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Short Stories

Welcome! I’ve published these short stories here to give you a free (and delicious) taste of my universe.

There are two things for you to know.

One: I send out new short stories or chapters twice a month, so signing up means lots of imagination fuel for you.

Two: All these stories are interconnected, though it isn’t obvious at the outset. However, for the sake of clarity, I’ve provided the organization below.

I’ve organized these stories by storyline, and I’ve also set apart my favorites. I suggest starting with The Twins.

Enjoy!

All (Alphabetical)

A Hotel Room, a Knife, and a Bottle of Chardonnay
A brand-new vampire, abandoned by his maker, trying desperately to stay sane. Warning: This one’s a little bloody. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

And Night Fell
SPOILER WARNING: A short story taking place at the end of The Sundered, all about Demos and his brother Tomas. If you haven’t read the book (and would thus be spoiled AND confused), turn back now.

Art Lessons
SPOILER WARNING: This tiny tale is written in honor of fanartist Sixelona’s birthday, following Harry after the end of the science-fantasy bestseller The Sundered. if you haven’t read the book, this little piece will make no sense at all. If you have, however, enjoy.

The Big Palooka
Flappers. Vampires. A thug who stole a necklace and a speak-easy with Jazz to die for. A short, cute story set in New York City in the 1920s. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Club Hedgie
Starring a hedgehog who think he’s a fairy. In honor of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, this story is complete cotton candy: silly, cute, and cavity-inducing. (No spoilers.)

Dante’s Inferno
A different take on the Princess and the Frog. I apologize for the pun in the title. Pfft, who am I kidding? I apologize for nothing. (No spoilers.)

The Doctor Will See You Now
A sleep-deprived elf prince. An open-minded doctor. Weird physical therapy. This tale contains a TERRIBLE PUN. You have been warned. (No spoilers. Grey visits the head-doctor. Things do not go well.)

Freedom
A dark short story following no one – that is, no major characters, nor even anyone we see again in this universe. If you ever wondered what happens to ordinary folk while heroes are off doing great things, this tale may answer that question. (No spoilers. A side-story from The Sundered.)

Harry’s Secret Place
MILD SPOILERS: Harry Iskinder comes from a not-so-good family. When he was five, he ran away from home. This is what happened after. (A side-story from The Sundered.)

Hounds and Jackals
A mad Roman emperor. An ancient depressed vampire. A bizarre evening to remind the Blood King why life is worth living. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

I Know You
SPOILER WARNING: SPOILER WARNING: This flash fiction (under 200 words) piece written from Aakesh’s point of view. For those of you who’ve read the book, I hope you find this as deliciously creepy as I do. Aakesh, dude, some days, you freak me out. (A side-story from The Sundered.)

The Kindly Light of the Setting Sun
Sometimes a single afternoon is enough to make up for a lifetime of bad decisions; at least, it comes close. This spoiler-free short story follows the last day of Tsehay, one of the People of the Sun. (No spoilers.Who are the People of the Sun? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Love Makes Whole
SPOILER WARNING: Did you read The Sundered? Did you read THE SUNDERED? Did you want more? Here are SEVEN very special short stories give a teasing glimpse into what happened after. Once again: MASSIVE SPOILERS HERE.

No Home
A sad little tale following a type of creature even the ancient vampire Notte knows nothing about: a creature of The Dream. Explanation is given at the end. Enjoy. (No spoilers. Who are the people of the Dream? Click this wiki link to find out.)

No Mercy
SPOILER WARNING: Aakesh’s thoughts before and after the events of THE SUNDERED. 3rd place winner in the Wordhaus/Becoming Writer contest contest for scifi! Once again: MASSIVE SPOILERS.

Ravena, Age 8
A strange event in the life of little girl who will one day turn the world on its head. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Redacted
CROSSOVER FICTION:  Eugene discovers he is Kin (part-human, part… something else), and then runs into monster-buster Lucy December from an entirely different universe. Hell of a day, Eugene. (No spoilers. Who are the Kin? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Regrets
Notte has a moment of vulnerability brought on by the strangest thing: his desire to hold a human infant in his arms.

