Leaves fell, briefly held aloft by a passing wind. From the boughs of the tree the girl watched, patiently awaiting her target. Noises from above, was it him? She dared not move, lest she be seen. A bird rustled in the branches above her, then screeched its intent. “You always pick a tree.” She jumped…… Continue reading Waoku
Haunt moved through the forest silently, as she was taught. Her red shirt was too thin for the weather and her fingertips felt frozen. She’d tied her hair back earlier with a small band, but it’d come loose and now it was splayed out before her eyes like cobwebs. One eye to the sky she…… Continue reading The Fox of the Wilds
Drifts of sand pearled at the tips of her bare toes and two moons shone down on her. The small, man-made stream that should-have-irrigated the edges of Arridia, or at least stopped the desert, dripped like dewdrops in winding paths that she sat on the edge of. The sky was clear enough, but the air was drier than she’d felt in a long time. The girl bit down on her nails impatiently, waiting for him to come and whisk her away.
9th Day of Blood Moon, 1425 Nothing about Honvarj was friendly this time of year, Nibra knew that. Everything was dead, frozen, and even fire felt cold. She thought she’d get used to it as she grew, but year after year the same frigid blizzards would sweep the land; she’d have to bundle up by…… Continue reading Before the Snow
The mausk moved deftly along the garden wall, each soft paw silently brushing through the course debris to reach the mansion’s rear wall. It spanned at least four times her height — difficult, but not impossible. Below, two guards wandered, entertaining themselves with quiet whistling and slow walks. Whether they heard her or not was…… Continue reading In Cold Blood
The origin of Tespis
23rd Day of Burning Moon, 1426 Hours after the Forges Ignited The monsters came at the strike of ten, as they always had. And Roenne was awake. Not that she’d slept; but the cozy cushioning of her covers held her in a foggy limbo. At some point she’d collapse from exhaustion, too worried to sleep.…… Continue reading From the Shadows