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Far Fetched Fables No. 160 Claire Davon and David Steffen

(Originally published in Uncle John’s Flush Fiction Anthology.) The afterlife was arbitrary, Sam Fichtner decided. There was no Heaven or Hell, only one place. He’d had plenty of time to ponder since he crossed over. The Hereafter was filled with endless rows of clear domes like the one he occupied, a space of infinite size […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 159 L.S. Johnson

“Vendemiaire” by L.S. Johnson (Originally published in B is for Broken.) There was a time when Arianne could not see over the rows of her father’s grapevines. At the height of the summer the vineyard became a vast maze and she would follow her mother, watching her taste the grapes, her skirts swaying as she walked, a […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 158 Jonathan Laidlow

“Inundated” by Jonathan Laidlow (Originally published in Ecotones.) Yuri woke up to the sound of waves breaking at the end of the street, and knew that the undines had breached the final defences. Even his house, one of the furthest from the harbour, would be theirs once again, like the rest of the city. Jonathan Laidlow grew up […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 157 Michael McGlade

“Another Beginning” by Michael McGlade (Originally published in Shimmer #29.) The Real Beginning Ógán loses Niamh to his best friend Malachy. Ógán and Niamh had been high school sweethearts, and the three of them had been inseparable — the Three Blind Mice. Ógán stumbled onto this scene: the affair in full swing, the pair of them at it […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 156 Barbara A. Barnett

“What the Blood Bog Takes” by Barbara A. Barnett Originally published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show #47.) On the Day of Sacrifice, my sister Asthore and I wait at the blood bog's edge, our feet sinking into the muddy shore. Asthore gawks with unbridled curiosity as the ceremonial procession emerges from the fog-shrouded forest; I […]

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