A Muse for Elise – Tia Reed
5500 words Fantasy
A pianist eternally repeating the first bars of Für Elise. A dancer trapped in the first steps of a solo. And now a singer bound to repeat the first two lines of Greensleeves. It’s not medicine Dr William Oakes must employ to set these lost souls free.
Doctor William Oakes set his black bag down on the front step of the brick mansion. Ignoring the scruffy boy sitting against the wall, he took a deep breath and gave the frosty lion-headed knocker three sharp raps. The lad jumped up at the sound, the furrows in his brow deepening. “Ain’t no one answering,” he said, battered cap clutched tight in calloused hands. The flush in his hollow cheeks suggested he had been huddling against the wind for the best part of the day. William pulled a few pennies from the threadbare pocket of his tweed suit.
Algol Rising – Tia Reed
7500 words Horror / Fantasy
Jake Granit is taking a leave of absence to look after his orphaned niece. It’s more challenge than he needs while suffering from PTSD. So protecting his loved ones from marauding ghouls just might tip him over the edge.
Jake eased the battered Ford onto the overgrown verge, turned the key halfway and looked at Emily. She had her knees tucked into her black dress, the heels of her shiny black shoes on the worn, chip-stained seat. She was staring straight ahead at the wrought iron gates, not crying any more though the tear tracks down her baby cheeks rivalled tank tracks. “Emily, we’re here.” Her lip quivered as the radio news wrapped up the diamond robbery story to drone on about some inconsequential house fire which had left everyone halfway to all right in that family. She made no effort to unbuckle the seatbelt. Jake grasped his dog tags but they were fresh out of Dutch courage.