Fang Rot – Teresa Howard
4200 words Fantasy
Wackiness ensues when a lecherous vampire and his long suffering ex-wife consult a dentist in an effort to save him from a dreaded disease.
A horrific screech echoed through the crypt as the massive door was forced open, not an easy feat even for someone with preternatural strength. An all too familiar voice called out a quick greeting. “Hello Jeffrey? Are you risen, Love? Sun’s down and I fancy a bite to eat. Want to join me?” A loud groan answered the cheery call. Jeffrey Bellington-Kemp managed to pull himself up in his coffin and snarl at his ex-wife. “I’m really not feeling up to it tonight, Velda. Go away!” He fell back into the dark satin folds and closed his eyes.
Nellandra’s Keeper – Teresa Howard
2900 words Fantasy
Can a young woman really be her sister’s keeper? Find out as Gallandra struggles between fulfilling family obligations and fulfilling her own magical destiny.
“Where is Nellandra? I told you to guard her until after the wedding.” The high priestess’s mind voice prickled uncomfortably in the back of my head. “She’s probably just gone for a walk. I’ll find her.” My answer was much calmer than I felt, a little trick of mindspeak I had developed. “She should be preparing to meet her bridegroom, not off hiding. I don’t want her to be late for the betrothal feast, too many people will be watching.” I winced as I felt her annoyance. “Yes, grandmother, I’ll make sure she’s there.”
Not Human – Teresa Howard
6600 words Science Fiction
Sometimes finding out who you are means discovering what you’re not. A young girl discovers that her missing father was an alien and what it means to be treated as less than human.
Any hope of victory died in a blinding flash of light. Tears filled my assaulted eyes. Blinking, I fought to clear my vision. The damage was bad and got worse. Two star-fighters were taken out as I watched helplessly. They flickered brightly then disintegrated into a shimmering mist in my view screen. Our forces, already outnumbered and outgunned, were doomed. Biting my lip, I maneuvered the remaining ships within striking distance of my target, the command ship of the Renngor fleet. A suicide run was my only chance to salvage the mission and ward off a massive invasion of Earth by enemy forces. Without mercy, the light flashed again and I took a direct hit. Fighting for control, I launched all remaining long-range weapons as I went down. It wasn’t enough.
Putting on the Blue – Teresa Howard
1400 words Fantasy
On a new world a young boy learns the value of even a small creature and how a young girl’s curiosity saved a planetary expedition.
Javian held his prize carefully, showing it first to Mazo and then Alyc. He pulled it back when Alyc reached to touch it. His friends didn’t have hunting weapons of their own and he was enjoying showing off. Javian picked up a rock and nestled it in the sling, a smaller version of the one his father used, letting it swing gently back and forth while he looked for at target. The big Parashon tree was too far away. A chittering sound caught his attention. There by the DaWakanda’s hut a blue-faced digger was using its long clays to get into her basket of fruit.
Read It Again – 20 Stories for Children of All Ages
20 stories to enrich the lives of children. This book contains stories for both younger and older children. Always have a story to read at bedtime, whatever their age.
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The Long Blue Hall – Teresa Howard
1000 words Children 8 – 12 years
A new school can be a scary place, especially for the new girl from rural Clay County. At the end of a long blue hall freedom beckons to her. Should she make a run for it? What would you do?
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
The long blue hall stretched out before me. Doors stood open along each side, sucking unwary children into prison. Fourth and Fifth Graders jostled past me, laughing, talking, boys swapping good-natured licks and put-downs. One or two girls, their dark braids bouncing as they walked, gave me curious looks as I stood there half blocking the entrance to corridor 4. Their heads bent together to whisper and giggle. I was the new girl from Clay County. Maybe they knew that just by looking.