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Episode 122: Sundae by Matt Wallace


Sundae

by Matt Wallace

The old woman in the wheelchair has a brutal face and hands as soft as the mother of all children.

“You will be more than a warrior, little one,” she whispers in German, her delicate and wrinkled fingertips sewing a pressed metal button into his left ear. “You will be a guardian. You will protect more than tender flesh and frail bodies. You will be the sentinel that stands between the darkness and innocence itself.”

With eyes made of glass and wood he sees her thin, withered lips form the words. He cannot hear her; his ears, even the one with the signature button, were not made to hear, just as his mouth was not made to speak. However the small stuffed bear finds he understands her; the meaning of her words, if not the words themselves.

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Cast of Wonders 121: Little Wonders 5 – Trope Twists

Show Notes

This is Little Wonders, our collection episodes featuring flash fiction and poetry centered around a theme. This episode we bring you the conclusion of our flash fiction month: Trope Twists!

 


The Hero
By Jessica Holscher

Down a desolate and lonely dirt road, a young man walked toward the horizon.  With a sword at his back, he traveled for destiny. The famed fortune teller of the town he’d just left, Madam Mystic, told him he would defeat the three headed dragon and save the princess.  Without a moment’s hesitation, he headed for the beast to save the missing damsel.

Suddenly, a rustling caught his attention.  Surely, he couldn’t have already reached the monster.  He readied his sword and stood firm. The rustling grew louder and a female child emerged from the bush.

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Cast of Wonders 120: Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man by Scott C. Mikula


Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man

by Scott C. Mikula

I tried to shut out the crowd’s roar, but the thunder of a thousand feet pounding above us in the arena stands rose until I could feel the breastplate of the mechanical swordsman vibrate beneath my touch.  Master Madrigal gestured with his palsied hand for me to replace the automaton’s helmet, but I hesitated to examine the delicate inner workings. Just one small adjustment

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Cast of Wonders 116: The Feathered Cloak by Edward Ahern


The Feathered Cloak

by Edward Ahern

The trouble began when Rhys found the oak wardrobe. He stood barely four feet tall, but the free standing closet was twice that high. Its hinges were beaten brass turned brown with age. The carved wood was riddled with little worm holes. Rhys had never seen a piece of furniture so big and heavy, and he knew that if it fell on him he’d be squashed.

The wardrobe rested in a corner of a large, open attic. The attic was a jumble clutter of his grandfather’s collection of magic equipment. His grandfather had been a professional magician who had starred in New York and Paris and even Moscow.

The key to the armoire doors stuck out of the lock. It turned with a dry rasp. When Rhys opened the doors piles of theater costumes, tablecloths and curtains spilled out onto the floor. Their colors, once shocking bright purples and pinks, had faded over time into pastels.

I’m in trouble, Rhys thought. He pulled out the rest of the clothes so he could restack them and try and shut the doors. Under the cloth worms had eaten through one of the base boards. Beneath the rotted board he could see the shape of a box.

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Cast of Wonders 115: Bad Poets Society by James Aquilone


Bad Poets Society

by James Aquilone

Kilgore Birch never thought a bowl of thin pea soup would be his undoing, especially since he stole it from a blind vicar, but here he was in the poet-king’s dungeon.

He still wasn’t sure how the vicar had identified him. Kilgore wondered if he smelled guilty.

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Cast of Wonders 6: A Proof of Unicorns


Show Notes

Today we present A Proof of Unicorns by Elizabeth Creith. She is an award-winning writer living and working in rural Northern Ontario with her husband, dog and cat. She’s been published since around 1990 and her work has appeared in many places including Murky Depths, Misfit Magazine, Enchanted Conversation and Brain Harvest. For more information swing by her site, Elizabeth Creith’s Scriptorium.

Your narrator is Danielle Daly. Danielle — Dani for short — is a 30-something woman from Long Island, NY, living with a patient husband and two cats, who works for the man during the day and escapes from reality at night. She has no blog, and she hasn’t written a novel, but she loves reading what other people write.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Cast of Wonders 5: Tír na nÓg (Part 3)


Today we present Part 3 of Tir Na Nog by Nathaniel Lee.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Cast of Wonders 4: Tír na nÓg (Part 2)

Show Notes

Today we present Part 2 of Tir Na Nog by Nathaniel Lee.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.


Show Notes

Today we present Part 2 of Tir Na Nog by Nathaniel Lee.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Cast of Wonders 3: Tír na nÓg (Part 1)

Show Notes

Today we present Tir Na Nog by Nathaniel Lee. Nathaniel is 29 years old and lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and obligatory cats. His fiction has appeared in Podcastle, Pseudopod, Abyss & Apex, and Daily Science Fiction. He publishes a hundred-word story every day.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.


Show Notes

Today we present Tir Na Nog by Nathaniel Lee. Nathaniel is 29 years old and lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and obligatory cats. His fiction has appeared in Podcastle, Pseudopod, Abyss & Apex, and Daily Science Fiction. He publishes a hundred-word story every day.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Cast of Wonders 2: The Unicorn Tree

Show Notes

Today we present The Unicorn Tree by Alethea Kontis. Alethea is an author and editor who lives in Ashburn, Virginia. She is the author of AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First, described as “an alphabet book with attitude”, and many other books and short stories. You can find out more about Alethea and her work — for example, the fact that she’s half French and half Greek — at her website.

It’s narrated by Marguerite Kenner. “By day” Marguerite is an executive admin. for a large intellectual property law firm. By night, she’s an avenging hero with superpowers such as rock climbing, aikido, music (she is a classical percussionist), gaming, sewing costumes, and reading anything and everything. You can find out what’s on her mind here.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.


Show Notes

Today we present The Unicorn Tree by Alethea Kontis. Alethea is an author and editor who lives in Ashburn, Virginia. She is the author of AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First, described as “an alphabet book with attitude”, and many other books and short stories. You can find out more about Alethea and her work — for example, the fact that she’s half French and half Greek — at her website.

It’s narrated by Marguerite Kenner. “By day” Marguerite is an executive admin. for a large intellectual property law firm. By night, she’s an avenging hero with superpowers such as rock climbing, aikido, music (she is a classical percussionist), gaming, sewing costumes, and reading anything and everything. You can find out what’s on her mind here.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Cast of Wonders 1: A Suitable Pet

Show Notes

Today we present A Suitable Pet by Abigail Hilton. Abigail is a nurse anesthetist and writer who lives in Florida. Her works are primarily set in the world of Panamindorah and are available as free audio downloads or as eBooks from Amazon, B&N and the like. You can listen to her trilogy, The Prophet of Panamindorah, for free.

It’s narrated by Summer Brooks. Summer Brooks is a story addict who watches too much television, and she enjoys putting her encyclopedic sci-fi geek knowledge to the test in discussions about sci-fi, horror, and comics. She has been doing just that on Slice of SciFi since 2005, as co-host, producer, host and EIC, and as co-host and producer for The Babylon Podcast.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.


Show Notes

Today we present A Suitable Pet by Abigail Hilton. Abigail is a nurse anesthetist and writer who lives in Florida. Her works are primarily set in the world of Panamindorah and are available as free audio downloads or as eBooks from Amazon, B&N and the like. You can listen to her trilogy, The Prophet of Panamindorah, for free.

It’s narrated by Summer Brooks. Summer Brooks is a story addict who watches too much television, and she enjoys putting her encyclopedic sci-fi geek knowledge to the test in discussions about sci-fi, horror, and comics. She has been doing just that on Slice of SciFi since 2005, as co-host, producer, host and EIC, and as co-host and producer for The Babylon Podcast.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.