The Dilettante and Leonard, by Desmond Warzel

SFReader 2015 Story Contest First Place Winner Desmond Warzel is the author of a few dozen short stories in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.  A full bibliography can be found at the Jobless Insomniacs Motorcycle Club, a blog that he updates about once per epoch.  Apart from this here yarn, …

Flame, by Desmond Warzel

SFReader 2013 Story Contest First Place Winner People entertain certain expectations of female wizards. For one, we’re supposed to live either in a solitary hut atop a bald hill (and so always in view of the townspeople, to inspire continual gossip about us and those who seek our counsel), or in …