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The Wizards in Peril
by K.R. Morrison
Use what’s around you to survive.
How many times had Dot heard or read those words in her computer games? Now she was faced with a real need to survive in a strange new world.
True, the little folk had been euphoric when her house had landed on old what’s-her-face. But beyond that, they were really quite useless. All they did was point her down some dumb road. Well, she’d seen it all before.
That straw dude—he was fun for a bit, but he was more useful as fire-starter, once she’d taught those apple trees a lesson or two. She still carried some of that straw, in case she needed it against another cold night. His screams for mercy as she ignited his head—what a wonderful lullaby to help her to dreamland!
The guy made of metal—he was a little harder to figure out. She’d used her “defenseless little girl” act, and he’d eaten it up completely. He was now a weapon hidden inside her little white farmer-girl apron—just let anyone try to harm her! Impressive what some rag-wrapped straw, a bit of oil, and a cylinder of tin could do.
Now, that lion—he was a bit tough when it came to dinnertime. Kinda stringy. But the strangled cries as she’d gutted him with a shard of tin—that more than made up for the meager dinner she and her dog had shared. And the lion pelt served well as a blanket on these cold nights.
All along the way, she had been plagued by some witch woman and her band of flying whatzits, but so far, she had been able to steer clear of them. Her fangs were longer than theirs, it turned out. They had run screaming for home when they’d encountered her.
Well, some of them, anyway…they made for a yummy snack, the ones who didn’t get away.
So here she was in a field of poppies. She had to laugh—did that idiot witch think she was born yesterday?
On with the tin gas mask, and she sailed right through those flowers, dragging a comatose dog behind her.
That wizard had no idea what was heading toward his city…
Fiction © Copyright K.R. Morrison
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Author K.R. Morrison:
Lydia’s faith in God is strong – at least on paper. But what happens when that faith is tested? Turned into a vampire by the worst – Vlad Drakul – she feels that God has abandoned her. But the opposite is true. God rescues her from a fate worse than death, and brings her into the plan He has for global redemption. With the help He sends, she feels like nothing can stop her. But when Vlad torments her again, and then her family, the temptation to run and hide is almost too strong to resist. Her answer to God’s call is the deciding factor in the battle that pits the angelic powers of God against the demonic powers of Hell.