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The Magpie & The Rat

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This is the story of a magpie, a rat and a very old man. It is about their friendship and the adventures they share as they battle the forces of evil on their journey to fulfill the old man’s wish to die in his homeland.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

The Captain climbed the steep path from the seaside village to the cave. Being high in the mountains it was often shrouded in mist. From his sixth birthday, the day his mother died, he had made this daily trek to visit his reclusive father, who refused to...

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Chapter 6
Chapter 6

Together, they floated inside the cloud until they arrived at a small Island with trees, low hills, and cultivation. There were houses scattered around the shore line and into the hills. The cloud wished them well and told Atrollis that it would be ready...

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Chapter 5
Chapter 5

The next morning the crew silently filed into breakfast. They were covered in thick fur including their faces. Each had a straw shaped mouth protruding beyond the fur which they used to suck in the liquid breakfast the old man and the magpie had prepared,...

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Chapter 4
Chapter 4

The Captain had developed a psychic bond with the old man. It started when they were discussing what would happen to the damaged sailors, and the two who were missing. The Captain was sure they met their death when they dived into the ocean to fight the...

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Chapter 3
Chapter 3

Determined to challenge the old man, the Captain approached the galley, mindful of his contract to take him and his cargo to Biddlecup. With the omen from the ravens now past, and indeed the ravens no more, his crew returned, if somewhat the worse for...

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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

The Captain woke to a windless day, not even a ripple on the surface, yet the ship was sailing at eight knots. He went to the mess deck. He took his meals with the crew except in the evenings, when he ate in his cabin. The old man was in the galley,...

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A Yellow Rose

A Yellow Rose

The Temptation Well into Autumn, there was a single, beautifully constructed yellow rose, unblemished, growing close to the edge of the garden and within easy reach of people walking the footpath. Looking carefully both ways, she, without a glance at her...

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A Disturbing Mood

A Disturbing Mood

The punishment for lying There is a disturbing mood in Australia, and maybe elsewhere, that lying is OK. It can be given a multitude of names such as cheating, deceiving, obfuscation, often parried by comments such as ‘I wasn’t aware, or ‘really’ with...

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