Alice (a short story)

      David Elvar
Alice (a short story)

Alice lives with her husband, who sometimes subjects her to the occasional bout of violence. After the latest attack, something is unlocked inside her...A Short Story of approx 2,400 words.Time travel has always been a subject left to fiction writers and movie makers. The concept is arbitrary at best and to many it is incomprehensible. Froth with paradox, the subject of time travel simply put is mind boggling.World population exceeded seven billion On March 12, 2012. Assuming a moderate population growth of 1% annually, world population numbers a mere five hundred years later will exceed one trillion people. If you think the government isn't aware of this you should perhaps remove your head from the sand.In the very near future, wars will be fought, not for the purpose of gaining political control, not to seize control of natural resources, but for the sole purpose of reducing the population of our planet. Citizens of this world are unaware that governments are even now considering annihilation of the masses by using nuclear weapons on their own population.Time travel has always been a subject left to fiction writers and movie makers but maybe the origins of life and the sustaining of life in our universe have more in common with time travel than you think.
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    Tall Thomas

      David Elvar
Tall Thomas

Thomas isn't actually tall. He's called Tall Thomas because he likes to tell tall stories. It takes a neighbour with a magic spell to stop him. But it doesn't end there. If he wants the spell to stop working, he must start doing something he's never done in his life...Forelock Holmes and Doctor John Trotson are on the case of a mysterious threat to the princesses on the night of the Galloping Gala! Suspecting that he is out of his depth, Doctor Whooves and his companion Ditzy Do are called in to assist. What can be made of a villain whose cutie mark is a planet rent in twain, and of the amorous desire he shows toward Ditzy? Holmes' boundless confidence is unhindered, but how will he overcome this strange new opponent?
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    No, Papa!

      David Elvar
No, Papa!

What do you do when you’re where you don’t want to be? What do you do when you’re with who you don’t want to be with? What do you do when the law fails you? Whatever it takes. You do whatever it takes…Elisa is fourteen years old. She has an English mother and a Sicilian father. She was born in England but raised in Sicily, and when her parents split up, she returns willingly to England with her mother. This is where the problems start.Unfortunately for her, her father has the law on his side, the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. And he uses it. The problem is, though, that she doesn’t feel abducted. And how can she have been abducted if her father had paid for her ticket to England in the first place? How can she have been abducted if he’d then sent money every month so she could stay there? You’d think it would be an open-and-shut case, wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, the law thinks otherwise. And now she finds herself back in Sicily, back with him, back without her mother. This is her story. This is how she plays the hand an inflexible and unforgiving law has dealt her.
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    Astra Norte - Space Cadet: Log entry 1

      David Elvar
Astra Norte - Space Cadet: Log entry 1

Hi, I’m Astra Norte and I’m a Space Cadet. Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard all the jokes. Anyway, this is the first of my space logs, and I have to tell you, it’s been a pretty scary voyage so far. I mean…Uh? What do you mean, let ’em read it for themselves?…Oh, oka-a-a-ay. Sorry, people, but I have to go. Just read and enjoy. Okay?Hearing voices in your head in any world, even Feregana, isn’t considered normal. But hearing the voices of ferrets? Definitely cause for concern. So when Stefi discovers the voices she’s heard her whole life aren’t spirits or her own crazy mind but ferrets of all things, it’s no surprise her life becomes a whole lot stranger.The timid Gemmie and gruff-yet-sensitive Maya soon tell her of a disturbance descending on their world, a disturbance only an utterly unprepared Stefi may be able to prevent. Armed with only a kitchen knife and the seemingly useless gift of communicating with ferrets, what’s a girl to do? Run away from home to seek help and answers from misfit members of Feregana’s divided races, of course.The problem is, her eventual companions, outcasts like her, could hardly be considered normal. There’s Ifaut, an immature and obsessive princess from the Furosan race, along with her latest “pet”, Sansonis of the Kalkic minority; Rhaka of the dog-like Otsukuné; and Cédes, a ghostly blind Furosan prophetess with a (very literal) fiery temper.Yet in their journey to find who or what wants to end Feregana, Stefi and her new friends soon discover that few things are certain in a world heading inexorably towards war and perpetual twilight. But what is certain is that Stefi’s gift is capable of overturning the humans' Church of Kardin, which will do anything to stop her and her friends. And that, as Cédes has seen, their journey can end only in Stefi’s untimely death.
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    Brooman and the Monster under the Bed

      David Elvar
Brooman and the Monster under the Bed

Brooman is often tired but that’s because he has a little sister who wakes him most nights with wild stories about bogeymen and suchlike under her bed. And this latest one, about a monster called Cedric who burps black smoke and smells of bananas, is the last straw. But there’s something about this particular wild story. Because as he shoos her off back to bed, he detects the faint smell of----Awarded Shortstory-What had started as the perfect Sunday had turned into a nightmare.The three had spent the day at their favourite beach - a secluded spot between rocky outcrops that hardly ever drew many people. It wasn’t good for swimming. It was too shallow for too far and then it suddenly became deep with dangerous currents. John didn’t mind. He couldn’t swim and for his four-year-old daughter Emily the shallows were ideal. Perfect.Except, Emily had vanished.
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    Naomi's Gnome

