Babylon's Thirst

      Jacob Magnus / History & Fiction
Babylon's Thirst

The baking sun condemns Enkidu's family to a slow death. To save them he must get water, but to do that, he must defy the king. A short story of ancient Babylon.Ten tales of the mundane, of a universe askew, where things are slightly off:1. The Last Man in the World Explains All: double check your math. 2. Ghost Woods: shot an arrow into the air, and where it landed...3. Invisibility: don't attract attention. Just don't.4. Not With a Bang: this is how the world ends.5. Do-Over: the problem with time travel is you.6. An Unfortunate Choice of Words: Aliens. Man, they just don't get it.7. The World Without Souls: not the most pleasant of places. 8. Reparations: my, how things change.9. Inherit the Earth: a race, or an idea?10. An Inappropriate Response: Humans. Man, they just don't get it.
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    The Boy Who Asked

      Jacob Magnus / History & Fiction
The Boy Who Asked

How far will one little boy go for the answer to a simple question? A fairy tale.From the Four Letters world, this short story can be read as a standalone, but takes place after book 2 in the series. After a mild case of food poisoning on Christmas Eve, Jade wakes up the next morning in an alternate reality where she was never adopted ... and no longer pregnant. Following a few minor hiccups in the beginning, she manages to bond with her biological family in matching pajamas, spends the afternoon at a park with her dead best friend, and meets her fiancé for the very first time at a festive rock party where they fall in love all over again. Is this dream-like state better than her reality? And will Jade ever want to get out of it?
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    Stopwatch

      Jacob Magnus / History & Fiction
Stopwatch

Corben Jatthew gets it done. That's Corben's motto, and he's built a successful consulting business by following it, but when he takes the Stopwatch case, he soon finds he's running out of time. Can Corben get it done? Find out in Stopwatch, a short story.The year is 2048 and Liristan has declared war on the Allied powers. While Canadian Prime Minister Alistair Tillman is doing his best to placate his enemies and assist his friends, there's a traitor on the Hill. He enlists nineteen year old, rookie M.P. Jonathan Tremblay and the beautiful Legislative Assistant, Alexandra Sinclair to help him unmask the enemy within. But what they find is more shocking than they ever could have imagined and the pair of political sleuths must quickly learn to navigate the dangerous game of politics to stay ahead - and stay alive.
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    Through Fire

      Jacob Magnus / Actions & Adventure / Science Fiction
Through Fire

Surrounded by wild lands and death machines, the last city relies on the riggers to carry water and vital supplies. Flint, driver of the toughest rig, loves the freedom of the open way, and hates the cruel customs of the city, but when the President's daughter tries to run in his rig, he must dare terrors without and treachery within to protect her, even if it means running through fire.When the mysterious murder of a rival company's security guard stirs the curiosity of New York City billionaire Abram Guy, he dons his goggles and grabs his Skeleton Key to investigate as the Innovator in the dead of night. However, upon his investigation, the only thing he finds to be right about the investigation is that there was more to it than met the eye.And how right he was...Aided by both his personal assistant Duke Costello and a persistent, yet unwelcome guest, the Innovator follows the breadcrumb of clues left at the scene of the murder, only to stumble upon a discovery that could change the very progression of mankind. But how can the goggled guardian hope to protect such a discovery, when its very threat is humanity itself?
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    Panoptic

      Jacob Magnus / Actions & Adventure / Romance & Love / Thrillers & Crime
Panoptic

Meet Soro, world-renowned snap artist, and Squizzle, his owl monkey sidekick. For Soro the world was a giant's playground, a million perfect visions for him to catch on film. Then one night he met her, and the giants awoke.Now Soro’s running to salvage the shreds of his life, and his only weapons are his wits…and his camera.Dr. Holly Green hasn't celebrated Christmas since age thirteen when her parents were killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve. An uber surgeon and social wallflower at New Hampshire's Granite State Medical Center, Holly successfully dodges the hospital party every year, except this year when she meets Dr. Noel Shepherd, sexy, new surgeon on the block who's determined to end her absenteeism.The polar opposite of Holly, Noel revels in the Christmas spirit, sporting a penguin print tie and Santa sticker on his beeper.From the moment Holly bumps into Noel, she can't deny her attraction to him. Noel likewise lights up around Holly.When their relationship heats up over the holidays, Noel buys an evergreen tree that he and Holly could decorate together. But his surprise quickly sours when Holly refuses to have anything to do with the tree. Has Noel crossed the line, catapulting Holly into a Christmas she isn't ready to celebrate?
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    The Grace

      Jacob Magnus / History & Fiction
The Grace

The armies of Assyria hound Nabopolassar to Babylon. Can he save the city…and himself?In a Kingdom of old, a young Prince Cosmo wants nothing more than to follow his heart's desire of becoming a dancer, but his masculine father absolutely forbids it. Cosmo's only source of comfort is the cleaning lady Yalena, who he has very strong feelings for. Suddenly, an evil witch flies in and steals away Cosmo for revenge for when the King made her swamp the kingdom's septic tank dump. The King and Queen are at a loss as for what to do, but the blind prophet Euno declares he will only be saved by the lady Yalena. It is up to her to save her lover and the kindgom. Will she do it or will she succumb to the terrors of a mystical world filled with mushroom eating goblins, invincible knights, and lonely trolls? Only time will tell!
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    The Princess and The Pirate

      Jacob Magnus / History & Fiction
The Princess and The Pirate

A great pirate chief terrorised the land, but he met his match in the princess of the High Mountains. A fairy tale.A short story by William Butler, author of the novels Bang and The House of Balestrom. Jean has decided to help her daughter, Linda, run away from home so Linda can be with Beth, the woman she loves.She had it all planned out on how she was going to get Linda out of the house before, Kevin (the controlling father) gets home. It doesn't work out as planned when a terrible storm hits the town trapping the three family members in the house while they wait it out.
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    Flesh and Stone

      Jacob Magnus / History & Fiction
Flesh and Stone

Unis and Pepi. Slaves of the Pharoah or makers of history? Find out in the short story Flesh and Stone.Sarah is given Aisha's diary right before her mysterious death. Being reluctant at first, Sarah decides to read her diary, to figure out the truth, of what might have lead to her sisters death.. She discovers another world, of love, religion and cultures. Can the power of Love unite those who are of different religions?
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