The Bargain was first published in issue #2 Spirit’s Tincture.
It’s a drabble, a story that is exactly 100 words long.
Mirabella stood tethered to the pole, throat clogged with sulfur. The cavern yawned before her. Behind her, villagers crouched, trembling with anticipation.
The yearly bargain was underway.
A roar. Earth-shattering footfalls. Talons scraped the earth. The dragon closed its wings about the pole; a stream of fire sent the villagers scampering.
In their wake, Mirabelle sighed.
A single talon sliced the ropes. She pulled a key from her bodice, worked it into the shackle around the dragon’s ankle. He bowed his head, in agreement, in gratitude.
She straddled his neck, clutched him tight, and together they rose into the air.
So! A Few Good Ghosts is out in the world. I spent most of the week working on the revision and listening proof for the final episode. This is a bittersweet sort of thing. I mean, I never say never when it comes to writing, but for now, episode three will be the last Coffee & Ghosts story.
I might write some standalone stories (I left some “white space” between The Ghost That Got Away and The Wedding Ghost just for that reason). Or something might hit me out of the blue.
But I have ideas for other series and only one pair of hands for typing.
In other news, I have a drabble out this week, in issue #2 of Spirit’s Tincture. What’s a drabble? It’s a story of exactly 100 words. This one involves a dragon.
- Revising, listening proof Coffee & Ghosts, episode 3
The Bargain in issue #2 of Spirit’s Tincture.
A Few Good Ghosts! Now available everywhere!