Dragonfire

      David Rose
Dragonfire

This is a short story. Dragonfire is the name of the game, a new, totally immersive computer game set in a fantasy world. Figurative dragons lurk in hidden places, the stakes are high, and losing the game means losing your life - or does it?She paced the room, looking out the window, waiting for the sun to set. She didn't think anyone would be coming over after her father was arrested; it'd be too dangerous to pay condolences to the daughter of a warlock. Still, she couldn't take any chances. She couldn't be interrupted, and she couldn't speak to anyone until the next morning. The last rays of bright red light filtered through the curtain and left Elizabeth in the night's embrace. She opened the jar, read the spell one more time, making out letters under the moon's meager glow, and then set up the candle. She walked around the tiny flame, careful not to put it out, and began chanting, weaving a part of her own soul into the words and feeding it to the fire. “The harm to me is harm to you and all your kin and all your blood.”The flame leaped, grew larger, consuming the wax in half the time it should have. Elizabeth watched the candle burn in silence, watched energy, the soul of fire, glide through the air and hug her body. She sensed the reassurance of the spell, its protection. With a needle Elizabeth pricked her finger and let one drop of blood fall on the flame just as it was about to die. The wick hissed, and the last of the energy that smelled and tasted of vengeance came to Elizabeth.
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    Teacher's Pet

      David Rose
Teacher's Pet

Becky loves Sam, but there's a pretty young teacher who's moved into town, and Sam is charmed. So are all the other boys. Now what? This is a rather evil short story set in the context of a young adult romance. NOTE: This is a revised and complete version!Becky loves Sam, but there's a pretty young teacher who's moved into town, and Sam is charmed. So are all the other boys. Now what? This is a rather evil short story set in the context of a young adult romance. NOTE: This is a revised and complete version of the original story.
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    Frost

      David Rose
Frost

This is a short story about love and frost, family and healing. A father and daughter in a small mountain town suffer the impact of a bitter snowstorm.“Benjamin walked out into the hallway and was surprised to hear some talk about Rosé. “Where is Rosé?” Raven asked Benjamin. He glared at her and walked quickly away. “I just wanted to know, Ben!” Raven yelled at him. He was infuriated; he wanted death upon himself. People are going to think I killed her because I abandoned her in 5th grade, he thought as he stomped through the hallways, Kylah is going to tell everyone I did it! He walked through the office and waved at the secretary; she marked him as “out” on the sheet when he left.”Roséaleigh Sanders struggled through her life ever since Kylah Pittman started school with her and ever since her dad passed away in 5th grade. The only friend she has is Benjamin, but Kylah took him for her own. So now Rosé doesn’t have anybody by her side. When Rosé dies, she follows Benjamin to see why he abandoned her in the 5th grade. Once Rosé persuades Benjamin to come back to her, Kylah wants revenge.{To Amber; you will always have a place in my heart. Rest in Peace, my friend.}
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