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BABY, TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME! by Tracy Neis

(John, Paul, George and Ringo – struggling musicians with a semi-regular gig at the Mos Eisely cantina on the planet Tatooine – take on a gifted, young horn player whom they nickname “Baby Yoda” in this story inspired by Episode 5 of the television show “The Mandalorian.”)

THE ALCHEMIST EPILOGUE by Michael Moore

(“So young man, tell me of the dream lived and destiny followed,” she said as she looked up from under her hat.)

LETTERS TO MERLIN: LOVE, GUINEVERE by Meg (ilfirinxemrys)

(Dearest Merlin, / Why wouldn’t you come home?)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 12 – THE TIE THAT BINDS by Drew Van Dyke

(He has to make a one-in-a-million shot.)

HE SAID, HE SAID by Tracy Neis

(Two years before his death, John Lennon wanders into a cave just outside San Francisco and discovers the head of Lt. Commander Data from The Starship Enterprise.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 11 – FINALITY, PT. 2 by Drew Van Dyke

(“It was only fitting,” he says, “that the first place that would give the new me a chance was Wayne Enterprises, all those years ago.” / Suddenly, it all clicks. Every single piece to the puzzle.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 10 – FINALITY, PT. 1 by Drew Van Dyke

(“Unbeknownst to me, though, I got much more than that, and merely by happenstance.” I plug the DNA sample back into the laptop. Scan it. Bring up our file on Harvey Dent. “The running theories were twofold: Either 1.) Two-Face fixed his face, was caught by the police, ran away, died running; or 2.)—” I show him the result.)

2 GOBLIN by Monique Quintana

(My green leaves me letters in hollow places, and I pull them out, the taste of dirt cake and fire spite in my mouth.)

BLUE FIRE by Morgan Dante

(I replied, “I am Edward Rochester’s wife. And who are you?” / She answered with her name: Jane. But that was not what I was asking. She added, “He spoke of you, but he said you had died.” / Despair filled my heart. “I suppose we’ve been ghosts to each other for ages.”)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 9 – CATWOMAN AND ROBIN by Drew Van Dyke

(About the tip of the barrel comes a sudden violent cracking – a vibrant blue radiance that lights the whole dreary space from corner to drawer and knob and ceiling – and then the darkness steals it back and a cold white line sprouts like an alchemic vine, and the temperature in the room dips 10 immediate degrees. The ice grows thick, roaring, over Selina’s shoulder and head, and spreads the elements all over the back wall as it spins to a stop, covering the entire way from which they had just come. / Sealing them inside with the beast.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 8 – ECHOES by Drew Van Dyke

(Jason stands up – backs up against Selina. His hand brushes the belt – the slick cold makes him jump. He turns from her, but realizes his back is now to Dick. Turns again. / “Why are you all acting so weird?” he says. “Where…?” he chuckles, unsure, “Where’s Daddy Wayne-bucks?” He knows, but still, he asks, as children do; and he – the youngest child – begins his crying when he asks.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 7 – THE RABBIT HOLE by Drew Van Dyke

(Still two steps behind, I take the gap of an entire alleyway in single bound. / …until Selina nabbed his prized bell-cow: a rare, two-faced Janus cat named Frank and Louie. She now calls him “Alfred.” Tells me he likes raw cheese brats. / A grin.)

LIKE THE CYCLE OF THE YEAR by Dhwanee Goyal

(i, who summons stretchers to shelter her enemies, waves her aura over them till they recover– my Lady, i serve as a nun but my mind still drips memories of our sins together.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 6 – THREE OF A KIND by Drew Van Dyke

(“Okay, but, like, if you stand still, you know how the water will push the sand in around your feet sometimes, when the tides come in?” / Gordon shrugs. / “Well, imagine that…only it’s people.”)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 5 – UNDERSTUDY, PART 3 by Drew Van Dyke

(From…somewhere… / …And to another, she thinks. Overhead, there are collected rising ramps of metal scaffolding, held up by thick wires around the boxes. My escape.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 4 – UNDERSTUDY, PART 2 by Drew Van Dyke

(“Aren’t you just a sight?” he finally says, and stands back to admire his work. “Just the shade of pristine every man wants. Virginal, don’t you think, Doctor? What every mother wants for her son.” / She snickers.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 3 – UNDERSTUDY, PART 1 by Drew Van Dyke

(You would not want to move, regardless – to draw more attention to the position where you hold your bit that is left of you; because the chains, and the bars, and some bodies: they are nothing to your “heaven.” / “To heaven,” he coos, a-rattling the bars. “Another angel! Another lord!”)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 2 – CATLIKE REFLECTS by Drew Van Dyke

(“…They’re rare, but the most well-known two-faced creatures in the modern climate are named after the Ancient Roman god of beginnings and endings…and of doorways.” / “That would be…Janus, sir?” Alfred says. / “Exactly.” I’m smiling again. A new lead.)

BATMAN: ORNAMENTAL | ISSUE 1 – THE SUM OF ALL FEARS by Drew Van Dyke

(A man is running. / There is one Christmas I remember most vividly from my childhood.)

THE FORBIDDEN GAMES by Angela Braru

(I can’t believe that I won the 74th Annual Hunger Games, only to die in the middle of a wizarding world, being crushed by angry bushes. / “Tell me where you are, I won’t hurt you.” It’s a guy’s voice, but not vicious.)

SCARLET AND SILVER by Angela Braru

(“Katniss Everdeen!” I flinch at the sound of my best friend’s furious voice. The loud music dissipates the derision she is feeling towards me and I thank my tea leaves for it. / “Hi, Ginny! Congratulations on the win! I saw how—”)

BILLY’S BLUE, BLUE SKY by
Drew Van Dyke

(If sky = blue, and if Billy = blue, then, in theory, sky = Billy. By this proof, he determined, he was also equal to the ocean, and to a can of Pepsi, and to his dad’s favorite Angel Grove Tigers baseball cap – the one so light from wash and wear, it almost looked cut from denim blue jeans;)