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The age of elves is long gone, the dense forests of my people are no more. For millenia we've d...

It was technology that ravaged our world. Humans desire for more, for growth, was insatiable. Even when it was clear that they could not sustain their standard of living on this world they persisted.

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If you love them, set them free.

The Gaikokujin that now fill these hills have a saying that they seem to think will bring comfort to my troubled soul. 'If you love something set it free. If it comes back it's yours. If not, it was n...

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An engineering prodigy moves into a new home with his newest robot. One day, his inactive robot walk...

I looked at the robot, open-mouthed. It didn't even have a working speaker system. There should be no way it could even make a noise. "Alright", I said walking around the unit as I regathered myself...

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...and do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?” “I do,” he whispered quietly to hims...

She wore flowers in her hair. Simple sprigs that were barely noticeable as part of the impressive up-do. I knew they were there, and why. So did the man standing waiting for her at the front of the ch...

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After a genie serves 1000 masters and gives 3000 successful wishes, they are visited by the master g...

"CONGRATULATIONS", boomed the voice. I wonder if I sounded like that to my masters down the years. Probably more shocking I hoped. In most cases, people were not expecting to meet a genie and get 3 wi...

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Your Guardian Demon appears in a coffee shop.

"You don't look like a demon", I said. Because she didn't. She looked vaguely familiar. Like a girlfriend of an acquaintance, or one of my wife's social media circle. I had a vague feeling I was being...

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As an eldritch abomination, being summoned is a real pain as you have much better things to do. Howe...

I felt the tell-tale tickle of an attempted invocation just as I was sitting down to a nice plate of scrambled souls. "Oh, you better mess this up", I muttered to no-one in particular.

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