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The Seven7h Magpie

   (2 reviews)
Genres: Horror
Sub-genres: Horror - Modern

One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy.

Five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.

I am sure many of you, like me, learned this children's nursery rhyme about magpies. According to an old superstition, the number of magpies seen predicts whether you will have good or bad luck. Something I came across subsequently, was the existence of many variations on this rhyme, some more sinister than the children’s version.

One of those is incorporated into this short story about boyhood abuse.

WARNING: Sensitive content. Although not described in any graphic detail, a section in this short story alludes to the abuse of a minor. 

Copyright © 2020 lomax61; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 0
  • Addictive/Pacing 0
  • Characters 2
  • Chills 1
  • Cliffhanger 0
  • Compelling 1
  • Feel-Good 0
  • Humor 0
  • Smoldering 0
  • Tearjerker 0
  • Unique 2
  • World Building 0

  • Like 6
  • Love 1
  • Wow 2
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· Edited by 84Mags

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

I realized that my initial review for this story never posted. It would be a disservice to the author and this evocative tale to not correct that error. My comments after the story really say it all; this is a hauntingly wonderful read that is imaginative, clever and a bit distressing. It is beautifully written and deserves a read, even if this isn't your usual genre. 

Response from the author:

Thank you @84Mags, I’d almost forgotten about this short story posted as a part of the GA Anthology until I was notified about your review. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’ll need to get something ready for the next anthology.

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   1 of 3 members found this review helpful 1 / 3 members

I would have rated it higher but I really am not a fan of these kinds of stories. I will read more of your stories though when I get a chance!

Response from the author:

Thank you.

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