Two short fantasy stories for the price of one.
Ten Cent Wings:
Doug "Tank" Sherman is a down-and-out boxer in the U.S. Midwest, circa 1950. Drifting from tank town to tank town, he travels with his manager, hoping to finally Make It Big.
Battered in his last fight, he decides to try his luck one more time, by calling out to his "friend," an unnamed angel. The angel fixes his broken body. But this angel extracts a price, a monetary price, for Tank to keep his healed body.
The price? Ten cents. One thin dime.
Tank is broke. Can he cough up the money in time?
Domnicca is a faerie, spending carefree time in The Glade, a world hidden from humans. But when she finds out she was born on the wrong side of the hill and no one is truly her friend, she takes off for the unprotected, human world.
Larry Bigelow is a veteran of World War II, and can't find a job in late 1940s America. Stuck in a small town, he waits outside an employment office, hoping, praying they can find him something. Because Larry has just the suit on his back to carry him to a job.
Enter Domnicca. The only way she can live (and feed her cigarette habit)is find a sucker who'll fall for any line and finagle money out of him.
In The Glade, she was sworn to help any human who stumbled in.
But outside The Glade, all bets are off.
- March Winds Publishing, August 2011
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