Enjoy this selection of free short stories by author J. J. Crown. The stories are mostly mystery and fantasy genres, styled for a young adult audience.
Rogan’s life became complicated after that damn umbrella salesman came to town. Rogan and his colleague Siq scurried along a grey brick bridge, peering over the railing at the newcomer.
“What’re we lookin’ at?” Siq asked, shielding his eyes from the rain with a cupped hand.
“Are you coming tonight?" Siq asked while scrubbing mud from his shoe, shaded by the arched bridge overhead. The tattered rag he was using was nearly as dirty as the shoe, so progress was slow.
Every person that Hoz knew had warned him not to marry Nila. Even Hoz himself, though stubbornly optimistic, was well aware of the reputation of his betrothed. But for the sake of love, he set that reputation aside and chose to love her anyway.
I hadn't seen Mr. Thacksworth since the revolution began thirty years ago. I was there when it all started too. He didn't know it, but I was right there, sitting no more than a half dozen feet away when he committed his betrayal.
In her mind, Alyce had done this a million times, but now that the moment was here, she wanted to throw up.
"I can't do this," she said, shaking out her right hand as if it were on fire. "This is real."