Shadow Seed
The Crow King, a dark and powerful being of Darkness, ruminates to his newest lover about strange and intimate things. (No spoilers. Who are the people of the Darkness? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Someday
The young elf-prince Grey (from The Christmas Dragon and Strings) suffers through the presence of homework and peons with grave irritation. Just for the record, his sketch is not wrong. As with most complicated symbols, those Among the Mythos agreed on a simple, shorthand version of the Seven Peoples’ heraldry. (No spoilers. Who are the Seven peoples? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Succession
It is as if each generation bled, leaked ink or paint or power. Or perhaps it is something else that has left them. (No spoilers. A short story about Grey, the Fey prince.)

Tea
Ancient vampire Notte has tea with a friend right in the middle of some… family business. Awkward! (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Ten Tips For Raising Your Baby Dragon
MILD SPOILER WARNING: You didn’t know you needed advice from a brand-new adoptive mama and her baby dragon, did you? Well, you do. Trust me on this. I’m (not) a doctor. (If you’ve read The Christmas Dragon already, then this should amuse you. Mild spoilers. A side-story from The Christmas Dragon.)

Theron the Thief and the (Nearly) Stolen Crown
A Fey thief, down on his luck and with a heavy debt to pay. A sentient throne guarding the Unseelie treasure. What could go wrong?

The Twins
A deliciously creepy side story with vampires, a dying Earth, and a secret organization. Dark, mildly disturbing, and – if you’ve read The Sundered – you might recognize a name. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Wolf
A word of advice: if you see him, don’t run. A dark and disturbing short story. (No spoilers. A side story from Notte.)

Author Favorites

Club Hedgie
Starring a hedgehog who think he’s a fairy. In honor of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, this story is complete cotton candy: silly, cute, and cavity-inducing. (No spoilers.)

The Big Palooka
Flappers. Vampires. A thug who stole a necklace and a speak-easy with Jazz to die for. A short, cute story set in New York City in the 1920s. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

The Doctor Will See You Now
A sleep-deprived elf prince. An open-minded doctor. Weird physical therapy. This tale contains a TERRIBLE PUN. You have been warned. (No spoilers. Grey visits the head-doctor. Things do not go well.)

Hounds and Jackals
A mad Roman emperor. An ancient depressed vampire. A bizarre evening to remind the Blood King why life is worth living. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Succession
It is as if each generation bled, leaked ink or paint or power. Or perhaps it is something else that has left them. (No spoilers. A short story about Grey, the Fey prince.)

The Twins
A deliciously creepy side story with vampires, a dying Earth, and a secret organization. Dark, mildly disturbing, and – if you’ve read The Sundered – you might recognize a name. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Wolf
A word of advice: if you see him, don’t run. A dark and disturbing short story. (No spoilers. A side story from Notte.)

General Stories

Club Hedgie
Starring a hedgehog who think he’s a fairy. In honor of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, this story is complete cotton candy: silly, cute, and cavity-inducing. (No spoilers.)

Dante’s Inferno
A different take on the Princess and the Frog. I apologize for the pun in the title. Pfft, who am I kidding? I apologize for nothing. (No spoilers.)

The Kindly Light of the Setting Sun
Sometimes a single afternoon is enough to make up for a lifetime of bad decisions; at least, it comes close. This spoiler-free short story follows the last day of Tsehay, one of the People of the Sun. (No spoilers.Who are the People of the Sun? Click this wiki link to find out.)

No Home
A sad little tale following a type of creature even the ancient vampire Notte knows nothing about: a creature of The Dream. Explanation is given at the end. Enjoy. (No spoilers. Who are the people of the Dream? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Redacted
CROSSOVER FICTION:  Eugene discovers he is Kin (part-human, part… something else), and then runs into monster-buster Lucy December from an entirely different universe. Hell of a day, Eugene. (No spoilers. Who are the Kin? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Theron the Thief and the (Nearly) Stolen Crown
A Fey thief, down on his luck and with a heavy debt to pay. A sentient throne guarding the Unseelie treasure. What could go wrong?

They Come
I thought we’d have longer. I thought I’d grow up. They only come when the oldest natural dies. Then they come, and they take our hearts. I don’t want to die. (No spoilers.)

