My Short Stories

Good news! I gathered up all my published short stories, plus two that I love but couldn’t find a home for. Floating in Blue is available now, and you can buy it using the snazzy buttons below. But more good news! If you sign up for my newsletter, you can get it for FREE.

Alternatively, you can peruse through this page and find most of them published by the original zine. How neat is the internet, anyway?

(Most were published under my original pen name, S. L. Saboviec. Enjoy.)

I Am NOT Little Red Riding Hood – Little Red Riding Hood tells how it actually happened. This was my very first short story sale, and I’m still quite proud of it. We don’t need burly men to take care of us when we live in the woods. We can take care of ourselves, thank you very much!

[Fairy Tale Retelling]

Originally published on March 27, 2016 by Grievous Angel.
Also re-published on June 1, 2020 by Flash Fiction Online.

When Alya Met Rigel – 103-year-old Alya Agrawal is the owner of the All You Need Trade and Supply pawn shop on the East Neptune Space Station. When a theft occurs in her shop, she handles it. Because she always handles it.

[Far-Future Sci-Fi]

Originally published on May 9, 2016 by AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review.

What It Means to Be a Siren – When a siren who’s trying to pass as a human accidentally deep-likes her old friend’s Facebook page, memories come flooding back of their time hunting sailors.

[Dark Urban Fantasy]

Originally published on December 21, 2016 by Evil Girlfriend Media.

How the 576th Annual Pollen Festival Blossomed My Budding Career – When Iiliia’s reign as Supreme Best Dressed in this year’s beauty contest is threatened, they go to extreme measures to ensure their infamy will be spoken of far and wide.

[Alien Point-of-View]

Originally published on April 1, 2017 by Flash Fiction Online.

the glow, the touch, the loneliness – When Inga was a child, her mother forbade her from ever touching another person. As an adult, the delight of feeling another’s emotions through their skin lures her into a career as a massage therapist, but it doesn’t assuage the loneliness in her heart.

[Dark Urban Fantasy]

Originally published on November 17, 2017 by Theme of Absence.

Pirates Don’t Make Amends – Captain Vendetta, the biggest, baddest space pirate in the Prehnite Stratum, comes face-to-face with her daughter–and her past.

[Far-future Sci-Fi]

Originally published on September 3, 2018 in Nevertheless (Tesseracts Twenty-One) by EDGE Publishing.

Magic That Flows Between – When the Warmonger Warius Soulton, a general in an army committed to eradicating magic-users from the land, discovers his daughter is a sorcerer, he must face his own demons.

[Second-World Fantasy]

Originally published on October 1, 2018 by Strange Constellations.

The Boy with the Metallidermal Tattoo (Not available online) – When Alya Agrawal, the 103-year-old owner of All You Need Trade and Supply pawn shop on the East Neptune Space Station, discovers some disturbing information about the boy interested in her employee, she takes precautionary measures. Perhaps she goes a little overboard. But one can never be too vigilent.

[Far-future Sci-Fi]

Originally published on August 26, 2019 in Amazing Stories Fall 2019.

The Invisible Quicksand of Grief – A stray cat? Or a a guardian sent from beyond the grave?

[Urban Fantasy]

Originally published on October 4, 2019 by Theme of Absence.

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