Concern over the future of American industry has never been higher. Yankee quality and productivity levels often lag behind those of our foreign competitors. Every day, newspapers and magazines carry fresh stories on eroding domestic market shares or the takeover of yet another American firm by Asian and European concerns. Downsizing is a term children know and their parents know even better.
When Jacob is given an old teapot for Christmas, he is dissapointed. He soon finds it holds a magical Genie inside that grants him three wishes. In all the excitement, he quickly learns that you should be careful what you wish for.
The Marchese's Gift - story #3 in Clive Gilson's Beasts Within series
Young lovers, newly wed, bask in the Mediterranean sun until, one night, after a beautiful meal, they accept a gift and a proposal...
Upwardly Mobile is story #21 in Clive's ShadowGrimm series of modern folk and fairy tales.
You should never look a gift horse in the mouth - and woe betide you if you then try to drag it through a hedge backwards...
Where There's a Will is the final tale (#23) in Clive's ShadowGrimm series of modern folk and fairy tales.
If you live by the internet then prepare to die by the internet, especially when you forsake kith and kin for cyber gratification.