The Strength Inside by Melissa Marr
A Short Story

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Sisters Chastity and Alison must have privacy. As Bori--creatures of the wild--it has been difficult to "mainstream," but leaving their mountainous nests for a life in a regular human neighborhood has become essential for survival. However, the sisters cannot completely abandon a life outdoors because their siblings (the "littles") are still feral creatures. Chastity and Alison's perfect solution? Build a fence for the children to satisfy their alfresco needs, while protecting the neighbors from their ferocious behaviors. If only the neighborhood Architectural Review Board president would approve their structural additions! The sisters have tried the appropriate human channels with little success - now, it's time to try their luck, Bori style...

ADDED BONUS MATERIAL: an excerpt from Melissa Marr's novel GRAVEMINDER!

"Marr serves up THE STRENGTH INSIDE, which poses the question, which is more evil, a family of monsters or a homeowners association?" --RT REVIEWS

"The juxtaposition of feral fae attempting to mainstream in the ‘burbs is both creepy and touching. Marr’s THE STRENGTH INSIDE had me rapt from beginning to end." --Vampire Book Club

Melissa Marr is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Wicked Lovely series, Graveminder, and Carnival of Souls. With Kelley Armstrong, she has edited two anthologies (Enthralled and Shards & Ashes) and has co-authored the upcoming children’s series, The Blackwell Pages. Prior to writing, she taught university literature and worked at various fun places including a biker bar, an archaeological dig, and a day care. You can find her online at

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Melissa Marr is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows, and Darkest Mercy as well as Graveminder, her first novel for adult readers. She lives in Virginia. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter (@melissa_marr).
Published December 7, 2012 by Melissa Marr. 75 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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