This is the first in a series of scifi/fantasy law related stories I'm working on. This story is inspired by a real case in 1991 in which a buyer sued the seller for not disclosing that the house had a national reputation for being haunted. Up until this point, the state of New York had a strict caveat emptor rule for property, and Justice Rubin wrote, “Applying the strict rule of caveat emptor to a contract involving a house possessed by poltergeists conjures up visions of a psychic or medium routinely accompanying the structural engineer and Terminix man on an inspection of every home subject to a contract of sale.” Justice Rubin decided to vacate the caveat emptor rule, but the dissent disagreed strongly. This story is set in a world where the dissent won. Ah, the things lawyers think about at Halloween.
This story began with a dream of being a mermaid swimming into the sea. I played around with making it the classic fairy tale of the orphan and the evil witch, but that just seems too cliche. I wanted characters who felt like people I knew. I wanted the Mermaids to actually be adapted to the ocean enviroment, instead of the creation of VERY lonely sailors. I also love the idea of what happens next in fairy tales (Into the Woods, anyone?), and I honestly hate the message of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid.' A sixteen year old girl who abandons her family for a man she has seen once (once!) gets daddy's blessing and eternal happiness? Not in any world I know. So I emphasized the mermaid's self-centeredness, made the witch someone who just does what she has to do to get by, made daddy mermaid bitter, introduced a granddaughter, and let the whole thing run.
A day in the life of Ted Clark, business and tax lawyer. Part of the law series, though this isn't based on any particular cases. Rather, this started as a way of exploring some of the stranger sides of tax law. Believe or not, everything in here is good law. Note: this is an altered version of the original story. Unfortunately, in updating all the old comments were lost. I'm sorry!
Edmar has been attacked, Irvina has been captured, Don Ormand is dead. What are the Meres going to do about it?
Another story staring everyone's favorite undead tax attorney. Ted and Gigi go the ball, but nothing goes quite as planned. We learn more about Ted as well as some of the other folks in the Paranormal community. All song lyrics are property of their respective owners.
Continuing with my law theme, this is a retelling of one of the most famous law cases in contract law: Hawkins v. McGee aka 'The Hairy Hand case.' With a name like that, shouldn't werewolves be involved somehow? The quotes about whether or not a contract was formed are actually from the real case. (Which under copyright law are in the public domain.)
A story describing the rise of a totalitarian dictator in the United States, as told through the diary entries of a young girl in Missouri. Resemblance to former dictators is intentional; resemblance to current politicians is coincidental and hopefully theoretical. This is probably the most personal thing I've written, as the parents and teachers are based off my family, friends and teachers. The girl is based off of a girl in my high school who died of heart complications less than a week before we were to graduate. Literature directly referenced: To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Animal Farm George Orwell 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktock Man. Harlan Ellison Julius Caesar William Shakespeare Diary of a Young Girl Ann Frank