Sad Shisha #SampleSunday

Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories in LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL. This one isn’t a funny one. To read excerpts from all the stories in the collection, visit the Lonnie, Me and the Hound of Hell excerpt page.

Sad Shisha

excerpt from “Balance of Power”
by Marian Allen

“She’s a Creature.” Toby folded his more than six feet of tight muscle into a benign squat by her side.

“Poor thing.” Gwenna touched her again, with a gentleness the Creature had never known.

Shisha glistened in the dappled light of the woods, her silvery scales slightly iridescent even where the water had dried from them. Her cheeks showed a rosy tinge, as did her short hair, which stuck out in spikes. She had no breasts, no apparent sexual characteristics, but the roundness of her limbs and a slightly feminine shape to her body marked her as having been formed from a female of her species. She had no navel, no eyebrows, no nails on fingers or toes. She gazed from Toby to Gwenna and back, round grey eyes blinking with rosy lids, thin rosy lips parted to show two rows of tiny needle teeth.

“Fish.” Toby flicked a black-nailed finger toward the sides of Shisha’s neck. “Gills, you see?”

The Creature made a sound blended of hiss and click. Freshwater tears ran down the sides of her face, past her undersized ears.



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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Sad Shisha #SampleSunday

  1. Jane

    April 26, 2015 at 10:07am

    Remember the Heinlein short story, Joe Was a Man.
    I may have paraphrased that title.

    It’s about an elevated chimp who was being threatened with elimination.
    I believe they were mostly considered smarter pets, or handi-chimps.
    Anyway, when Joe got up to testify, his lawyer told him to sing his song. He sang Ole Man Ribber, or something like that, and the verdict was unanimous: Joe was a man.

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