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Flash Fiction

This section will be updated regularly as part of  #fridayflash on Twitter.  These stories are all part of a fantasy web serial, Nox and Grimm.

1: Enter The Grimm

2: Home Sweet Home

3: A Sticky Situation

4: A Winters Tale

5: Family Ties

6: Automaton

7: Shall We Dance?

8: Three is a Crowd

9: Smash and Grab

10: Blood Curse

11: No Mercy

12: First Snow (holiday special)

13: Humbug (holiday special)

14: The Binding

15: Night Raid

16: The Stand-off

17: Ancient History

18: Coffee Break

19: Auramancer

20: Fire and Ice

21: Crossed Swords

22: The Long Road

23: An Open Book

24: Mind Games

25: A Thousand Voices

26: Storm Winds

27: Heart and Soul

28: Into the Wild

29: Nightfall

30: Dancing in the Dark

31: Spy Games

32: Mother’s Day (holiday special)

33: Somnolance

34: Jail Break

35: Revelations

36: Broken Wings

37: Breaking Point

38: Dragonfire, Part 1

39: Dragonfire, Part 2

40: Under Siege

41: Letters Home

42: The Key

43: Three Elements

44: Lucien and Serenna

45: The Science in the Sorcery

46: Raise the Dead, Part 1 (Mini-series for 2010 WeSeWriMo Challenge)

47: Raise the Dead, Part 2

48: Raise the Dead, Part 3

49: Raise the Dead, Part 4

50: Raise the Dead, Part 5

51: Going Home

52: Love and Lies

53: Split Decision

54: Call to Arms

55: Duty Before Self

56: Winds of War

57: On Borrowed Wings

58: What Goes Up

59: Ten Years Before – Writing challenge at Epiguide Forums

60: Sirocco

61: Hammerfall

62: Firethorn

63: The Killing Seed

64: Judge and Jury

65: A Solstice Gift (holiday special)

66: Borrowed Time

67: 12 Hours (a twelve part micro-fic mini-series)

68: Technomancy (conclusion to mini-series)

69: The Best Defense

70: No Rest for the Weary

71: Winds of Change

72: Combat Couture

73: Say My Name

74: Inner Demons

75: Spring Faire (one-shot on amwriting.org)

76: High Note

77: Sisterhood

78: Memento Mori

79: A Chip Off the Old Block

80: Sow the Wind

81: Hel’s Own Hound

82: River Run

83: Take No Prisoners

84: Rescue Me

85: Better Off Dead

86: Shades of the Past

87: Love Lies Bleeding

88: Me and My Shadow

89: A Rose on the Grave

90: Get Smart – a one-shot on amwriting.org

91: Venus and Mars

92: Mirror, Mirror

93: Friendly Fire

94: Only Human

95: Ghosts of Winters Past – Annual Holiday Special

96: A Game of Chess, Part 1 – Two Knights Defense

97: A Game of Chess, Part 2 – Queen’s Gambit

98: A Game of Chess, Part 3 – A King in Check

99: A Game of Chess, Part 4 – Castle the King

100: A Game of Chess – Endgame  (Short story event!)
Page 2 – Page 3 – Page 4 – Page 5 – Page 6 – Page 7 – Checkmate #1 Checkmate #2

101: Aftermath

102: One Vision

103: Heart of Stone

104: Hidden Dragon

105: One Step Forward

106: Sons of Earth

107: Retribution

108: Earthbound

109: Political Games

110: Trading Spaces

111: Foxy Lady

112: If It’s Not Baroque

113: Friend or Foe

114: The Devil Inside

115: Knight Wind

116: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

117:  A Changed Man

118: A Convocation of Elements – Part 1

119: A Convocation of Elements – Part 2

The real history behind the Church Grim

Yes, they do exist! Or at least, they do in folklore. In pre-christian times it was believed that the first person buried at a gravesite would be bound to guard that place for all eternity. There were many stories about them in celtic and scandinavian countries – from dangerous ghosts living in burial mounds to wise spirits that would give advice to those that sought them out.    Later, as christianity took hold the church didn’t want it’s members to be bound to earth and denied heaven. So the first thing buried in a churchyard would be a dog. This gave rise to the stories of black, spectral hounds that would guard the church from evil.  Powerful, sad, and sometimes a little sinister, grims have haunted graveyards for over 2000 years.

You can read more here: Wikipedia entry on the Church Grim

And here: Wikipedia entry on the Black Ghost Dogs

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