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Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable · Modern Fantasy
The Cuckoo

"Cuckoo, cuckoo!" The Cuckoo cried. His bright orange plumage flowed behind him, catching the sunlight just so. The people flocked to him, tripping over themselves to give him their riches. He'd grow fat on the wealth of faraway lands and promised to show the people his ways. Soon the riches of the people dwindled. Angry,…

Fantasy · Fiction · Flash Fiction · Heavy Handed Parable
The Power of Thoughts and Prayers

High up on the hill overlooking The Village lived a wealthy merchant. He had worked hard to become as wealthy as he was and often spent his time bragging about his wealth to the villagers below. For their part, The Villagers were annoyed by his boasting, but took it in stride. After all, he had…

Fantasy · Fiction · Short Story
The Darkness and The Light

I finally found her nailed to an oak.  It always amazes me what lengths humans will go through to torture one another.  Her blood and tears mixed together as they ran down her bare body, forming and reforming little rivulets, inlets and streams.  Near where the cold iron spikes drove themselves through her ankles and…

Fantasy · Licensed Heroes · Script
Licensed Heroes Scripts 17-20

Comic 17: Panel 1: Tempest is sitting at the order counter for the bakery.  Put an obvious clock/sundial/timer in the corner of the panel so the audience can clearly see the passage of time.  He's trying to be a good son, but clearly very bored.  Tempest's Father(Off panel): Tempest!  I'm heading out to make some…

Fantasy · Licensed Heroes · Script
Licensed Heroes Script 13-16

Comic 13: Panel 1: Tempest at his Landlord's office bargaining for an extra month's rent.  The office is seedy and grimy, the whole thing looks borderline to a slum lord's office.  The Landlord himself is large and dirty, and mostly unsympathetic as Tempest makes his pleas.  Tempest (Trying to convince the Landlord, knowing he sounds…

Fantasy · Licensed Heroes · Script
Licensed Heroes Scripts 7-12

Comic 7 Panel 1: Tempest working at Vic’s Potion and Used Equipment Emporium as a greeter.  He’s wearing the uniform, and has his faux smile on.  He’s greeting a young pair of adventurers (1st level female warrior, 1st male mage). Tempest: Hello!  And welcome to Vic’s Potion and Used Equipment Emporium.  Let one of our…