The Blacksmith

By Patrick W. Kavanagh Word Count: 403 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: The story of the blacksmith who forged Excalibur. The hammer strikes the fiery steel, The sparks, like fireflies, dance and wheel, The anvil rings out like a bell, A slow, relentless, steady beat, And in the gloom, the blazing furnace fiercely […]

Swan and Dragon

By Avellina Balestri (alias Rosaria Marie) Word Count: 112 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: A poem about a mythical shape-shifter, who appears as a swan and a dragon, courtly lady and warrior queen. Swan and dragon Water and flame Grace and fierceness Fair yet untamed Wings like the snow Breath like the sun […]

Overtaken: A Poem Inspired by “Till We Have Faces”

By Dee Bran Word Count: 282 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary:  A poem from the perspective of Queen Oural. Author’s Note: This poem was inspired by the inner struggles Orual faced in “Till We Have Faces” and some struggles we all seem to have. Although Orual suffered and did not live a “happy” […]

The Gypsy Woman

She looked as dusty as the road I walked that autumn day.
“Come rest here by this shady bridge, young sir, and share a pipe.
My pouch is all but bare, but I have music to delight you in return.
I see that you have far to go, but yet your fair, fresh skin begins to burn.
So, rest a while and I shall play a mellow tune,
And we can journey on beneath the blessing of the harvest moon.”

The Pomegranate and the Lioness: A Crossover Story

By Amanda Pizzalatto (alias Aurora Mandeville) Word Count: 4922 Rating: PG (some violence) Summary: A crossover featuring Nico Di Angelo and Lucy Pevensie A long, long time ago; back when Narnia was enjoying its golden days, when demigods and mortals lived side by side, there lived a very special family called the Pevensies. Aslan named […]

The Ravens

By Amanda Pizzolatto (alias Aurora Mandeville) Word count: 753 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: A new fairy tale in the style of the old ones   Once upon a time, in a far away land, lived a king without any children. Desperate for an heir, he chose the sons of two of his […]

The Hunt

Very occasionally a cursing warrior would be sent tumbling down the hill, their passage marked by the crashing of crushed stems and a cloud of snow dust. For the most part, however, the agile cat-men proceeded at a good pace.

The Pomegranate: An Original Fairy Tale

By Amanda Pizzolatto (alias Aurora Mandeville) Word Count: 652 Rating: G (suitable for all audiences) Summary: An original fairy tale in the mold of Andersen and Le Prince de Beaumont. Once upon a time, in a faraway land, lived a sickly king and his three children. Sensing that his days were coming to an end, […]

Beauty and the Beast 2017

Blood and Roses: A Beauty and the Beast Serial – Epilogue: Show of Petals

By Avellina Balestri (alias Rosaria Marie) Word Count: 8,866 Rating: PG-13 for blood/violence, topics involving sexual identity, and intense thematic elements Summary: What if Gaston survived his fall? What if both Belle and Beast had been mortally wounded? What was Lefou’s part in it all? The candles flickered in the silence of the halls, yet their […]

Beauty and the Beast 2017

Blood and Roses: A Beauty and the Beast Serial – Chapter 3: LeFou’s Story

By Avellina Balestri (alias Rosaria Marie) Word Count: 8,866 Rating: PG-13 for blood/violence, topics involving sexual identity, and intense thematic elements Summary: What if Gaston survived his fall? What if both Belle and Beast had been mortally wounded? What was Lefou’s part in it all? Pierre LeFou had always been a shy boy, the most timid […]