For Reading by the Fireside on Halloween Night

Paula Freda’s
Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories

(Rated “G” for General Audience) … Can love be found in the strangest places? Follow the paths of the heart and the stars and find out.

Cathy & the Dolphin
Reporter Mark asked, “The others who were on the boat with you, did you see what happened to them?”…..”They died,” replied the girl. “He tried to save them, but they grew frightened and swam away from him.”…..”By ‘he,’ do you mean the dolphin?” Mark inquired, puzzled…..”He is a prince,” the girl said…..”A prince?” Mark questioned, mouth quirking in surprise…..”Yes, a prince,” she repeated, chin raised…..
He caught me studying him. His eyes were a deep swirling green. He introduced himself. “My name is Jason,” Methodically, he added, “I have come from a distant world to research yours. I would be exceedingly grateful if you would help me.”…..When I did not answer, his forehead creased and his dark eyebrows drew together, and I heard myself thinking — mistrust? What a repulsive response. But it was not I thinking…
A Ghost of a Story
Jim shifted nervously in his chair, dislodging a few more cobwebs. “I don’t mean to sound facetious,” he said, “but don’t you think we’re insane agreeing to spend the night here? The place reeks of spirits, and I don’t mean the drinking kind!”…..Tom sat down opposite his friend, accompanied by a spray of dust and mangled cobwebs…..”Nothing will happen to us,” he replied…..
The Gently Cursed
Not your usual werewolf story….
The Ugliness Without
Folks had tagged her an old hag. She had few friends. Most persons moved out of noseshot, and looked down those same noses at Tessie, as bent and tilting from side to side, she shuffled by on her daily outings through the neighborhood…..Sparkie was one of the few exceptions. He had moved into the room next to hers last year…..She laughed, or rather she cackled, and smiled up at Sparkie, caught the glimmer of warmth in his tannish eyes, and blushed like a fifteen year-old who has just been favored with a wink from a teenage idol….
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About dorothypaula

Come into my world of adventure, romance, inspiration, nostalgia, science fiction and fantasy, time travel, and the paranormal, and sensual clean romances (rated "G" and "PG"). You will find it all in E-books and Paperbacks by Paula Freda. Paula Freda, homemaker, mother of two grown sons, and former off-the-desk publisher of a family-oriented print small press, (1984 thru 1999), The Pink Chameleon, that she now publishes on line, was raised by her grandmother and mother, and has been writing for as long as she can remember. Even before she could set pencil to paper, she would spin her stories in the recording booths in the Brooklyn Coney Island Arcades for a quarter per 3-minute record. She states, "I love the English language, love words and seeing them on display, typed and alive. A romantic at heart, I write simply and emotionally. One of my former editors kindly described my work, '...her pieces are always deep, gentle and refreshing....'" Among the print publications in which her work has appeared are D'Youville Poetry Anthology, Clover Intl Poetry Competition, Small Press Writers & Artists Org. (SPWAO) Showcase II 1984, Nom de Plume, Labyrinth (1984), Harlequin Digest (a quarterly sent to Harlequin book subscribers during the 1980s), The Sacred Heart Messenger, Standard, Affaire De Coeur, Mid Island Times (hometown newspaper). On line, Peridot Books, The Romantic Bower, Romance and Beyond, and Alternate Realities. During February 2001 she taught an online class on writing at From 1985-1994 she coordinated writers clubs at two of her local hometown libraries. She further states, "I love writing, despite that I still have much to learn, and am grateful to any editor who takes the time to help me improve my skill. Although I've no fancy that I will ever be famous, or even want to be, my hope is that my writing will bring entertainment and uplift the human spirit. If someday in the future, someone reads my work and feels the better for it, then I have fulfilled myself."
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