First Contact by Matthew Barrett
Approx. 13,080 words.
Published on June 25, 2013.
A collection of short stories, dealing mostly with science fiction and fantasy themes. First contact is about making first contact with an alien species. Crucifixion is about a scientific discovery. Jack and Jill is a murder mystery. Heroics is about saving the princess from a rival. Reawakening is about an elf who feels alone. But all of these stories twist from expectations in the end.