Mythical Drabbles: ‘Needing a Narri-Comboo’ by Vonnie Winslow Crist

Today’s drabble comes from long-time contributor, Vonnie Winslow Crist. What a star! Vonnie has 3 drabbles in Mythical Creatures of Asia, and her Japanese fantasy story ‘Riches’ is featured in our upcoming Insignia 2021: Best Asian Speculative Fiction anthology. Check out Vonnie’s full list of Insignia publications below.

Needing a Narri-Comboo

Vonnie Winslow Crist

“I’ve lost my mother’s necklace,” said Abeesha.

“You shouldn’t have touched it,” replied Rajani.

Abeesha had hoped for sympathy.

“A Narri-Comboo could find it.” Maybe Rajani knew of someone who had one of the horns which grew at the back of a magic-blessed jackal’s head.

“I don’t believe in myths,” said Rajani. “But I’ll help you look.”

As they searched, Abeesha tried to imagine what a magical jackal looked like. Her answer suddenly appeared.

The golden canine stared at them, howled, then sprinted into the Millaniya forest.

Abeesha gasped. Where the horned jackal had stood, she saw her mother’s necklace.

Vonnie Winslow Crist, Masters in Professional Writing, Towson University, is author of The Enchanted Dagger, The Greener Forest, Owl Light, and other award-winning books. Her stories appear in Cast of Wonders, Amazing Stories, Cirsova, Chilling Ghost Short Stories, and elsewhere. A member of SFWA and HWA, she strives to celebrate the power of myth in her writing.Website: http://vonniewinslowcrist.comFacebook: 


Twitter: @VonnieWCrist


Stories included in The Insignia Series anthologies:

‘The Drowning Pool’, (Insignia: Asian Science Fiction)

‘Beneath the Cherry Blossoms’, (Insignia: Castles & Kimono)

Work included in the Insignia Drabbles anthologies:

Japanese Fantasy Drabbles (Insignia Drabbles Vol.1.)

Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles (Insignia Drabbles Vol.2.)

Mythical Creatures of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.3.)

Special collections:

‘Kindness’, Insignia 2020: Best Asian Speculative Fiction

‘Riches’, Insignia 2021: Best Asian Speculative Fiction

Poetry with Instincts (online poetry series):

‘At the Asian Art Center’, Feb 14th, 2020

‘Lee Chung-Chung’s Painting Tells a Story’, May 14th, 2020


Featured Photo by Andres Vera on Unsplash

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