FFfAW: The Ways of the Paths

The Ways of the Paths Mira ran, placing each foot with care. Angry shouts sounded behind her. She gritted her teeth and forced her legs to move faster. The consequences, should they catch her, didn't bear consideration. She didn't look back. After all, she was of the Bakiai, and the Bakiai always looked forward. That [...]

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FFfAW: The Touch of his Hand

The Touch of his Hand "Are you coming, my dear?" Millie looked up at the sound of his voice. Tommy stood in the doorway, his hand outstretched, waiting for hers to join it. She still remembered the first time their hands had touched, all those years ago. She'd shyly slid her fingers into his as they'd [...]

FFfAW: A Mother’s Grief

A Mother's Grief "We didn't do anything to it, Ma," Aeliene said, a waiver in her voice that broke Shylie's heart all over again. "We were just playing. It came out of nowhere and attacked us. Baen tried to stop it, but, he... he fell... and... and..." Shylie gathered her daughter close. Grief encased her [...]

FFfAW: The Name on the Stone

The Name on the Stone Kaeri murmured a prayer and dropped the stone into the urn, calmly meeting the gaze of the priest on the temple steps. He watched her with narrowed eyes, his attention unwavering until she moved out of sight. She'd performed the ritual every day for years. Each stone had borne the [...]

FFfAW: Promises Broken

Promises Broken The day had promised so much. Bright skies and a clear forecast meant their shift at the lifeguard station should have been pleasant - with only the usual idiots and accidents to worry them. The crystalline sea had lapped at the beach as if no dangers lurked in its depths. It was a [...]

FFfAW: Artistic Representations

Artistic Representations "Will you hold still!" Pikey scowled. "You try standing still this long and see how well you manage it." He rolled his shoulders. "How much longer?" "I'll be done a lot sooner if you'd just hold still." "Fine. Just hurry up, 'fore I freeze like this forever." Squiffle gave him a jaunty grin over [...]

FFfAW: Waiting for the Light

Waiting for the Light Tamrir huddled in the darkness, willing the minutes to slow their passage as he awaited the coming dawn. His sister's weight pressed reassuringly against his side, and he hugged her close. The night had been long. Ridiculously so. "Is it time yet?" He started, not having realised Ameyi was awake. "Nearly," he [...]