The Dreamer, A Short Story
Jazz music, night clubs, and slinky dresses—Olivia wants it all. As a teenage orphan in 1920’s Manhattan, she knows how to dream big. Life on the streets is easy to gloss over with stars in her eyes and Charlie, the orphan gang’s leader, by her side.
But when Charlie leaves to pursue his own dreams, Olivia is in danger of losing herself forever in her fabricated fantasies. Pulled from her imaginary world by a locket, Olivia will soon come to realize big changes come in small packages. Her strength of character will be put to the test as everything she’s ever wished for is suddenly within grasp.
Read ‘The Dreamer‘ as part of ‘The Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology’, written in conjunction with the talented authors of Patchwork Press.
In a dusty, dilapidated stall tucked away in an alcove of a bustling Bazaar in India, a man with a rickety spine and a spindly beard bends over his work bench, forging a locket with accidental magic. There’s power in a wish, and there’s nothing he wants more than for his children to return home. The locket was intricately crafters, adorned with one dragonfly for each of his children-and the power to find them.
With the guidance of fate, the locket skips through time and journeys across oceans, traveling from person to person in a constant search for the souls whispered into its vessel. Centuries after the magical old man in the Bazaar became near-forgotten myth and whispered legend, the locket has fallen into the hands of those with echoes of the six dragonflies: the seeker, the empath, the dreamer, the confidant, the adventurer, and the dancer.
In the hands of its new owners, the power of the locket adapts, bending and remaking itself to answer need. While the locket never found the children of Lahari, it found the next best thing… Their spirits.
The six novellas of the Lost Locket of Lahari anthology pause a moment in time when the locket finds the ripples of its ancestry. From the Victorian-era to the Roaring Twenties, the 1940s to modern day and beyond, this anthology is a collection of stories as dynamic as the authors themselves.
Forbidden Future by James Wymore
When a time machine technician working the graveyard shift gets divorce papers from his wife, he decides it’s time to take the machine for a ride—no matter the consequences.
Jump by Jon Bradbury
Jesse Kendall thinks he’s seen it all. He’s about to see more.
Road Trip by Matt Mitrovich
Four friends drive to a college party and take an unexpected detour into the future.
Cacotopia by James Lauren
Kayne Adamson went into suspension to await a cure, but never imagined how long his sleep would last or the world he would awaken into. Is it really the utopia it first appears to be?
Society by Terra Harmony
Take a ride on the Energy of the Future where society gets a fresh, clean start—no matter who they have to leave behind.
The Mountains Haven’t by Kade Anderson
Something is very wrong in the downtrodden town of Dignity and only the town’s Watcher, Julia, can see what it is.
Between Utopias by Michael Trimmer
After being saved from a fatal heart attack by being transported to the future, David must choose from two opposite utopias.
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