a fantasy short story by Joan Marie Verba
A story of magic and triumph over hardship, with a shocking ending. At 6300 words, this story is a perfect short read.
Marlys, excited about being accepted as an apprentice sorceress, is astonished to find that the other apprentices bully her mercilessly. No matter how hard she tries, no matter what she does, she isn’t good enough. Worse, no one seems interested in teaching her sorcery. Can she become a sorceress despite this, and, if given the chance for revenge, will she take it?