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- Robin Abess
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Patty Knowles | @pattydump1
Erik says: Invoking Sleepy Hollow and the legend of the Headless Horseman is always
fun. This evil meany basically marked the poor sap to death. Noooooo!
Anita Sabat | @anitaexplorer
Erik says: **does the robot dance** Fun and poignant look at sentient AI.
Silver James | @SilverJames_
Erik says: Nice, like she's signing her soul away to the devil. Will she be able
to stop it, or is it a foregone conclusion?
Erik says: A fun and exciting look at a muse. A writer losing all control to
create, is it a trade, a bargain, or just his perception of inspiration?
The page lay blank before me again. Words beat at my brain, but refused to travel to my fingers. I took another drink from the glass to my right, but it didn’t help. Nothing did. Frustrated, I slammed the crystal cylinder down on the desk, growling. Soft fingers stroked my brow.
“Here, let me help you begin.”
That voice. Lyrical and pleasing to the ear. I grabbed for the wrist but came up empty, feeling a wisp of gauze brush my cheek.
“Now, Nathaniel, you know better than that. Relax. We’ve been here before, you know.”
I did know. I didn’t want to do this again.
“No, it has to be all mine this time. I promised.”
A tinkling laugh shook me. “Yes, and you know how well that works.”
Curse it all, I did. Still, I was determined.
“No…” Even as I said it, I watched my fingers begin moving, words flowing swiftly to the paper.
“That’s right. Just let it flow. Good boy.”
A sob escaped me as I tried to fight it, to no avail. Fingers cramping, I completed the tale, glancing over it when done.
“Good, isn’t it?”
I sighed. “As usual.”
Eyes glistening, my Muse made another checkmark in the book held in slender hands. The horns atop the crown of shining hair looked particularly sharp tonight.
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