Not of The World By Ann Christine Tabaka

My mother and father arrived on earth shortly before I was born. Their planet was overpopulated, and the wars that ensued were destroying the land and the atmosphere. It took them close to two years to transport across the galaxy searching for a new home. Earth seemed like a likely candidate. Since they appeared humanoid, they fit right in. And with their universal translators and advanced intelligence, they learned the language quickly. They changed their names to fit into the culture. My mother Talliman became Tillie, and my father Yawen, became John.

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The Claim by Tim Law

“A candle did.”
“I am sorry Ma’am, could you please repeat that?”
“You asked me what caused the blaze that burnt down mine and my husband’s home of forty-seven and a half years. I just told you, a candle was the very thing that created such a chaotic disaster.”

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The Shape Shifter By James Bates

Not many people know this but we shape shifters don’t get to call the shots. Nope, we take what we get. Once I was tasked with being one of those Covid-19 masks. That was back at the start of the Great Pandemic eight years ago. An interesting assignment. I’m considered a very mellow dude in the shape shifting community but even I got a little perturbed when the guy who supposed to be wearing me stuck me in his pocket. Then he got sick. Man, was his wife ticked off. Then he died. She was still ticked off, but not as much. I heard she’s much happier now.

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Earth Queen by Ann Christine Tabaka

One day the Four Elements were lounging around restless and bored. After discussing the matter at great length, they decided it would be fun to create a world all their own. They were tired of existing in the nothingness of the vast and lifeless skies. There were a multitude of barren planets and blazing stars, but no lifeforms to worship and obey them.

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