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“We don’t enjoy being summoned by your kind Grail.” Pulling herself from the mist Merida pressed her fingers to the rickety table-top of the patio furniture and leaned in. “We are not your servants,” she warned.

Grail lowered his morning coffee and pushed it away. It had turned cold the moment the mist crept into his garden. “Why do they always send you,” he frowned. “Is there no one else?”

“No one at all,” said Merida, scowling impatiently. “ The council is less than forgiving when it comes to your crimes.”

“A miscalculation on my part,” shrugged Grail. “Something I intend to remedy very shortly.”

“Oh really?”

“Yes, really.”

There was a moment of silence between them.

“So,” said Merida. “What do you want?”



“Yes,” said Grail. “The Mist Books.”

Shock flickered across her features.

“Not a chance,”


“I said no. We’re done Grail. For good.”


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Very intriguing opening. I found myself immediately drawn into the narrative and at the end it left me curious to find out how the story develops beyond this piece. I also found the language effective.

    • Thank you very much, I might end up working these characters into one of my novels in the end, I’m rather fond myself of how this turned out.

  2. I would love to see this worked into a longer piece. It certainly has that snapshot feel of a much, MUCH larger story. Great entry!

    • Thank you very much. Due to current writing commitments it’s unlikely that I’ll expand this any time some, but maybe one day. I’m glad you enjoyed it though.

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