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New Short Story – Snippet

Short story I’m currently writing, which would take place after the defeat of the Dark Horn….

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A Chance to Represent

Nina watched the men from deck toss thick ropes down to the docks. It was fascinating how quickly they secured the ship. She heard the scrape of metal plank settling against the wooden docks as they prepared to disembark. Journey across the Sea of Sages was just the beginning. Looking beyond to the misty mountains filled her imagination with this strange new world… and questions.

The port itself peaked her curiosity with its many merchants and wares lined down the streets, and packed with travelers going either direction. There was already a line forming to board arriving ships – those of well-dressed quality, and all human. That much she could tell.

“They’re not accustomed to your kind yet,” she said to the robed figure standing close by. “Not even a harpy in sight.”

Those white-tufted ears slightly laid back at her words. A sapphire gaze glanced her way. If the ears did not give away his identity, the jeweled eyes would. Although his albino appearance amidst everything else usually turned heads in any new city. He gave her a warm smile.

“You wouldn’t here. And Healers generally don’t deal with non-magic destinations,” was his reply. “Normally, I wouldn’t myself. But this new role requires passage through all types of locations. Astra just so happens to be the central point for the next meeting.”

“And everyone who is magic will be there.” Nina turned to her second companion, a fiery-haired girl with gold streaks curled down around her face. The young Ember Mage smirked. “Except I’ve heard rumors that they’ve started checking for Dark Magic here.” Her gaze trailed past Nina to the prince. “So how are you planning to get her in, Embassador?”

“Wisdom doesn’t have to do anything,” Nina replied calmly. “He’s done enough to get this far. I can sense things, remember? I’ll know if someone’s coming.” With a sigh, she returned to staring out toward the mountains again. It helped calm her acute awareness of rushing crowds below. Control. Being a Dark One was all about control. She had learned that as a child. Now in her late teens, she felt compelled to accompany the prince and early Ember Mage appentrentice. The disturbance in Magic was stronger here than expected, as though a whole slew of people were about to experience Change.

She must have had that blank stare too long, for the she felt the prince’s hand on her shoulder. Nina turned her opal gaze to find the prince motioning to someone below.

“Our guide has arrived,” he said.”

“Will she accept Nina?”

“There’s no negative feelings yet, Kendra.”

The girl folded her hands in a huff. “Yes, but does this guide know that you’re here with us?”

“I did mention it to Kris once,” Wisdom said. “Should be fine. She’s not unaccomstomed to Dark One’s appearances.”

To be continued…

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Daily Concepts

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It seems that every day I get a new thought about future events that happen for either the novel or other stories, but it all relates to the same characters. So now I think I’ll try to write some of these down. Called “daily concepts”, the only reason I haven’t written them is because they change from day to day. Write it down and it’s like stone, it doesn’t change. But this way, it keeps going.

Concept of the day: Savage Wisdom

What would happen if Wisdom ever went mad? Even came close? I’ve had a few guesses at this. The first is because he gets tired of being used by Nature, amongst other things. Today’s thought was about his brother, Shy. Since the battle of the Black Unicorn, Shy gets appointed as new Grand Master to Luxor Castle. That’s a fact. That will happen no matter what concept I create.

But here’s the thing. Shy was raised under false pretense that humans were the enemy. He was raised by a father deluded by the darkness surrounding the land. Once that  father realized his folly, he got over it.

Shy, unfortunately, does not. He walks his father’s original path and is hard on his brother. So this is where the madness comes in. Should the two brothers come to disagree more than a few times, Shy may try a few things in order to “persuade” loyalty.

So my thought was that Wisdom’s son, Keith, returns from one of his own adventures to find his father missing. While questioning around, he discovers his father is being held at Luxor due to a “maddening” illness. Where did such come from? Would Shy harm his brother to gain complete control over all, turning the tides back to the days of his father’s rule?

That remains to be seen.

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