)     Julia: ‘American Woman’ by The Who   Relationship: ‘L’Alba’ by Jovanotti   Julia paced on the sidewalk, stopping only to dig for her … More The Morning Sun

Sparks

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

Infernal

“The fire-breather had three lives in total. One for discovery, one for degradation, and one for redemption.”
Infernal by @joycechuawrites
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The Celestial Sisters

Two sisters, 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. The elder sister, on the left, shone silver as the moon in deepest winter. Metallic thread spidered across her gown and down her arms, and diamonds glinted in … More The Celestial Sisters

Assignment

What sounded like the final crackle of the firewood drowned with the waves and ocean breeze. Brianne hasn’t said more than a few pleasantries since the last of the Clan’s core members arrived about 15 minutes ago. The night sky, navy and unchanging, hung over them, the rhythm of waves permeating the background, at least … More Assignment