Short Fiction by Robin Lythgoe
Here you will find a list of short stories I’ve written and posted on my blog.
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A short tale about dealing with writer’s block.
The old adage that one can never go home is both the truth and a lie. When the desert no longer protects all a traitor holds dear, can he stop the poison of Shaddar’s corpse from spreading?
A dream walker hunts a child thief, determined to protect her own child as well as others from a terrible fate. Cornering him in a burning village, she comes face to face with an unexpected demon…
In a world bulldozed and strip-mined for its tangible riches, magic has gone out of fashion. A displaced fairy falls in with a gang destined for the workhouse or the prison pits for their thievery and mean pranks—unless she can show them a new direction.
Order reigned because order was safe. Chaos had been captured and locked away for good. The Keepers made sure of that. In the eyes of the Master Keeper, giving the Great Key to a woman would guarantee the destruction of the world, yet his only heir gave him no choice: she was a woman. Some things are meant to be destroyed…
The Royal Companion to the prince was chosen on account of his virtual nothingness and possible usefulness. Then things went south in a hurry: People dying, a wedding of convenience, an army invading— And the companion left holding the sword…
A crack thief sets out to steal a valuable trinket. When a rival gets to the scene first, he risks losing the trophy and getting caught—or can he still pull off the heist?
She was just a simple traveling merchant—until she was mistaken twice in one day for someone’s wife. Suddenly, she’s dragon bait.
Archie Cumming tries to watch out for his eccentric friend. Tavish can hike a long way over the moors in his “fairy slippers”—outlandish boots given to the old man as a cruel joke. When Tavish finds a sign from his love, his fairy, he insists on waiting for her. Will the freezing night give him what he yearns for?
Chasca, young cat in service to the royals, longs to be a hero. When the princess loses something precious, Chasca must face the dark legend of Old Owl—and discover something important about herself.
She was just a wizard’s apprentice with a crush on the duke’s son, duty-bound to keep saving him from his own experiments. Then he let the pixies loose. Again…
A stranger in a strange land, Sherakai’s only friend has been poisoned. Short on time and long on obstacles, can he help Sorin before it’s too late?
The emperor wants the rare and magical golden fish. For dinner. Mashika isn’t about to let that happen, but when she sets out to rescue them, they end up saving her. And she will never be the same again…