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Far Fetched Fables No. 168 Robert J. Santa and Tonya Liburd

“Princess Lily’s Wedding” by Robert J. Santa (Originally published in Blood, Blade & Thruster.) “I love him, Daddy!” King Frederick breathed deeply. It had been a very long conversation with his youngest child, punctuated by much pouting and exasperated sighing and stomping of pretty feet. Frederick stood over her while she held her face in her […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 167 Alter S. Reiss

“By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss (Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #155.) Getting up early enough to open a kitchen hurts. Leaving a warm bed before second watch makes your head ache, and you can feel the chill going from the cobbles through your feet and into your soul. When it’s wet on […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 166 Scott Huggins

“Phoenix for the Amateur Chef” by Scott Huggins (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress 30.) The phoenix fell. Its sobbing death cry silenced by a coat of ravening flame, it corkscrewed to earth, bleeding dirty white fire across the dusk. What struck the cliff face above our heads was a ball of charred meat. We ducked the […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 165 Valjeanne Jeffers and Ed Ahern

“The Sickness” by Valjeanne Jeffers (Originally published in Griots: Sisters of the Spear.) The Bini warriors crouched in the high grass of the savanna. They’d passed the Fula borders a mile back, and now were a hundred yards from the Adobe mud city. At the forefront they were armed with sword and shield, behind them the […]

Far Fetched Fables. No. 164 Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

“The Centaur’s Daughter” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Originally published in A cappella Zoo.) As a little girl I never understood my father’s night self. It’s hard to be a kid whose father is two people. He changed every day with the sky. I cried at sunrise. I had trouble sleeping. Still do, and I’ve had seventeen years […]

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