Short Stories



Journ-E: The Journal of Imaginative Literature, vol. 1, no. 1
Mind's Eye Publications 03/20/2022

Welcome to the inaugural issue of JOURN-E: The Journal of Imaginative Literature is a compendium of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and illustration covering the genres of the High Imagination: Adventure, Detection & Mystery, Fantasy, Horror & the Supernatural, and Science Fiction. It is a semi-annual journal published on the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes. This is Whole Issue #1.


The plump winged woman might have been innocuous if she weren’t hovering three feet off the ground—and pointing a wand. A girl stood in front of her by the lockers. Before them was a human sized frog dressed in a school uniform slumping to the vinyl floor.

“You do as I say from now on or that’s what will happen to all of you.” She pronounced that as “zat”, speaking with a slight accent that sounded French.

The creature that used to be Robbie let out a ribbit, his protruding eyes flicking around the gathered teens. His tormentor gestured to the woman behind her. He transformed into his normal form, a final croak lingering in the air. Robbie turned his hands over before grabbing his backpack and dashing off. Derisive laughter trailed behind him. His brief time as a frog would not be forgotten. He would be the butt of jokes for a long time—maybe the entirety of his high school career.

“That’s right, run,” the girl said and glanced around at the teens who surrounded her. “I’ve got a fairy godmother. Things are going to be different around here.”