      David Elvar
Naomi's Gnome

One night, Naomi is woken by the sound of scratching. She gets up to see a door appearing in her bedroom wall, then a face, then a small figure. This figure is a home gnome, there to make life (as he puts it) “interesting” for her and her family. And while he is annoying in the extreme, he does at least prove useful when it comes to getting rid of unwanted guests...The last survivors of a doomed world have been rescued and taken to safety in another universe, but they’re still dying out. All their rescuers can do is take them to see the ocean one last time – and try to persuade them to let their last child survive.This is a prequel to my novel The Last Man on Earth Club (but both can be read separately).A short story of 4,000 words.APOCALYPTIC TALES is a series of shorts and novellas about the end of the world. Because somewhere in the multiverse, a world is always ending…
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    Victoria, Cat and catflapjack

      David Elvar
Victoria, Cat and catflapjack

Meet Victoria. She’s a girl and pretty laid back. And meet Cat. He’s a cat and…well, he’s just Cat. He’s good at inventing things. That’s what he tells everyone, anyway. But actually, not all of his inventions go wrong…What could have caused the dragons to decide they are tired of being pushed around by lesser beings? For the first time they've chosen to spread their wings and have taken over the second largest city in the Dwarven kingdom. Join with the Magical Seven as they react to this revolt.More than any other time in their history the Dwarves need heroes, a crazy inventor and his family are the ones who step up to the challenge. Dr. Kilgen is a Dwarf on a mission. Since the dragons attacked his village he has spent every minute that he isn’t saving Dwarves at the hospital inventing steam powered machines of mass dragon destruction.Can the Dwarven Dragon Hunters of THE DIRGE and the Magical Seven put down the dragon uprising and reclaim their fallen city? Or will the dragon's fire ultimately leave their inventions in a cloud of smoke?
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    Ghoul School

      David Elvar
Ghoul School

Ghoul School is different. It’s a school where ugly is beautiful. Three students—Jodie, Kate and Naomi—are chosen to represent the school in a forthcoming fashion show. But Naomi’s head keeps falling off, and since that would be very unfashionable, they have a problem. Do they succeed in solving it? After a fashion. In fact, very much after a fashion...Time travel has always been a subject left to fiction writers and movie makers. The concept is arbitrary at best and to many it is incomprehensible. Froth with paradox, the subject of time travel simply put is mind boggling.World population exceeded seven billion On March 12, 2012. Assuming a moderate population growth of 1% annually, world population numbers a mere five hundred years later will exceed one trillion people. If you think the government isn't aware of this you should perhaps remove your head from the sand.In the very near future, wars will be fought, not for the purpose of gaining political control, not to seize control of natural resources, but for the sole purpose of reducing the population of our planet. Citizens of this world are unaware that governments are even now considering annihilation of the masses by using nuclear weapons on their own population.Time travel has always been a subject left to fiction writers and movie makers but maybe the origins of life and the sustaining of life in our universe have more in common with time travel than you think.
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    Millie's Mum

      David Elvar
Millie's Mum

Millie’s mum is always getting her words muddled, and this can lead to some pretty embarrassing moments in front of her friends. It’s after one muddled conversation too many that Millie decides that something must be done about her. But what? She needs a brilliant idea. In fact, she needs a brilliantly brilliant idea…Twenty-seven year old George Kelso went to sleep on a cold fall night in Central Park in the city of New York with a suicide note pinned to his jacket. He never expected to wake up; he expected to die from cancer and exposure. Instead, he woke up refreshed and telepathically exchanging thoughts with intelligent genetically engineered ants called jants! At first George felt disappointed that he hadn't died peacefully in his sleep, but he soon felt better than he had felt in months! But what were his new friends the jants really up to and what did giant ticks have to do with it? This short story is the third publication of an ongoing sci-fi/fantasy series of short stories and novellas that chronicle an increasingly unstable world in which nasty natural, technological and mythical forces are unleashed in response to climate change and other human induced problems.
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    Victoria, Cat and the bag of holes

      David Elvar
Victoria, Cat and the bag of holes

Meet Victoria. She’s a girl and pretty laid back. And meet Cat. He’s a cat and…well, he’s just Cat. He proves it when she buys a bag of holes. Why? Well, what else do you use for making doughnuts…?“Haughtiness in Love” A Short Love StoryIt’s a love story of Iba kundra and Jawl dsena. It’s a unique love story without love.Many of young people will find their own life in this story. It is obvious to have a story in love life.Read it and feel it.Heena Kothari.
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    Ratburger Salad

