The Inverted Bearded Boy of Chicago by Michael Jasper
Series: Contagious Magic.
Approx. 8,350 words.
Published on June 29, 2010.
A story about magic, the true cause of the Chicago fire, and a bunch of adventurers gathered together to tell their tales, while a shadowy stranger lurks outside. The story is part of a Chain Story called The Wanderers’ Club. Each story in this anthology is connected, though you can read the stories in any order. This story is also part of the Contagious Magic novel series (available as ebooks).