The Sundered

And Night Fell
SPOILER WARNING: A short story taking place at the end of The Sundered, all about Demos and his brother Tomas. If you haven’t read the book (and would thus be spoiled AND confused), turn back now.

Art Lessons
SPOILER WARNING: This tiny tale is written in honor of fanartist Sixelona’s birthday, following Harry after the end of the science-fantasy bestseller The Sundered. if you haven’t read the book, this little piece will make no sense at all. If you have, however, enjoy.

Freedom
A dark short story following no one – that is, no major characters, nor even anyone we see again in this universe. If you ever wondered what happens to ordinary folk while heroes are off doing great things, this tale may answer that question. (No spoilers. A side-story from The Sundered.)

Harry’s Secret Place
MILD SPOILERS: Harry Iskinder comes from a not-so-good family. When he was five, he ran away from home. This is what happened after. (A side-story from The Sundered.)

I Know You
SPOILER WARNING: SPOILER WARNING: This flash fiction (under 200 words) piece written from Aakesh’s point of view. For those of you who’ve read the book, I hope you find this as deliciously creepy as I do. Aakesh, dude, some days, you freak me out. (A side-story from The Sundered.)

Love Makes Whole (SEVEN stories)
SPOILER WARNING: Did you read The Sundered? Did you read THE SUNDERED? Did you want more? Here are SEVEN very special short stories give a teasing glimpse into what happened after. Once again: MASSIVE SPOILERS HERE.

No Mercy
SPOILER WARNING: Aakesh’s thoughts before and after the events of THE SUNDERED. 3rd place winner in the Wordhaus/Becoming Writer contest contest for scifi! Once again: MASSIVE SPOILERS.

The Christmas Dragon

Shadow Seed
The Crow King, a dark and powerful being of Darkness, ruminates to his newest lover about strange and intimate things. (No spoilers. Who are the people of the Darkness? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Ten Tips For Raising Your Baby Dragon
MILD SPOILER WARNING: You didn’t know you needed advice from a brand-new adoptive mama and her baby dragon, did you? Well, you do. Trust me on this. I’m (not) a doctor. (If you’ve read The Christmas Dragon already, then this should amuse you. Mild spoilers. A side-story from The Christmas Dragon.)

Strings

The Doctor Will See You Now
A sleep-deprived elf prince. An open-minded doctor. Weird physical therapy. This tale contains a TERRIBLE PUN. You have been warned. (No spoilers. Grey visits the head-doctor. Things do not go well.)

Someday
The young elf-prince Grey (from The Christmas Dragon and Strings) suffers through the presence of homework and peons with grave irritation. Just for the record, his sketch is not wrong. As with most complicated symbols, those Among the Mythos agreed on a simple, shorthand version of the Seven Peoples’ heraldry. (No spoilers. Who are the Seven peoples? Click this wiki link to find out.)

Succession
It is as if each generation bled, leaked ink or paint or power. Or perhaps it is something else that has left them. (No spoilers. A short story about Grey, the Fey prince.)

Notte

A Hotel Room, a Knife, and a Bottle of Chardonnay
A brand-new vampire, abandoned by his maker, trying desperately to stay sane. Warning: This one’s a little bloody. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

The Big Palooka
Flappers. Vampires. A thug who stole a necklace and a speak-easy with Jazz to die for. A short, cute story set in New York City in the 1920s. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Hounds and Jackals
A mad Roman emperor. An ancient depressed vampire. A bizarre evening to remind the Blood King why life is worth living. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Ravena, Age 8
A strange event in the life of little girl who will one day turn the world on its head. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Regrets
Notte has a moment of vulnerability brought on by the strangest thing: his desire to hold a human infant in his arms.

Tea
Ancient vampire Notte has tea with a friend right in the middle of some… family business. Awkward! (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

The Twins
A deliciously creepy side story with vampires, a dying Earth, and a secret organization. Dark, mildly disturbing, and – if you’ve read The Sundered – you might recognize a name. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)

Wolf
A word of advice: if you see him, don’t run. A dark and disturbing short story. (No spoilers. A side story from Notte.)