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Excerpt from “Lake Heart” by Adele Gardner, published in Deep Magic, Dec. 2016, https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Magic-December-Jeff-Wheeler-ebook/dp/B01LX0D3E5/
The boat circled faster, riding the edge of the whirlpool. Yancy clung to the dragon kite. She could feel his fright even as he pumped for purchase with those fragile wings. The kite piped, I’ll save you, Mistress! Amid the sleet, the kite dove in and pecked the monster with his flapping beak.
The whirlwind moaned. The waterspout slammed the boat. As the vessel caved, Yancy dove beneath the waves. Distorted by water, she heard her dragon box screaming in agony as the monster ripped it to shreds.
A Clarion West graduate and an active member of SFWA, Adele Gardner has twice won third place in the Rhysling Awards. She’s had a poetry collection, Dreaming of Days in Astophel, as well as 232 poems and 43 stories published in venues such as Legends of the Pendragon, The Doom of Camelot, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Silver Blade, Daily Science Fiction, Liquid Imagination, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, Songs of Eretz Poetry E-Zine (including two Father & Daughter Special Features), and more. Two stories and a poem earned honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Previously published as C. A. Gardner and Lyn C. A. Gardner, Adele lives and writes under her middle name to honor her father Delbert R. Gardner, her mentor and namesake, for whom she serves as literary executor. Learn more at www.gardnercastle.com.
During the six weeks of Clarion West, I will write what I want, when I want to.