Into the Dark

Jim Stitzel

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler with far, far too much to do.

The Watchers tell me you departed some time ago, that you walked into the tunnel by yourself armed with nothing but your pack, walking stick, and a lantern. An incredible risk, if you ask me, given what we both know lurks there in the dark. But I know you. I know your strength; I've seen it first-hand. So I'm not worried for you. But the things that live there, in the dark, ought to be worried, even though they don't know it.

I've waited for you to return. I've hoped to see you again by now, but you haven't come back yet. I can only assume the journey has been longer than expected, or that there has been some complication on the other end we didn't anticipate. I'm certain the journey itself was safe enough. I've seen the way you take care of others, and I understand full well that you exercise the same level of care on yourself.

Just the same, though, I've explained my plan to the Watchers, and they have agreed. I have my own pack now. And walking stick. And lantern.

I'm going to follow you into the dark.


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This protagonist should join the pair in my Roads series. They have plenty in common!

  • #3133 Posted 10 days ago
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Where does that series start? Sounds like I need to do some catching up.

  • #3134 Posted 10 days ago


It's pretty ancient, and I never finished thinking the plot through even in my head - but the centrepiece is of personal journeys that will cost almost everything you have (not only in worldly terms), and what the people are that might take that kind of pilgrimage - and what they might be seeking that would justify it.

  • #3135 Posted 10 days ago
Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Cool. I'll take a peek.

  • #3136 Posted 10 days ago

Author's prompt text:

Death Cab by Cutie


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