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August's Challenge Entry 9 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
When my grandmother was a little girl, there were fairies in the gardens: flower fairies, tree elves and nature sprites. If you were lucky, you could find naiads in the streams. I daresay you might still find dryads and naiads if you go far enough out of the city, but we've seen the last of the apricot fairy and the rose elf. There are apartments where the gardens were. The fairies have gone.
They haven't gone as far as you think. There's an electricity elf who lives in the wires. He's tall and thin you might say emaciated or anorexic, but how else would he flow through the tubes? He's quicker than greased lightning: he has to be if he's going to keep up with the current. He's much faster than your eyes can see. Most of the time you
August's Challenge Entry 3Ilana in between
Version inspired by Benbulbin
We were three sisters, and I was Ilana, the most beautiful, or so they said, the young men in Grange. We used to haunt the whereabouts of the mountain and we named this wild berries search. And then, after a while, my heart grew each day heavier and a sick, at first slight torment took hold of me; I longed for something and couldnt tell what it was; and I was more ravished each day.
One day my sisters left me far behind and I got lost. I thought they would come back in the end and so I paused and sat down on a pile of branches, waiting for them.
The less you come here, the better. A young man here wants to take you away.
My sisters decided I should stay more with mother and never leave with them again. If they had been able to, they wouldve confined me and hidden me from the whole world. Each day I grew more and more wretched and wept the nights away. One afternoon I was home with my mother an
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