short stories

Mad Mona, Monarch of Madonia’s Christmas Surprise By Rachael Ritchey

Some Merry Christmas Mad Mona style! Check it out over at I Came for the Soup… a blog by and for creatives! ❤

I came for the soup...

I know better than to answer my phone after nine at night, and on Christmas Eve to boot. I really don’t know what came over me … except as I think on it, I doubt my not answering would have stopped Her Majesty from knocking my door down. It’s not as though anyone else would follow her on one of her hair-brained schemes.

Learning to skateboard and royal spaghetti-eating contests in neighboring Pastarea aside, she’s not always a loon, but Queen Mona isn’t lovingly referred to as Mad Mona, Her Majesty of Madonia for nothing. At least I’m not wearing a ridiculous red-checked tablecloth as a cape this time. Still ….

“Doyle!” Her Majesty waves me over with a wild sweep of her plump arm, the roundness of the limb enhanced by the down-filled coat I insisted she wear on this winter excursion that is quite against my better judgment…

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Adventure Story Contest, short stories

“The Forever Door” Prologue Bonus

This is a special preview prologue to my story "The Forever Door" in The Crux Anthology, a book of adventure science fiction and fantasy short stories by sixteen different authors. Official Release Date: November 26th, 2018 Available Now Enjoy this prologue to my story! History has seen its share of violence and the conquest of… Continue reading “The Forever Door” Prologue Bonus

#BlogBattles, short stories

La Puerta de Siempre #blogbattle

Okay, so my Cave #BlogBattle story is a total cheat. This is an excerpt from a short story I've been working on. I doubt it will make a ton of sense, but it's exciting, and you'll be able to read the whole thing in the ASF Short Story Contest Anthology book, The Crux, when it comes… Continue reading La Puerta de Siempre #blogbattle

#BlogBattles, short stories

The Binding Moon Festival

#BlogBattle is a monthly one-word writing prompt that I started a few years ago with some writer friends. Well, we've reinvented it and brought it back for our writing pleasure and your reading enjoyment! I hope you'll find this MOON flash fiction short story both curious and worthwhile. Feel free to comment your thoughts! The… Continue reading The Binding Moon Festival

#BlogBattles, short stories

Last Dance

#flashfiction #dance #drama Steady rhythms. Erratic heart thrumming. The music begged to sooth, but her mind refused its solace. Every last breath ached in her chest like the too tight pinch of a straight jacket. She gasped and bent at the waist. The drive zoomed up toward her as her knees buckled and her palms… Continue reading Last Dance