Short Stories Brief adventures and fantasy stories. Ready to give up on the cafe business a young witch’s resolve wavers in the face of fresh customers. But serving tea to super heroes wasn’t part of the plan. Bicycle couriers ride all over Carmine, delivering parcels and messages faster than anyone. But closed roads are bad for business and nothing closes more roads than the continuing super battles throughout the city. Magically endowed animals often cause mischief if taken to a normal animal shelter, so those in Carmine are housed at Ms. Rosa’s instead. The hearth is the heart of many homes, particularly in winter, but fire can pose a risk. Old legends connect flame and magic, and more than coals can fill a fireplace. Every few years the sea by Carmine glows. As sight seers swarm the area and fisher folk avoid deep waters two women venture out onto the waves for answers. Seeing emotion was hardly what one woman had envisioned when she’d dreamed of being a super hero. Having given up on her powers she finds they may have a use she hadn’t expected. When a young student transferred to Carmine University he expected long summer days and seaside storms to be the biggest distraction he would face. He hadn’t counted on the talking possum. Old books hold memories; annotations and smells and pressed flowers from long dead plants. But in a world where magic infuses the everyday some old tomes hold more. Cities require maintenance and care, ancient tree-filled cities most of all. Carmine’s trees are tended by dedicated arborists but sometimes they need a magical touch. All favours must be repaid. When magic infuses every promise ambiguity can be dangerous, and some costs are higher than others. Festival time is usually a time of merriment and relaxation, or for some scholars a chance to have the Library to themselves. But when one is involved in the festivities it can be a different experience. Old houses often creak and shift, filled with dust and inhabited by generations of spiders. Amongst other things. .