Cozy Flash: “Iai, Iai, Mele (Listen, Listen, Child)”

Grandmother sits on the floor of her ruined house wearing only her nightshirt when I find her the morning after the shockstorm. It has taken me half the night to climb to the little village at the edge of the cold, clear mountain lake, where a handful of elderly villagers stubbornly cling to their traditional … More Cozy Flash: “Iai, Iai, Mele (Listen, Listen, Child)”

Cozy Flash: “The Wood-Folk Do Not Want to Marry You”

We had barely started our evening song when the young woman wandered into our clearing. “You have got to be kidding me.” Elondriel lowered their flute. “That’s the third time this moon.”There were twigs in the woman’s hair. Her arms were laced with scratches where she’d pushed through the brambles. I sighed. I’d grown those … More Cozy Flash: “The Wood-Folk Do Not Want to Marry You”

Cozy Flash: “The Skycalled Will Save the World”

When you’re the world’s greatest warrior, the prophesized destroyer of evil, the greatest and most noble hero in living memory, you get used to a certain sort of reception. Even in nameless taverns in the smallest villages, people sang songs in my honor and bought me drinks. And here in Tarren’s Rift, where all my … More Cozy Flash: “The Skycalled Will Save the World”