      David Elvar
Ratburger Salad

They’re not going to learn Cookery at school, no way are they going to learn Cookery at school. They need to get themselves kicked out of the class, and they have the perfect plan that will allow just that to happen. Unfortunately, there’s just one small obstacle to them carrying it out…It’s been three weeks since Mahrree publicly denounced the Administrators about Terryp’s land being poisoned, and since Perrin resigned from the army instead of becoming its High General. The world's been shunning them ever since. But the Shins have been fine with that, busy with making their own plans to sneak away to Terryp’s land . . . Until one night when mysterious visitors in dark mottled clothing tell Mahrree and Perrin about a new land and na unknown civilization where they need to take their family, because Chairman Mal is planning to arrest the Shins and try them for sedition. The Shins and Briters have to trust these secretive people to help them escape before the Administrator of Loyalty arrives. But seventeen-year-old Peto, the last Shin thinking clearly anymore, is agreeing to go along only so that he can rescue his family from the rescue of Shem Zenos--the duplicitous spy--and his “Guarders.” Book 5 in the "Forest at the Edge" series: Part fantasy, part adventure, part humor, part romance, part mystery all equates to a wholly entertaining and unique family saga. You've never read anything quite like this before.
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    Giuliana and the Giant

      David Elvar
Giuliana and the Giant

Ever wondered what causes the ground to quake and buildings to shake and the sudden rumble of thunder? Could be you have a giant living near you, a giant with terrible table manners...Josh Morrison finds himself stranded when his car dies. Along comes a beautiful mechanic to save him. It doesn't take him long to fall under her spell.This is a fun little story written for a magazine that got changed to connect with the Morrison Family series. There is no full sized book for these characters.
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    The story of Athene and Arachne (How the spider was created)

      David Elvar
The story of Athene and Arachne (How the spider was created)

A short dramatisation of a legend from Ancient Greece, the story of how the spider was created.-Rydia, Daughter of Mist-Though instantly overcome by Rydia's beauty and spunk, the Prince of Eblan has never confessed an attraction. Rydia is the perfect match for his rebellious attitude, ditching dirt and smart-ass quips and taking the same . . . but has never admitted to a fluttering heart. Now they have given themselves one last chance for a no-holds-barred admittance.-Kain, A Hero's Destiny-Kain. A soul manipulated to dark deeds, forever separated from the honor he one time cherished as a dragoon knight. How have these dark deeds tortured an honorable soul? How has this betrayal affected what could have been a hero's future? Silence surrounds him, feeding the darkness and manipulating a lonely spirit troubled by a strange past. But though evil has an uncanny instinct about weaknesses, honor and love have a way of finding even the smallest strength.
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    Sophie's Spell

      David Elvar
Sophie's Spell

Sophie is a witch. She didn't know she was a witch until she was asked to cook tea one evening. Naturally, she puts these new-found powers to good use. First, against her horrible teacher for being in an unusually bad mood and making the class recite the 27½ times table twice. Second, against her Uncle Nesbit, who has come to stay and whose appetite is legendary...Kaiya held a magical power in her blood to make the night creatures immune to the sun. Byron's assignment was easy, to make her fall in love with him and have her offer her blood to him and all the vampires in Connor's coven. There was just one thing he wasn't allowed to do: fall in love with her. Will he follow the rules and be faithful to his maker or will he turn his back on his own kind just to save her? With so much to lose the choice won’t be easy
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    Victoria, Cat and the Pop Star

      David Elvar
Victoria, Cat and the Pop Star

Meet Victoria. She’s a girl and pretty laid back. And meet Cat. He’s a cat and…well, he’s just Cat. And when a pop star appears in their garden, Cat decides to get in on the act…Cody Marsh's domineering, embittered mother is the only family she has ever known until her grandfather arrives on her doorstep. He brings with him the acceptance and kindness previously missing in Cody's life, and his death a short time after they meet leaves her empty and yearning. Defying her mother for the first time in her life, Cody sets out for the boyhood home of her grandfather -- Wallace, Idaho -- to find connections to him, to find her place in her family, to find peace within herself.Instead, her search lands her at the scene of a double homicide and Cody's discoveries of her grandfather's past become entwined in a history very much alive. The bordellos, politics, and silver mines of the past reach into the present, driving at least one of her new acquaintances to acts of desperation. Cody must find the strength to face not only private failures and the ghosts of old memories, but betrayal that will strike at her newfound courage.
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    Lord Mustard

      David Elvar
Lord Mustard

Lord Mustard is broke. No, actually, he’s seriously broke. His cook hasn’t been paid in months, Mustard Manor is falling down around his ears, and he has a telephone bill to pay. He needs money but how to make it, that’s the question. But he manages, and by becoming something no lord has ever been before: he becomes a street entertainer, a tap-dancer. But not the usual kind of tap-dancer...When growing her small clothing company in New York, Alexandra starts getting harassing phone calls and emails. When she comes face to face with her stalker, the reality of the situation becomes a bigger nightmare than she could imagine. Alexandra finally faces the decision of the court for the fate of her sister. The choices Alex makes soon makes the light shine on the truth and reveal who the true person is that is responsible for Natalie’s fate. In the end Alex is forced to make choices, which will change her life.
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