i remember the crows went mad the moment i started dancing in the creek—the sunlight pressed down upon the gold and red in my hair and even the brown; and the rocks beneath my feet seemed to glimmer some strange jewels magical and unknown to mankind their properties or value—& i swear the fae were there, too, as i splashed around the water releasing my fear and insecurities—for the first time of my life, unafraid of falling; because if i fell it meant the water would curve around me and serve as a buffer so that the rocks didn’t break my jaw—i am glad, in the end, it didn’t come to that and i never fell; i only seemed to fly on borrowed wings as the crows circled above—dogs ran in, and suddenly i ran, too, and abandoned my beautiful creek; leaving behind the fae.
Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press – June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon – January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novels Corvids & Magic and Phoenix Tears are forthcoming.