Today, I’ve added another short story to my free reads. Check under “Free Stories” to find it.
With the elephant breeding business in decline, the old farmer Jupita prepares herself to sell her farm and retire. However, when her nephew arranges to sell their last elephant, Norah, to traders after her hide, Jupita begins to devise a plan to save her pachyderm friend. Due to Jupita’s age and because she can’t be caught risking her family’s financial opportunities, she employs the unwitting assistance of two teenage thieves that had been making a habit of stealing from her farm, hoping that the young rogues can steal a prize as big as an elephant.
This is a nice long one as far as “short” stories go, so I’ve split it into three pages for easier reading. “Norah’s Skin” is one that I’m quite proud of–it’s a lot weaker on the fantasy themes than is typical for the genre, which is part of why I chose to self-publish it rather than try to find a professional market for it, but it’s one of the more sincere of my works. Plus, it stars two major characters from my Hellslayer series, which I have recently returned to working on, so it seemed an appropriate time to make “Norah’s Skin” publicly available. Hope you enjoy!