The Price of Fame

In the end, it was not about the money, he decided, though truth be told, it was a ridiculous sum that would support him well into old age. It was not about the thrill, either, though that certainly played a part: the rush of exhilaration when the knife slides in, the desperate knowledge in the … Continue reading The Price of Fame



Willem stood on the balcony of his father's workshop. He was watching the waterwheel spin. The creaks and groans of the wooden mechanism were as familiar to him as the sound of his own breath, and nearly as abhorrent. His father's Decanter puttered around the workshop, tidying up after Willem's failed attempt to improve on … Continue reading Beast

Sea salt


The tinkle of a bell summoned Marna from the storeroom. She dusted off her hands and dabbed her face dry with a handkerchief. The tiny room was windowless and airless, and afforded little relief from the summer's heat. "My condolences," the dark-haired woman said as Marna emerged. She sounded sincere, but Marna knew better. Tears … Continue reading Salt