Short Stories

Fingerprints

Rumors of her appear in the news, but who can credit tales of a pale little girl freezing things with a single, bloodied touch?
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A Little Something Dark

He was the assassin, the executioner, the bringer of death for the Blood King. After all, Terrance understood death better than most.
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Weird

Court-appointed therapy doesn’t go quite the way Rapunzel thought it would.
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A Form of Love (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

A Form of Love

The soul had been flayed, shredded into suffering ribbons, and Death had to think carefully about how to handle it right.
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ASK YOUR PARENTS FIRST (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Ask Your Parents First

Just a story about magic, cereal boxes, and long-lost Mesoamerica gods. No, who am I kidding? It’s about a badass convenience store manager with a…
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Smile (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Smile

A pretty lady always knows how to smile. (Flash fiction: 240 words)
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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…
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Good Dog (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Good Dog

Now, he knew what this place held. Monsters, magic leaves, things all meant to stop him and eat him and stop him and hurt him,…
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The Bet (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

The Bet

She’d won. She’d won! He had got it wrong, but she’d won. No way was she going to pass up collecting.  » Read more about: The Bet  »
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Jonathan

He’d always painted what he saw; these visions pushed him, bled out his eyes, and the only cure for augural blindness was to splatter it…
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Marked (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Marked

On a hill, he sat. Alex didn’t match the location. Casually ragged jeans and a worn orange shirt stood out in this fantasy-field setting, at…
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Chosen (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Chosen

“Go calm down the idiots, would you?” said Iskinder, gaze locked on the screen. “It is time for you to use your particular talent for…
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Easy

Soon, I’ll have enough, and I can step out of this idiot game and I swear, I swear, no one is ever going to touch…
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Tea (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

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.)
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Protocol Part III (A short story in three parts by Ruthanne Reid)

Protocol

Note: this story is kind of spoilery for THE SUNDERED, so if you haven’t read that book, you might want to head back to the…
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Favors (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Favors

Aiden smiled. “What can I do for you, my friend?” he said, and waggled a finger. “Be sure, it will cost you.” No, It wouldn’t.
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Seed

Ravena has her reasons for refusing Notte – and none of them involve survival. Terrance, meanwhile, has no reason to doubt Notte… except for the…
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Someday (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Someday

Someday, he’d just leave. Nobody would call him prince, or Highness, or expect him to do anything miraculous. Someday could not come soon enough.
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Shadow Seed (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Shadow Seed

The Crow King, a dark and powerful being of Darkness, ruminates to his newest lover about strange and intimate things. (No spoilers.)
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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,…
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Regrets (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Regrets

I do not blame you for your fear. Humans are my prey – but my friend, I do not hunt small children.
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Freedom (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

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…
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The Twins (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

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 -…
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Succession (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Succession

It is as if each generation bled, leaked ink or paint or power. Or perhaps it is something else that has left them.
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No Home (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

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…
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Dante's Inferno (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

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…
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They Come (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

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…
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Wolf (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

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.)
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A Hero's Journal (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

A Hero’s Journal

We were tasked with stopping the end of the world, but it’s too late for that. So, failing that, we are tasked with preserving what…
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Redacted (A short story by Ruthanne Reid)

Redacted

CROSSOVER FICTION: Eugene discovers he is Kin (part-human, part… something else), and then runs into monster-buster LUCY DECEMBER (a Jewish vampire detective written by John…
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Ravena, Age Six

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.)
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I Know You

SPOILER WARNING (If you’ve read The Sundered, you’re good to go. Otherwise, head back to the short stories for safer fare.) I know you.  » Read…
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Love Makes Whole

SPOILER WARNING (If you’ve read The Sundered, you’re good to go. Otherwise, head back to the short stories for safer fare.) This is a very…
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By the Numbers

SPOILER WARNING (If you’ve read The Sundered, you’re good to go. Otherwise, head back to the short stories for safer fare.) One, two, three, four,…
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To Amend This Fault

SPOILER WARNING (If you’ve read The Sundered, you’re good to go. Otherwise, head back to the short stories for safer fare.) He’d been born first,…
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Beautiful Boy

SPOILER WARNING (If you’ve read The Sundered, you’re good to go. Otherwise, head back to the short stories for safer fare.) Rage was fire, and…
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