Flash Fiction: “The Hum of Refuge” by Anna Ilona Mussmann
On her couch in an apartment at the top of a building that used to be a lingerie factory, Skye Hindley tried to capture the soul of nature. She wrote, sketched in charcoal and once (in a black fit) crafted faerie dolls. She had not found her niche. A loser boyfriend told her that she didn’t have the artistic vision of a walrus, but that was during their break-up, after she said his novel must have been written by a drunken redneck.
Anna Ilona Mussmann loves folktales, Jane Austen, the Oxford comma, and dark chocolate. She blogs at annailonamussmann.blogspot.com.
Main Story: “Sinking Among the Lilies” by Cory Skerry
I studied the village of Keyward from the packed gravel by the water. Judging by the skulls roped to the pylons in the estuary, the people here knew how to take care of themselves. But even if there was no fight to be had, perhaps the townsfolk would be interested in the one and only book I had to sell.
I peered at one of the skulls as I passed. It had been there long enough to have lost the lower jaw and most of the teeth; mussels the size of my thumbnails had attached themselves to the sides like bristling purple sideburns.
Cory Skerry lives in a hundred-year-old house with a menagerie that includes a bonafide dragon. He spends his time painting what he shouldn’t, writing about impossible things, and metaphorically treasure hunting. When he dies, he would like science to put his brain into a giant octopus body, with which he promises to be very responsible and not even slightly shipwrecky. Pinky swear.
More of his nonsense can be found at plunderpuss.net/skerry.
About the Narrators:
Heidi Hotz is not just another voice. She’s a voiceover artists with a range of personalities that varies from mom to the business corporate, to the friendly girl next door. She has been in the industry for more than 10 years, and has worked on TV commercials, radio, documentaries, audio fiction, and narration in general.
You can find her online at LinkedIn.
Anthony Babington is a voice in the internet’s head. He looks almost, but not quite, exactly how you expect him to. He currently resides in Houston, Texas, but hastens to add that it was not his idea. He can be found on Google Plus.