Aid in 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.


You were at my side in an instant, an angel of light and beauty so magnificent that even now I cannot put it to words. You fell to your knees and cradled my head in your lap. I barely heard the slight pop of a vial being uncorked, but a second later a liquid coolness touched my lips, wet my mouth, and slid down my throat. The relief was instant, the agony I felt mere seconds before banished almost completely. The sudden contrast was so stark that I nearly fell to weeping right there. As it was I felt a few tears slip from my eyes and slide down my face to my ears.

It took me some time to regain my composure. You were patient as a saint and waited until I was ready to continue. And when I was, your smile was beatific, radiant to my eyes. You'd just saved my life, and I didn't want to tear my eyes away.

You took the decision from me. You turned and began walking again, this time on a path that slanted slightly upward. I watched you go for just a moment, and then once again I followed you into the darkness.


Comments (4 so far!)

ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

The sweet blossoming of love from friendship. Care and benevolence go a long way. Does she even know, though?

  • #3146 Posted 29 days ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

Perhaps she does. She's a wise and experienced traveler of the dark, after all. Perceptive and intuitive. But perhaps not. Or, at least, perhaps not yet. Time will tell the tale.

  • #3152 Posted 28 days ago
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In Nights Arms

In Nights Arms

Well, I had to go and start from the beginning after I read this.

I'm totally interested. In my mind this is all so shady and unclear, which I quite enjoy.

Also, after reading it all at once i feel like I got left on a cliffhanger there.

  • #3154 Posted 19 days ago
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Jim Stitzel

Jim Stitzel

That's because you did. The story isn't finished yet. Fortunately. :)

  • #3155 Posted 18 days ago
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