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  • Grim Focus

    Malika pushed forward with single-minded focus. She would complete her task, with Orthael's help or without it. It mattered not to her which way the work at hand was done.

    She passed through the clearing where moments before she had just performed her ba…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Grim Satisfaction

    Malika felt no joy at the destruction she had wrought, only a grim satisfaction. She had spent enough of her anger to bring it back under control, and in the process she had cleared much of the surrounding forest of the evil that had once lived here. It w…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • The King in Orange I

    Across a cultivated green, you can find him shambling and swaying like a drunken dotard,

    surrounded by an air of wounded viciousness that a life of money had only exacerbated. Vacant eyed, he wanders confused, muttering in rambling, incoherent phrases tha…

    Posted 11 days ago
  • A Spirit Quest...

    Soŝégŝinun sat alone in the forest. His breath floated before his mouth in the cold.

    He sat alone. He couldn't remember how long he had say there, but he knew that he wasn't leaving until something happened, though he didn't know exactly what that someth…

    Posted 18 days ago
  • Grim Fury

    Malika pushed forward into the village, her blade a blur of blue, flaming fury. It took several moments for the Lesser Dead to notice her, but as she cut them down, they flocked to her in greater numbers.

    They never had a chance.

    Each and every deathles…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Darkness Receding

    Malika fled the village, passing scores of Lesser Dead as she did. Not one approached her, whether in fear of the destruction she had wrought just moments before or because they no longer deemed her a threat she didn't know.

    Nor did she care. Her shoulde…

    Posted 29 days ago
  • The King in Orange II

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 11 days ago
  • Bottled Up

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    Greetings. It is the thirtieth day. Food remains in good supply, but our morale has taken a beating. Captain Marseilles announced to us that he has received a message on the Return Ticket. As we had been told, that system was primed to engage around Da…

    Posted 15 days ago
  • Flames of the Fire

    "Orthael!" she spat. "Protector of life, servant of the All-Consumer." Her voice dripped disdain. "Summoned by a local parish, no doubt." Orthael nodded. "To protect us." He nodded again.

    "Well, holy man, where were you when my village was destroyed …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Bargaining Post

    The thing that spoke to me had the face of a dead god but used the voice of my father. I had known to expect this. It was a by-product of the bonding ritual that gave a semblance of life back to this former deity. Not that any of the gods ever truly died,…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Servants of Fire

    Malika wiped away the tears from her eyes with the palm of one hand and gracefully rose to her feet, turning to face the newcomer.

    "Be you friend or foe?" she asked. "Morduth insists you be friend, but I be not so willing to trust in his judgment just ye…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Silhouette and Shadow

    There was a still silence. Orthael exhaled with a still patience, keeping Varenniel's presence with the same careful grip he used with Judgement: firm yet loose, secure without being crushing. It was exhilarating, to wield power that was beyond men.

    Eno…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Questions Without Answers

    Devin hungered for conversation. That didn't happen much when he was around people. He tended to be the quiet sort and when he did say something it was usually the wrong thing. Two days out with nothing but a couple of dozen head of cattle as company and …

    Posted 1 month ago
  • An Introduction and a Challenge

    "I ask you again," Malika said. "Who be you, and how be it you come to be here, just at this very moment? Be you a final test, holy man or not, to confirm my resolve, to baptize me in the fire of purification against the forces of Ashmar?" She could feel …

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Light and Life

    This was the moment. Orthael reached out and connected with Varenniel's presence as if clasping the forearm of an old friend before drawing them into an embrace. The High Angel's power was a steady and comforting warmth, assuring him that the Flame had al…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • six word write

    "which flavor cheese?"

    "the yellow one."

    .................................

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Of the Dark, Of the Light

    Malika brought Morduth up so it pointed at the newcomer. Blue flame flared up bright and tall along the blade's length, spilling over the hilt and onto her hand and wrist. She didn't notice. All her attention was on this man of the cloth standing before h…

    Posted 2 years ago
  • Nescience

    The chanting turned to screams without warning. The small party exchanged panicked glances, unknowing and uncertain. The man himself shrugged in a quietly resigned manner.

    "I know nothing, gentlemen, but you should not be surprised that your regime chang…

    Posted 19 days ago
  • Wizarding Bee Levels: A New Year's Premise

    So by now we all know that there’s no logical explanation why honeybees can fly, weight and wings and stuff, it shouldn’t be possible, but bees fly anyway. Perhaps bees are magical creatures, then. And the drop in bees’ quantity is alarming to the wizardi…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • An Englishman in New York

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    Posted 3 years ago
  • Gifts Ungiven

    It had been fourteen days. The painting was gone and with it my heart. Authored by an amateur it had meant more to me than any museum in the world. Each day that passed felt like a relentless excavation into my chest, letting in the outside ice and snow t…

    Posted 16 days ago
  • Twelve Word Entry Challenge 2

    Prunella turned from her novel and rolled her eyes in copious disgust.

    Posted 4 years ago
  • Heartless Resolution

    "Fine." I said, throwing a hand up. "But I hope you know you're late for work now."

    I blinked from physical to energy vision. Her body dissociated into colorful veins, except for the block which was a searing white. Everything looked proper, but the glar…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • The Dead and the Living

    The Lesser Dead in all their varieties watched as the swordmaiden passed, followed a moment later by the holy man, now made impotent by their master. They allowed both to escape unscathed. Indeed many still held the swordmaiden in fear, for the way she ha…

    Posted 29 days ago
  • Loopback

    And three heartbeats later she was back.

    "Impossible," I breathed, my voice barely audible. This shouldn't be happening. She was so weak. She shouldn't have been able to resist my attempts to banish her. And yet...

    She was here. Again. In defiance, it s…

    Posted 1 month ago