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  • From the start, James had mentioned that Alexander seemed to have been sent by a former friend, but as per the natural direction of the story, he'd never actually told ...

    Jun 19, 2023


  • saving here for now The palace hall stretched out for what felt like miles. James had never stepped foot into the inner courts, nevermind have an audience with the king. ...

    Jun 12, 2023


  • putting this here for now to help me organize The tense silence that fell between them was palpable. James was watching her with a look of increasing confusion and concern, ...

    Jun 6, 2023


  • This whole time, Clandestine been watching James. There had been several hours where she'd had to leave him alone while she dug up Alexander's grave, but ever since she'd come ...

    May 31, 2023


  • "100 years ago, the ruins had been a guild for mages," James said slowly. "I imagine that, before the calamity, when the buildings were intact, they were full of life. ...

    May 23, 2023


  • James stared into the dark expanse in front of him. Somewhere ahead of him was a field black with the ash of wild grass. Somewhere out in that field was ...

    May 16, 2023


  • James hesitated. "That..." "Sometimes," Cladestine went on when he couldn't finish the thought. "People see someone in trouble and recognize they're a decent person, and then they decide to help. ...

    May 10, 2023


  • "Did you get hurt?" James asked instead, not letting her evade. Clandestine sighed as she started scooping beans into a bowl. "Of course I did," Clandestine said. "Not much when ...

    May 2, 2023


  • Clandestine hesitated even longer this time. That had James worried. "It's been... a day," Clandestine said. A day. That meant James had been out for 24 hours. He found himself ...

    Apr 24, 2023


  • He turned his head, first seeing the large circle of dirt that had been carved around him, and then a small fire pit dug deep into the ground. Behind the ...

    Apr 18, 2023


  • Of course. One more thing, and it was another horse. Clandestine almost wished she didn't feel compelled to go get it, but the same heavy feeling she felt in her ...

    Apr 11, 2023


  • She'd been expecting to see blood. She'd been expecting to see the wound on his shoulder that she knew was there. But she found herself staring at a back covered ...

    Apr 4, 2023


  • She knelt beside him, setting her bag at her side, and stared at the giant syringe sticking out of his arm. The needle looked like it'd been pushed in further ...

    Mar 28, 2023


  • "No, no, no," she wheezed between coughs, knowing things couldn't end here. There was something she was forgetting. Even with the fire out, and the horses nearby, she knew she ...

    Mar 22, 2023


  • With just a few feet between herself and Elliot, the flames began to craw down the rope. Her sword was sheathed at her side. As she slowed with heavy steps, ...

    Mar 16, 2023


I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am.
— Sylvia Plath