It’s the first day that Duck Prints Press is sharing two teasers for our forthcoming anthology Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers”! Note that us combining the two teasers absolutely does not mean that these works are linked (they’re not!) – just that we have a 30-day campaign and 35 contributors, so there’s no way we can do one a day! 😀
King by Amy Fincher
About the Artist: Amy Fincher (she/her) is a producer and artist with over a dozen years of experience in the video game and animation industries. She has contributed to various AAA and indie titles, including the Civilization, XCOM, and Skylanders series. Amy is currently working on Open Roads as Executive Producer. When the mood strikes and time allows, she teaches art classes and takes on art commissions on the side. Her hobbies include learning aerial silks, collecting aesthetically pleasing empty containers, looking at shiny rocks, and taking very long naps.
Sword Dancer by J. D. Harlock
About the Author: J. D. Harlock is a Syrian-Lebanese-Palestinian writer and editor based in Beirut. In addition to his posts at Wasifiri, as an editor-at-large, and at Solarpunk Magazine, as a poetry editor, his writing has been featured in Strange Horizons, Star*Line, and the SFWA Blog. You can always find him on Twitter and Instagram posting updates on his latest projects.
Her sneer of cold command pricked me, letting the blood from my veins. In the midst of all this pomp and circumstance, here in the haven that once housed my family, in the temple that once venerated our Goddesses, in the monument that once celebrated my people, I could strangle her.
“Why would you do this to me?” I cried, but she just scoffed.
“Laudable words coming from the woman who abandoned me and left me to die.”
Tags: break-up (past), duels, fantasy, f/f, non-fanfiction story inspired by source material, past tense, politics, pov first person, religion (original), royalty