When pressure rose for Princess Lin to get married, she convinced her uncle, the King, to let her partner be someone who was at least as smart as she was. Therefore it was decided that she would marry the first man or woman to defeat her father in a chess match. Soon after that she met a wanderer with a remarkable disdain for royalty...
Dolores Esteban, in Winter - Desperate Ends. 12/07/2012 (Updated: 12/07/2012)
I don’t know exactly how she found out about my secret. What the hell was I supposed to do? Murder was not an option. Or rather it would have been my last resort. I felt the need to confide my predicament in Jayden. He came up with a plan that surprised me.
Bill W, in Winter - Desperate Ends. 12/05/2012 (Updated: 12/05/2012)
Devin Whitlock just got back from an 11-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and is leaving his base in Upstate NY to visit his parents, who live outside of Atlanta. Shortly after he enters GA his car breaks down and a pickup stops to help, but it’s not exactly the sort of help he needs. How will this turn out?
This story is part of the 2012 Winter Anthology - Desperate Ends.