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The Shadows Come - Chapter 4Aruwen
Aruwen rose from his bed with a gasp, his head pounding as if attacked by a thousand spears. He could still feel the elemental's flaming eyes watching him.
“Such an odd dream...” He looked to his right, Lana's slightly freckled face lying calmly beside him, breathing slowly and peacefully. The sun was just beginning to shine through the dark curtains, and Aruwen judged the time to be around seven. Another bolt of pain came from his head, and he clutched it with his hands. What a strange headache, he thought, perhaps there are some herbs in the basement.
As Aruwen ascended into the cellar, the light from his candle exposed many different trinkets on the dusty wooden shelves. His dark-brown eyes peered around the small room as he walked with slow heavy steps, spiders and other critters fleeing from his leather boots. The candle illuminated a few bot
The Shadows Come - Chapter 3Eliza
The ground was covered by a blanket of snow, yet she did not feel cold, even though she was only wearing a silken robe. Tomorrow would be another day of spring, so Eliza would use the day to absorb all of winter's beauty. It had been easy to avoid her tutoring. Old Garn Firesong was slower than a turtle and easy to trick, and with her magic it was child's play. Firesong had just taught her the basics of teleportation a few days past. He would think she had simply misspoke the words, taking her far away. Now she was free to roam around Illorio as she pleased.
“Irindus fel'desar, co sal'de neralver,” Eliza whispered to the winds in the ancient elemental tongue. It was a message to her teacher, he would have to be ensured of her safety. He was a fool, but Eliza liked him nonetheless. Whether it was his patience or the kindness in his eyes, she would never know. The winds
Writer's Block I needed quiet. Not my old grey office filled with noises and distractions. No, I had to find a haven where I could be calm. I knew only one place that would do. My favourite café.
The walk to Chez Amos was a nightmare. I hadn't left my house in weeks, so I wasn't excactly au courant with the outside world. My headache was pounding with no end, and the noises of cars didn't exactly help. I used to love counting the colours of bypassing vehicles, but now I only saw the same, boring, black. Not exactly an inspiring sight, which made me wish I lived with the Philippians in ancient Greece. Every day would feel like genesis, a new beginning. Suddenly, a girl's figure, wearing an emerald pendant, caught my eye.
"He meets a girl..." I mumbled to myself, "The girl with the emerald necklace..." My eyes went blank as I entered a different world, seeing a young man around his twenties. His hair was a light c
Top Secret (2) The test launch had not been successful. Two engines had failed just ten meters above ground, almost destroying a satellite in its crash. It was more improvement than I had seen all week, though. This was the first time we'd gotten the spaceship to actually lift off the ground. I wasn't worried for the ship even though most of the front was completely ruined. The main engineer, Cody Edwards, would fix it easily like he always did. No, my thoughts were focused on the daily news. The front page of every newspaper was covered with the same headline.
Earth's Embassy forbids all travel to Alpha Centauri
Recent discoveries have lead scientists to believe that Alpha Centauri, the closest solar system to ours, is deadly to all humans entering it. A dissection of the starship New Planet's captain, Timothy Finlay, revealed traces of a gas that could kill a man in just a few seconds. "We are convinced that the substance works l
Cigarette? "Cigarette?" he asked temptingly.
"No, I don't smoke," I lied. The man shrugged and returned to his greasy hamburger, sauce dripping down his fingers. My gaze was carried to the pack of cigarettes lying idly on the table, whispering alluringly into my ear. Come on. A single one can't hurt, I heard them say. I neeeded a distraction.
"So... What's your, uhm... Favorite grocery store?" I asked awkwardly.
"Walmart." Damn. It didn't work. The cigarettes still had me seduced.
"Okay. Just one."
"One what?" the man responded, "One Walmart?" My mouth moved without my command, spelling my defeat.
Top Secret (1) He had come in a metal box, heavily guarded by four marines all carrying high-tech eradicaters. Fully loaded. The container was not carried to the normal examination table in the research bay, where we always recieved our test-subjects. Instead, the box was carried through the worn-out room, followed by curious eyes from doctors and engineers. The guards looked grim, almost scared. No one said a word. The container was taken to the emergency experimentation room in the end of the room. Two access doors, extra fortified. ECTES technology.
The front guard inserted the code. Top secret. Not even I knew that 22-digit password. Only the most privileged members of Earth's Embassy were allowed that information, and they had to learn it by heart.
"Chris," the guard yelled, directed towards me. "You, Lizzy and Will have orders to examine this subject."
"What is his condition?" Will Brynn asked bluntly.
"The cause of
Irony and zombies It was almost like they hadn't realized they died. Not that it mattered to me, anyway. I couldn't care less about the creatures' thoughts, especially not with four of them following me. Two of them were men, one a woman and the final an infant. Their rotten parts fell lifelessly as they ran, an ear here, a finger there. It painted the earth red like wine and filled the air with a stench of death and mold. To think that just a few days past, this forest was clean and home to the joyful songs of sparrows. It was comical, almost. I had walked on this very road, thinking about the beauty of our world, and how no one could destroy it. Now I was running past my old footsteps, and laughing of my own naiveté. Only I could laugh in such a situation, with my definite demise breathing in my neck. Now I wish I would have spent less effort on thinking about irony, and more effort on paying attention to where I was running.
The Shadows Come - Chapter 2Master Crove
Zerakar was not hesitant. He shifted towards the center of the pond so quickly, that it seemed as if he had teleported. As he leapt, the shadows shrouded Master Crove, trapping his mind in a living nightmare of demons torturing his very soul. He forcibly freed himself from the grasp of the dusk so he could think clearly. The Ancient of Darkness stood above the Pool of Balance, shivering slightly at the unimaginable power beneath him. His eyes blazed with desire as he looked into the clear water, pictures of the future and the past brushing across his gaze. Master Crove gasped in horror. With the power of the Pool of Balance, Zerakar could destroy the entity of Kalar if he wished. The Ancient's prophecy could come true. Master Crove could not allow it. The Elder stomped on the ground and spoke in a call that boomed against the stone walls.
“If you want the wisdom of the Pools of
The Shadows Come - Chapter 1The Shadows Come
Master Crove was walking through his plains on the tips of the Sky Mountains. The wind caressed his long gray beard as he stepped forward, patient like a fish ascending a waterfall. It was in the midst of high summer and the two suns were shining brightly across the light grass fields that was his home. The Elder took a moment to salute the twin stars above him, bowing gracefully towards El'sha, the younger and Il'sha, the elder. He heard the suns whisper gratefully in his ear and he smiled, satisfied. Master Crove had human traits, there was no doubt. His figure was tall and proud, like most of the humans of the Kingdom of Stoneguard, and it was apparent that his hair and beard, now long and gray, had once fallen upon his skull proudly like the leaves of a mighty tree. Though, if you were patient enough an
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