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Revitalized – Jason P. Burnham

April 2020

As she trudged down the alley, out of sight of the grey uniforms, Cenessa saw a small puddle.

But how?

Could it be a mirage? It was certainly hot enough. The dust she had stirred from the parched, cracked earth settled as she stood there, trying to figure out if she was hallucinating the water.

Behind her, the way was clear. In front of her, the puddle abutted the stone barrier at the dead end. Sandstone walls of the surrounding buildings rose high above. This was a back alley – no windows, no stairwells, and no machines to accidentally relinquish this precious fluid.

Where did it come from?

She stepped closer, curious to see if she was imagining it, nervous because someone was always watching. Any water you found legally belonged to the Resource Engagement Officers, but those with the power had written the laws…

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As she trudged down the alley, out of sight of the grey uniforms, Cenessa saw a small puddle. But how? Could it be a mirage? It was certainly hot enough. The dust she had stirred from the parched, cracked earth settled as she stood there, trying to figure out if she was hallucinating the water. Behind her, the way was clear. In front of her, the puddle abutted the stone barrier at the dead end. …
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Revitalized – Jason P. Burnham

As she trudged down the alley, out of sight of the grey uniforms, Cenessa saw a small puddle. But how? Could it be a mirage? It was certainly hot enough. The dust she had stirred from the parched, cracked earth settled as she stood there, trying to figure out if she was hallucinating the water. Behind her, the way was clear. In front of her, the puddle abutted the stone barrier at the dead end. …

It came from Carly Racklin

Carly Racklin’s story “The Guardian of Werifest Park” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 27 September 2019. “The Guardian of Werifest Park” might be my oldest and most revised story. A long time ago I had a dream in which a girl beckoned a giant shadowy creature out from a line of trees, fearsome to others but to her, a friend. I’ve always been fond of the idea of “forest spirits” or magical creatures that …

A question for J.J. Drew

Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

A: Honestly? No. I know there are many stories out there of people who started writing as children and completed their first novel draft in their teens.

That’s not me.

While I’ve always loved reading, I never felt like I had stories to tell. Then, in my early thirties, a story idea popped into my head and refused to go away. I decided to write it down, if only to get it out of my mind.

I quickly discovered that my writing abilities weren’t up to the task.

Determined to do the idea justice, I set about honing my craft, and the strangest thing happened. It was like a mental floodgate had opened; the more I wrote, the more ideas I had.

I’ve been writing ever since.


J.J. Drew’s story “Clod-Shodden
in Metaphorosis Friday, 10 April 2020.
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Sonata III: Canta – L. Chan

Adagio: Canta Sona, on a quest for vengeance, has enlisted help of the Six Named to play a piece of heretical Music composed by his mother, the Lady Kristyk. Shailani found Sona harbouring a second secret, a device of his mother’s design, able to capture and replay any Music it hears, but the Music that Sona has brought is eerily familiar to her; containing elements of her own people’s holy songs, Music she was sent …

It came from Matt Hornsby

Matt Hornsby’s story “A Final Resting Place” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 20 September 2019. This story came together from a couple of different ideas I had. I remember reading ‘The World Without Us’ by Alan Weisman around the time of a train journey I took across Hungary and Romania, and looking out the window at the landscape – already much wilder than anything in the UK – and imagining it returned to nature …