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Saturday, August 25, 2012

SFFS Snippet - 8/25/12

He returns to the door and feels a tickle between his shoulder blades. The sense of eyes watching him, many eyes, overwhelms him, and he leans on the door. The eyes listen, but there are no mouths for them to speak.

A bird bolts out of the eaves of a shuttered tower, and a feather drifts past the Traveler and settles on the doorstep at his feet. It shimmers in the light of a moonbeam. A wind picks it up and takes it away--a ghost's soft, silent exhale.

Excerpt from "A Little Bit of Magic", which can be found in the anthology Hazard Yet Forward.

Does anyone know the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mere? That poem inspired this story. Read my speculations as to why no one answered the Traveller's knock.

All proceeds from sales of Hazard Yet Forward go to a wonderful friend and writer to help with her expenses during her fight with breast cancer. There are over 70 stories (that's over 700 pages to read), some by award winners (Contributors), spanning numerous genres. It can only be purchased as e-book via Amazon.com. It's well worth the read!

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  1. Sounds very creepy! Nice snippet :)

  2. Love the imagery...great snippet.

  3. "A wind picks it up and takes it away--a ghost's soft, silent exhale."

    Beautiful, Alexa! I enjoyed the whole story in the anthology, by the way.

    :) Heidi

  4. Reading about so many eyes watching sent chills up my spine. Love the descriptive text!

  5. Very moody. Lovely imagery.

  6. Loved the imagery and this has beautiful, haunting language. Second snippet from this anthology that has been stellar.