by Marguerite Mullaney
Anne smoothed the wrinkles in her daughter’s new blue back-to-school dress. The dress still carried that fresh, store bought smell. It made a soft, crushing sound with each pass of Anne’s hand.
“This fits just perfectly,” she hummed.
Anne loosened the jewel neck collar so it would not pinch too close. The raglan sleeves ran gently downward from the neckline. It was a perfect fit.
Because the dress was quite expensive, it took many months to save for it. Scrimped money had been hidden in the old flour jar. Like all mothers, Anne wanted the best for her daughter. She would start her little girl off on the right foot with this prized dress for the first day of school. Anne fluffed the stiff, white petticoats that crept out from beneath the blue dress line at the knee.
“Anne, it’s time to go,” mumbled her husband.
She nodded, then paused to make one final correction. Reaching down, Anne straightened the cuff around her dead daughter’s cold wrist.
Originally published by Gotta Write, A Maren Publication, Winter 1989
by Marguerite Mullaney
The lights in the store were flickering. Mutsu ran towards Misaki to guard her back. The Goblins had retreated to the far end of the store near the stock room to regroup. Mutsu could feel the swirl of energies around her colliding as the drinks in the wall chillers started exploding. Something was definitely wrong. She shouted a warning to Misaki but her voice was lost in the static. A doorway was opening and through it, Mutsu saw a horrific vision of a tentacle entity with a dog’s head and a fish tail. It beckoned to her across the chasm. Her mind burnt white as it rapidly filled with a mad alien chattering, and Mutsu lashed out with a blood-curdling scream.
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It was already late when Devyn arrived at the motel. The room smelled like her childhood memories. The rancid stink of sweat and despair overlaid with cigarette smoke and stale beer. It was small and dirty, but it was cheap. She needed it to be cheap. She only had a few dollars left in her pocket after the ride in from the airport. More importantly, she needed things to be the way they used to be before she met O’Grady. She needed to put the life she left behind in Boston away.
Her bank account held enough for her to leave New Orleans and start again somewhere else once she finished what she came to do. She could probably get another few hundred more by having O’Grady sell her clothes, but that would mean speaking to the doctor again. Devyn didn’t want to do that. She could live without the money to forget about Boston.
“A clean break is best. I can’t get them involved in this. It would be too difficult to explain. I owe them at least this much.” Devyn muttered before her eyes drifted closed.