June 22, 2018

The first rays of light peek over the hills and kiss my face with a wholesome warmth. I feel more alive right now than I have in years, and glad to even be drawing breath. My pack is full but I have resolved myself to carrying what is left of this corpse.   I set… [ Read More ]

Daily Bread

June 20, 2018

Always with these roosters. You would figure a city as big as Briarglen would be spared, but between the livestock merchants and terrace chickens, here it is worse than any farm house. Now that I am up a wash and a rinse is my sole focus. Water is scarce since it must be ported into… [ Read More ]

Night Moves

June 14, 2018

It had been four days since the dead man had come to see me and Phobie had just brought the good news. His body has caught up with my prognostications and he died some time early this morning. He will be buried tomorrow so that means I will have to collect my effigy tonight before… [ Read More ]

The Arrogance of Experience

June 13, 2018

“Assume the position.” I thought I would have more time, Pilis usually spends the first hours of morning in his study. Reluctantly I drop to my knees and remove my tunic. Whack. The world opens up. Whack. Light begins to vibrate. Whack. My head is spinning. Whack. I fall forward. “Back up, I am not… [ Read More ]

The Arrogance of Youth

June 7, 2018

“Fetch the water… SET; Fetch the Water!” Without speaking I rise and leave the room with a practiced efficiency. My master Pilis is not to be bargained with. Not particularly cruel but someone 300 years old can not learn new things. He has never been swayed from an opinion or even considered what I say.… [ Read More ]

Market Day

June 5, 2018

“This will cure you. Bleed the wound twice a day.” A simple knife wound, had they come sooner he might have lived. “Take this effigy and leave it under his bed. It will absorb death’s miasma.”   Turns out dead men can walk and talk, even pay. He hands over what coins has has. “Thank… [ Read More ]

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