The Pale Spirit

More shrieking and mock snarls from the hallway. Rubén had actually scared Mirenita; the five year old had begun to cry. I let out an annoyed sigh. Seriously? I ignored my aunt and cousin, pushing past them as I ran out to the hallway. I expected to see my step cousin chasing Mirenita, but he…

It Stood In The Shadows

The door opened. Shadows crept in, scaling the walls and slithering across the ceiling. He took a step in. Who is that? My body asked. My mental presence shook her head, panicked. I-I don’t– He took another step in. And another.

The Red Door

For the past several days, I had the same recurring dream. In it, I stood a little over two meters from the red door, and in each dream I took a step closer. The last thing I wanted was to go near it–to see whatever the door had to show me. I wanted none of…

Reflections, part 1

It was square, with no partitions or bracings. The window hovered ahead without the help of a wall, and a dim light spilled through the glass, a dusty bone-white glow that fell off the bottom of the window like a waterfall at the edge of the world. I had expected the light to stretch on…

Reflections, part 2

“What’s the matter?” asked Mercedes, Rocío’s mom. Her hair was dyed black, but her roots were flaxen blonde. She was already seated at the kitchen table by the time I trudged out of the bedroom. “You look tired. Didn’t you get any sleep?” I shrugged as I entered the kitchen. “I’ve just been having weird…


ei·do·lon /īˈdōlən/ noun

  1. an idealized person or thing.
  2. a specter or phantom.

The short stories you will find on this page are all original works from the mind of Natasha Penn–me. That is not to say they are necessarily fiction; fiction is defined as, “literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.”

Fiction and non-fiction, reality and fantasy, normal and paranormal–their lines will blur as I recount that which I have witnessed. So relax, settle into your favorite seat, and make sure you have a hot beverage handy. You’ll need the heat.

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