The Antique Toy

I. The Brother The place was bright, well-lit by banks of windows that let in the afternoon sun. The shopkeeper, a stout, dark-skinned man with graying hair, greeted me from his place behind the counter, barely glancing up at me as I began perusing the tables and shelves piled high with artifacts from bygone decades. […]

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The Room with the Dolls

“Let’s play hide-and-seek.” “Okay.” “Rules: you can hide anywhere in the house—” “But not Grandma’s old room.” “Why not?” “Because…well…there aren’t any good spots in there anyway.” “Fine…Not It!” Much of my childhood memories have been forgotten, gradually replaced by the more demanding worries of adult life, but I’ll always remember that weekend sleepover at […]

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The Noctrium