Short Story: The Brightest Shade of Gray

Nancy O'Toole Meservier

My mother was the evil witch who hid in the woods. With her sweet voice, she lured children away from their homes and families. She took them into her home, and locked them in cages. She would fatten them up with sugary foods before consuming their flesh. And while she did this, she felt no regret.

Once again, I come offering some short fiction! “The Brightest Shade of Gray” is a short story inspired by fairy tales, some famous (Hansel and Gretel) while others less well known (Snow White and Rose Red). On top of being a story about good and evil, it’s also about family, and sisterhood. If that sounds the least bit interesting to you, please give it a try! Let me know how you feel when you’ve finished. It’s around 4400 words.

Note: This story was recently rejected for the Sword & Laser anthology. I noticed a…

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August 2013
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