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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

“Living Rooms” by Laurie Tom

Writers of the Future XXVI

“Living Rooms” is a clever play on words. When Rill was twelve, she promised her mage father that if she did not marry a prince by the time she was twenty, she’d become her father’s apprentice. Fulfilling her promise, Rill returns home, only to find another mage is trying to control the house. Although not alive, the rooms of have manifestations that interact with the owner and its occupants. The house did not like the new mage; however, they would not be able to keep him out if he returned with more power. In order to take over the house, she would need to think of it as her home.

A cleverly thought-out (if not expansively so) fantasy playing with the idea of what makes a house a home.

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