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Cast in Gold

Reading time: 1 min

gold bars

“Release me and I’ll grant you a wish.”

Truth is, I’ve no intention of keeping the brownie. I’d caught it accidentally while raking leaves. But… a wish? That sounds like a sweet deal.

I ponder, pinching little dude’s collar between thumb and forefinger. “How ‘bout some gold?”

“Hee-heeee!”

The brownie wriggles free; my blood boils, then freezes. A film washes over my eyes, casting a golden hue over everything.

Trish sells me for a song at auction.

Maybe it’s phantom pain, but what’s left of me screams in agony as the lucky bidder melts my body in a coffin-sized crucible.

Copyright 2022 C.L. Sidell

Photo by Jingming Pan on Unsplash


Story notes

“Cast in Gold” is one of those happy accidents where I sat down and started typing without any real idea of what might happen. The brownie was inspired by the two brownies in the film Willow—though this one is more sinister.

C.L. Sidell

A native Floridian, C. L. Sidell grew up playing with toads in the rain and indulging in speculative fiction. She holds a master of arts in both English and library & information science, moderates two creative writing groups, and has reviewed books for the Florida Library Youth Program. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in 34 Orchard, Apparition Lit, diet milk, Frozen Wavelets, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Orion’s Belt, Strange Horizons, and others. You can find her on Twitter at @sidellwrites.

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