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N. R. Tucker

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Chosen

This flash fiction is a small window into my new series, Finding Earth. There are no spoilers.

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“Verify your score. Elite status to the green door.” The voice over the intercom was the same computer generated voice that had droned for all three days of testing.

Bleary eyed, Tiber’s finger shook as he provided his fingerprint and retina scan as verification. ELITE flashed on his screen. Eyes wide he checked his status again and moved toward the soldiers.

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Poem of the Lesser Fae

Spoiler Alert. This conversation takes place after Deceived (Farseen Chronicles Book 1) and before Enthralled (Farseen Chronicles Book 2). This is background on some of the lesser fae.

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Sage sat in the sunroom watching Ryan and Tempe exercise their magic. Now that his new  powers had manifested Tempe had really upped his training schedule while Sage sat on the sidelines, again. This time it was because of the birthing bond. Holding a birthing bond never kept her sisters from honing their skills, but because she was young, it had been decided – for her – that she would focus only on the bond and shielding the house, if Tempe gave her that order. Seriously, she was sixteen and old enough to be holding a birthing bond. A little faith from her family would be nice.

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Better An Angry Gorkong than a Sleeping Werewolf

In the Farseen Chronicles series, the fae bards sing songs of deeds, both heroic and foolish. This is one such song and contains no spoilers. It is the story of Tempest’s first kill, when she was around ten years old. When she was a child the world was a very dangerous place and everyone learned how to defend themselves early… or they died.

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Merfolk History

This flash fiction takes place toward the end of Enthralled (Farseen Chronicles Book 2).

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“Why do some of your merfolk have legs? And why do some of those with legs have fins and others have toes?” Seven-year-old Mia looked up in surprise. She was paging through Star’s sketchbook. She loved looking at all the creatures from the Farseen. One day she would go there. She would be a great explorer and have wonderful adventures and perhaps Fae bards would write songs about her.

“You don’t know about river merfolk and sea merfolk?” Star asked in surprise.

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Blessing in Disguise

Spoiler Alert. This flash fiction takes place in the first half of Enthralled (Farseen Chronicles Book 2).

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Star looked through her folder of documents needed in the Seen. It looked a lot like a similar folder she had in the Farseen. Beings of so-called higher intelligence always had paperwork.

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Childhood Friends


Spoiler Alert. This Farseen Chronicles flash fiction takes place when Tempest was still living in the Farseen with Ridge, and Saffron was a child not yet in her teens. There are no plot spoilers in this story.

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MerNymphTwins20150823Tehuti and Kailani huddled in the relative safety of the Kaveri River near the royal residence of Lord Ellwood. His realm was the only one where those who were different could live in peace… if they could garner the good will of one of his half-breed daughters. With their patronage, safety was assured.

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Wizards and Demons

Stand alone flash fiction.

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Downing his drink, he took the book out of his breast pocket and placed it on the bar. When he tapped the bar with the empty glass, the bartender refilled the scotch without a word. He placed his hand on the book; surprised the action was comforting. He sipped this one; getting drunk would not be of value no matter how much it appealed to him.

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Embarrassed

Spoiler Alert. This flash fiction takes place before the Freed Fae War in the second half of Deceived. It’s a deleted scene from the book.

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After a hard run, the shifter cut through a gully. Tempe ran up the more stable hillside, jumped off an overhang, and beheaded him before her feet hit the ground. She stuck the landing. Breathing hard from the run, she felt, rather than saw, the first drops on her brow. Fire, not rain. She called a wall of water to absorb the fire droplets that rained down on her head. She looked around and found her new opponent, a wizard, with serious control of his powers. The fire drops landed only on her, or as was now the case, her water wall.

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Consequences

This Farseen Chronicles flash fiction takes place during the first half of Deceived. There are no plot spoilers in this story.

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“You ask him,” Lucas pushed his twin forward.

Logan twisted and pushed Lucas back, “It’s your question. You ask.”

Stretched out in the sunroom, Bryce hid his smile, but didn’t look up from the seriously disappointing book in his hands. He would welcome the interruption.

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