Written By Jaime Mc Call

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The Humors A Friend Might Indulge

inspired by the art of Gary Laib

By Jaime McCall

Everything had its limit.

Or, as a wise elder once told me, everything had a time to be new, a time to grow familiar, and a time to end.

I could only hope that also applied to the indignities my rider was allowing his...

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The Fears That A Friend Might Ease

inspired by the art of Gary Laib

By Jaime McCall

Gus looked at the chick, and the chick looked back at him. With one wary hand, the gnome boy reached into a pouch on his belt for the specially prepared owl-treat. These meetings could be tricky, he’d been...

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The Burdens That A Friend Might Bear

inspired by the art of Gary Laib

By Jaime McCall

There were some things that an owl just couldn’t understand.

Not normal things like trigonometry, or torque to force ratios. Gus was fairly sure that his owl (if not necessarily other owls) could figure out...

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In Service to the King

inspired by the art of Mikhail Greuli

By Jaime McCall

It was nearly noon. The light streamed in the high windows, pooling on the floor precisely where it needed to in order to illuminate the genuflecting Knight.

It also left me in shadows. 

"You will receive...

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My Nindo

inspired by the art of Julien Hauville

By Jaime McCall

The fact that he was leaving his village in ruins didn’t exactly set right with him.

Sure, he knew that it looked much worse than it was. But, there was no denying that it looked absolutely horrific. Almost...

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Last Acts

inspired by the art of Soren Zaragoza

By Jaime McCall

They came over the hills like insects. Line by line, inexorable and unstoppable.

Their squat, compacted forms spread out, flanking the small settlement with dire purpose. For all their brutish behavior, this showed at...

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The End of Days

inspired by the art of Catherine Steuer

By Jaime McCall

And the sky burned with incandescent power.

The corners of the heavens furled up at the edges, driven by divine force to spasm and flutter. Sound, the deep belling ring of something that defied explanation but felt...

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Sins of the Fathers

inspired by the art of Aldo Katayanagi

By Jaime McCall

“By the year 3322, the planet was almost entirely depleted of its resources.” Dying. Gone. Nothing…there’s nothing… “Dr. Saro designed the encapsulation process. A way to combine biological data and then gestate life...

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Until They Rise

inspired by the art of Alexander Forssberg

By Jaime McCall

When I was younger, just a child really, my mother used to take me walking near the stone giants. Just after tea she’d trundle me up in my shoes and hat. My older brother, Frederick, would be left to clear the table...

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Obsession is a Hell of a Thing

inspired by the art of Afanur Rashid

By Jaime McCall

He called the beast “Bobby.” If you asked him why, you’d of likely gotten a narrow-lipped bearing of teeth and eyes that no sane man would ever call… comfortable … as your reply. The beast was Bobby. And that’s all...

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A Murder of Crows

inspired by the art of Daniel Tyka

By Jaime McCall

Gathering. Swarming. A murder in the sky. A murder on the ground. A murder in the air. A murder all around. He smirked and watched the long gray ribbon of smoke from his pipe join the already ash laden air. Who would...

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In the Wreckage

inspired by the art of Alexander Forssberg

By Jaime McCall

“Used to fly in the clouds…” “Bright as noon, even at midnight…” “Swim any time you wanted…” Phee did not hate his grandfather. Not really. But the old man’s ramblings had long ago lost what limited charm they might...

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