Fungal Halo

Site Theme

Stories Page 2

2022-12-11

The New Me

774 words (4 minutes)

The water churns with the thrashing bodies of countless swimming parasites. It’s hard to get a good look at them like this. All I can pick out is a handful of individual details—tendrils, rows of tiny teeth, beady eyes. I have to put my arm in there and let one choose me.

2022-12-06

Once A Hero

2690 words (13 minutes)

The knight was a hero once. The princess called her that, at least, before sending her on this quest.

2022-12-02

A Little Loss Of Control

710 words (4 minutes)

She tells me that she needs to watch herself, that she has a bad habit of pushing boundaries, especially when she’s been drinking.

I smile. I tell her how her self-awareness is reassuring, how safe she makes me feel.

I keep topping off her glass.

2022-11-30

The Truce

250 words (1 minute)

An insectoid hive queen’s drones have been locked in a century-long war with a witch and her dolls. Today, witch and queen finally meet face-to-face to discuss the terms of a truce.

2022-11-12

Do It For Her

1135 words (6 minutes)

“We all miss Reisa,” my friend told me. “And we all want to see that bastard pay, believe me, but this is too much.”

2022-11-09

Respawn

137 words (1 minute)

“Go ahead and kill me, you monster” the combat doll says, straining in futility against its restraints. It sneers. “I’ll be back before you know it, wearing a shiny new body, ready for round 2.”

The witch replies with a malicious chuckle. “Oh, we’re well past round 2, dear.”

2022-11-08

Trusting Violation

796 words (4 minutes)

The edibles came on stronger than I thought, but it felt nice to just let myself lean on my friend’s shoulder and melt into the couch.

2022-10-31

You Belong Together

622 words (3 minutes)

The way it usually goes is this: you take your vitamins, you draw the door on glass, you speak your goodbyes, and then you slip through to the other side.

Then your life is hers to play with for a while, and oh, how her pleasure makes you smile!

2022-10-30

Return Of The Sorceress

862 words (4 minutes)

A coven must guard itself against the interloper that brings infectious false magic into its midst.

When it adopts a young thing that appears to have the gift, it is a kindness. When it later dumps the same girl into a pit to rot, that is also a mercy.

2022-10-30

An Expensive Mining Incident

1039 words (5 minutes)

That the planet was haunted would never deter the executives running the galaxy’s biggest mining corporation, of course. They weren’t the ones who’d have to go near it.

No, they just send their most disposable employees there. Us.

2022-10-30

Let's Play

87 words

It’s an invitation, don’t you see? I just think you’d like it here.

My fingers dance along the ground, just on the other side from you, the boundary between earth and sky just another surface for me to skate along.

2022-10-29

Cultural Heritage

511 words (3 minutes)

It’s just folklore.

You try to learn it anyway, even if it doesn’t make much sense. After all, you’re traveling to visit the land of your ancestors, trying to connect with some kind of heritage, and what’s the use if you don’t put the effort into it?

2022-10-29

Reverse Engineering

1524 words (8 minutes)

The thing about being in a hacker collective is that a lot of us get really competitive, but we still cooperate to elevate the whole group, you know?

It’s in the spirit of both sides of that dichotomy that I’ve decided to try to crack one of those DroneCorp units open.

2022-10-27

Lost Goddess

468 words (2 minutes)

The temple of Lunera is overtaxed. Its resources—and priestesses—have been stretched to their limits caring for the crowd of villagers who lost homes, livelihoods, friends, and family.

Making things worse, our goddess has gone silent, our prayers left unanswered.

2022-10-27

The Worst Demon

700 words (4 minutes)

The door’s long, slow creak echoes through the large chamber filled with arcane relics, humming catalysts, and piles of recently consulted tomes.

In the center, a very bored demon perks her ears up and casts a curious glance toward her visitor.

2022-10-27

Dreams So Real

350 words (2 minutes)

The cameras watch her undress. They watch her brush her hair. They watch the rest of her awkward pantomime of her nightly routine.

It’s a dance that she knows all the steps to, but there is, in her body language, some visible uncertainty about performing for an audience.

2022-10-25

The Huntress

141 words (1 minute)

Limiting the use of her senses to sight alone makes this hunt somewhat more difficult than most, but never let it be said that the Goddess of the Hunt balks from a challenge.

Her prey this time is silent. Practically motionless. Blends in with the surrounding scents.

2022-10-25

The Fated Trio

696 words (3 minutes)

There is always a Dark Monarch. There is always a Princess in Gold. There is always a Hero and always a conflict between light and shadow.

In defeat, in victory, in death—whatever the outcome—the cycle begins again with the coming of a new age.

But this cycle is different.

2022-10-25

No Survivors

676 words (3 minutes)

It was one of the most awful kinds of disasters, the doll thinks to itself. The kind of shipwreck that leaves no survivors and very little intact property like itself.

Tragic! How long before the families of the dead realize that their loved ones won’t be coming home?

2022-10-24

A Forest's Welcome

644 words (3 minutes)

One last step, and the broken creature who was once a demon arrives at their destination.

It must be so much easier, they think, for an angel to simply fall. A demon’s slow trudge upward from the Infernal Demesnes is a rather more manual process.