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A Tale of Two Planets

by Esther Davis

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“Observation” by Jason Levien

“Girl, you really need to stop growing so much greenery. It only attracts more vermin, you know.”

Earth floated in silence, with more dignity than Mars ever mustered in the face of Venus’s taunts.

“How about another meteor? It took out your lizard problem. Or maybe widen your orbit a bit and freeze them. That worked for Mars.”

Mars felt his core trembling. The roots, the fishes, the pattering feet—it had felt so…alive.

Venus’s scoff still rang in his mind. Planets shouldn’t be alive.

If only he had ignored Venus. If only Mars were more like Earth.

“Earth, honey, you look horrendous. Even worse than poor Mars did. Those stone tumors can’t be healthy.”

“They’re cities!” Mars snapped before he could hold back the words.

“Cities?” Venus’s voice dropped to a venomous tone. “You let them get intelligent? You know what happens next, sweetie?” Venus asked Earth. “They fly off you and come to infect me!”

Earth continued orbiting in silence.

“I swear, the year I see vermin buzzing off of you, I’ll have Sun burn them up. Every last one.”

An infection? Mars studied Earth for a moment, letting Venus’s words weigh on his mind.

Earth caught his gaze, suspicion radiating from her globe. Mars jerked away, pretending to scrutinize his moons instead while containing his excitement.

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It’s Here!

 A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon is now available! Read 20+ science fiction, fantasy, and horror tales in Esther Davis’s new short story collection.

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B-4 Free on Amazon Kindle

Can you believe that in 8 days A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon comes out?! I might be a bit excited. (What? No, that wasn’t me that you saw shooting off fireworks and dancing on the rooftop last night…)

Anyway, as a finally countdown to A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon‘s release date, 1 of the 20 short stories–B-4–is free on Amazon Kindle this week. Make sure to download your own copy and tell your friends.

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B-4 on Amazon Kindle (free July 24th-28th)

Also, make sure to check back in tomorrow for another my July short story. You can subscribe above (below for you mobile users) or follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram.

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Two-Week Countdown

A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon releases in less than 2 weeks! I always hoped to publish a book, but never expected it to happen so soon. Thank you to my readers for all the support! I couldn’t have come this far without you.

In celebration, I’m sharing a sneak-peek at 4 of the 20 short stories in A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon. Make sure to download the two Kindle ebooks while they’re free (“Summoners” this week and “B-4” next week). If you enjoy a story, please share it with a friend and/or leave a review.

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“Summoners” (free on Kindle July 17th-21st)

 

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“B-4” (free on Kindle July 24th-28th)

 

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“Scars” (available on T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog)

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Thank you!

Four weeks from now, “A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon” releases. But if your feeling impatient, you can get a sneak peek !  “Summoners”–1 of the 20 short stories–is now on Kindle.

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I need to send a huge “Thank you!” to you, my readers. “Summoners” is my first eBook, and I couldn’t be more excited. Your support made it possible.

It would mean the world if you could post a review on Summoners. Anything helps. And if you like the story, share it with friends!

Thank you again and have a fantastic week!

Esther Davis writes family friendly science fiction and fantasy. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or subscribe to this blog. Keep an eye out for A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon, publishing August 1st.

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The Baboons of Mars

by Esther Davis

No one ever wanted to play catch on Mars.

Nine-year-old Jasper trudged across the red sandscape, grumbling under his breath about boring adults and stupid baby sisters. Dad promised a game of catch. Why’d the colony’s generators have to break down today?

Katy couldn’t play, ‘cause she wasn’t even a year old. Nibbles the Hamster couldn’t play, because he got loose and chewed through the generator’s main electrical wire. Dad said they could cremate the hamster tomorrow, after he fixed the colony’s power supply.

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Servant of the Tiger

by Esther Davis

“Can I see your scar?”

Makoto’s slender fingers brushed his palm. Outwardly, Ichirou remained calm, gaze still fixed on the white and orange coy fish drifting in the shallow pond below. But Ichirou’s breath caught in his throat. Electricity built on the flesh of his excited heart. This energy could’ve cast a dangerous spell in battle.

Ichirou turned to face her while his free hand fell in his pocket. His fingers grasped the cold ring hidden inside. “I call it a scar, but it’s a bit more than that.” Continue reading

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B-4

by Esther Davis

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The vending machine whined. Dr. Jordynn Chambers snatched the deposited vial from the rusting slot and held it up to eye level. Silky white strands floated in the ethanol. DNA.

Stickers had once labeled the machine, but they faded away long ago. The genetic code could be from any plant. Or animal or bacterium for that matter. Honestly, Jordynn was shocked that the machine even ran. It was old enough to take physical quarters, and Jordynn was old enough to still carry them. She wondered if any of the other professors knew this rusted hunk still existed. Doubtful. The storage room held centuries of discarded—excuse her, archived—student projects. They’d probably hidden her thesis design  down here too, where gathered dust for the past sixty-three years… Continue reading

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Summoners

by Esther Davis

“Go ahead. Flood the whole city over your petty grudge. You’re the Lady Monte, after all.” How Heather itched to spit that into Her Royal Plumpness’s face. Or maybe just glare. Glaring worked.

Heather handed the unconscious child to her nephew then splashed down the roadside to the next victim. She weaved through the scattered furniture and scanned the flooded street for any people they might have missed. Her knee-high boots should’ve kept the water out, but the moisture still managed to find crevices to seep though, sloshing between Heather’s toes and making them even prunier.

An Aqua Hound stood on the flood’s surface, sniffing at the hair plastered to a servant’s face. Heather squinted at the hound. All the other water Elementals had Melted. Was Lady Monte still around, or did her spell just need a few more minutes to wear off?

Heather fished a pebble from the flooded street and chucked it at the hound. The stone passed through its midsection. A few drops fell from the aqueous body, but most of the liquid kept its shape. The hound glanced up and barked—a bark that sounded more like a crashing waterfall. Continue reading

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When The Gardener Sings

by Esther Davis

I taste the world. Bitter chemicals my neighbors sweat. The sweet nutrients my buried tendrils grasp. Refreshing water drawn through my roots. I feel the breeze ruffling my petals, the rain as it runs down my stem. I sense the sunlight tickling my leaves. Sense, but not see. I only see when the gardener sings.

His shadow interrupts the sunlight’s tickling, and cool liquid embraces my roots. It comes first as a low hum that vibrates my fibers. Then the hum becomes more.

I hear through the gardener’s ears and see through his eyes. A bed of swaying tulips rained on by a can, and a song. A song full of memories. Old. Ancient. He doesn’t know where the song began, only that his great-grandmother learned it from hers… Continue reading

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