The Standing GoatThe old dance had been shut down for years. Their lives were tolerable, but they were scattered across the island. Jem had a chance to change things. To put things back the way they should be. The way they were supposed to be.

Jem tied Specter off to a mature cherry tree in the front yard. There wasn’t much to the little house. It was of gray stone with a timber roof that sagged just a bit. The small field that it sat in was neat, but looked several months behind on tending. He stepped onto the wooden stoop and raised his hand to knock. A loud groan came from behind the door.

The Standing Goat is a short story from the collection Tales from the Red Book of Tunes.



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The Standing Goat

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  1. Tales From the Red Book of Tunes | Thinking is the enemy.
    February 5, 2014

    […] Each tune, and the story that follows it, evokes suspense, humor, joy, sadness, or love with poetic subtlety, relying on image and tone just as much as plot to relay its meaning. Anyone who enjoys folk music, dance, or just some excellent short fiction will enjoy this book. And don’t forget to check out the music! […]


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