Guidance, by Donna Marie West
I lit a candle, cast my trusted runes on the kitchen table, and made a spread of the pieces that landed face up.
Studying them closely, I searched for answers to my request for guidance.
And there they were, clear as day.
Uruz: new beginnings possible. Eihwaz: the meaning of defense is overcoming obstacles. Algiz: protection of the self. Ehwaz: progress is movement; movement is progress. Mannaz in reverse: where there is an obstacle, seek the solution within yourself.
I slipped the butcher knife from the drawer and moved toward the bedroom where my monster of a husband was sleeping.
Since first sending my work out into the world in 2003, I have published well over one hundred fiction and non-fiction stories in a variety of Canadian and American magazines, including WHAT IF?, SUNDAY@SIX, THE CONQUEROR, MYSTERIES MAGAZINE, SPACEPORTS AND SPIDERSILK, HALLOWEENFOREVERMORE, and BEYOND CENTAURI. I am also a contributor to the recent anthologies DEATH AWAITS, IN SHAMBLES, SPOOKY HALLOWEEN DRABBLES 2014, SPECULATIVE VALENTINE DRABBLES 2015, and THE GRAYS. My previous drabble submission, “Guidance,” was recently accepted by THE WERE-TRAVELER. I spend most of my free time reading, writing, and doing research for current projects.