The Listening Heart

      Rhonda Denise Johnson
The Listening Heart

A short story. Deafness separates her from the words of the people around her, but she is determined not to be separated from their hearts.The world was once a place of plenty and wonders: famine and disease were largely unheard of, cities floated through the sky, everything appeared to be perfect. But it could not last. When the magic called Ve collapsed, society collapsed along with it: millions starved and the floating cities crashed to the ground. In the wreckage the byproducts of Ve use, magical beings called Amekt, went feral. This along with the ensuing wars rendered the mainland uninhabitable.In the last days of the old empire, as things began to fall apart, a small group split off an island-sized piece of rock and seeded it with a plant that would allow it to float. For nearly 500 years, the island of Ansau has drifted in isolation on the ocean currents. Life is more difficult than it was, but the Island’s inhabitants have learned to use the trickle of Ve and stability has been the rule. But things are about to change again.The Ash Tree is the first story in the Broken Shores series, in which events are set in motion that will change life on the Island forever. Beyond that, it is about the cost of those changes to those who bring them about.
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    The First Nine

      Rhonda Denise Johnson
The First Nine

The great equalizer: How one man can control 100 people with one gun and nine bullets.A hotel manager is a voyeur. He spends his days watching people go in and out of his hotel to try and live his life through what he sees. Then one day, he sees more than he has bargained for.
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    Stuporman

      Rhonda Denise Johnson
Stuporman

Stuporman is the first short story that I wrote in the twelfth grade. At the time, I probably did not realize that this spin-off of the Man of Steel was actually a simulacrum for myself as I went through public schools with progressively severe visual and hearing disabilities. Despite living in a body that refused to do what came so easily to others, I still felt, on some level, powerful.Stuporman is the first short story that I wrote in the twelfth grade. At the time, I probably did not realize that this spin-off of the Man of Steel was actually a simulacrum for myself as I went through public schools with progressively severe visual and hearing disabilities. Despite living in a body that refused to do what came so easily to others, I still felt, on some level, powerful—like a superhero. And I knew, even at the tender age of 17, how to craft a stoy.
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