the muse apprentice guild
--expanding the canon into the 21st century




WORK
BY MAX STRANGE

EQUAL NOR OPPOSITE

A cold, gray cinder where once a beautiful blue and
white gem hung ' poised '

Fire streaming from the skies, scorching flesh and
kindling forests. Smoke blocking sunlight. Flames
consuming oxygen.

The jet stream.

Overlooked atmospheric sand.

The unrealized remaining three Sand Igniters placed at
Cardinal-points around Mecca.

Relieved World-wide cheers and applause for the
courageous Bomb Squad for successfully defusing the
small, Nomad-discovered device, with plenty of time to
spare before the building SandStorm.

Dead Mans' switch.

An international S.W.A.T. team assault following a
horrified sister's tip.

Arlington.

A frantic call from a cherished sister seeking comfort
about her only child's imminent deployment.

A contentedly complacent physicist enjoying a
newspaper on a lovely spring morning and absently
wondering why those people won't just get along '