Black as Light, Part 13

“Please state our first request.” “Oh, yes, of course. We request the chance to live in peace. We will not bother anyone and no one must bother us. I believe Manny is next?” “Yes,” Manny said. He cleared his throat. “Secondly, we ask that you approach us in a civil manner rather than charge our … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 13

Black as Light, Part 12

We all stood on the bridge the following morning, just staring at each other. Euclid, trembling uncontrollably, was held tightly between Tanith and I. The misunderstood creatures stood in fright of the knights and the knights stood in fright of the misunderstood creatures. “Release my daughter!” King Adam said authoritatively from astride his clearly trembling … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 12

Black as Light, Part 11

“Tanith!” Eva yelled. “In here!” Tanith called back from the library, where we sat with Virgil, Drago, Manny, Bede, and Euclid. Books on diplomacy and books containing copies of hundreds of treaties lay open around us. We seven would be taking care of the treaty business, but only Tanith had any idea of what to … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 11

Black as Light, Part 10

Walking back through Bottlecreek, I could believe that. Walking back to the Black Castle, I couldn't. I should have gone hiding behind my couch with all the other knights and let the kings army storm the castle. But then Tanith would never forgive me. I would never hear the end of it. I sighed and … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 10

Black as Light, Part 8

“When are you going back to the castle for the sword?” Tanith asked, sitting beside me in the library. For once, the castle was quiet since Gina had gone to spend the evening with the harpies and had dragged Euclid along with her. I assumed Flavian was raiding the kitchen again for more cinnamon and … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 8

Black as Light, Part 7

“We need the Gray Sword,” Tanith said to me one day when we were strawberry picking. “What?” I said, looking down at her. She was kneeling on the ground, picking the strawberries, while I followed her with the baskets. “The Gray Sword.” “Never heard of it. Why do we need it?” “It's the only sword … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 7

Black as Light, Part 6

The room Eva showed me to was right across the hall from Tanith's and, thankfully, none of the monsters were quartered in that part of the hall. They called it the “Human Visitors Quarters.” Ferguson wasn't considered a human. He was a werewolf to them and he seemed perfectly happy about it, so it was … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 6

Black as Light, Part 4

Her face brightened and she squealed in delight. The next thing I knew, she was suddenly hugging me and asking how I liked the castle and how well Flavian was showing me around. All I could do was simply stare at her excited face. “Another human! Another human!” And with that, the zombie went zooming … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 4

Black as Light, Part 3

“Yes, Evadne, my dear? And what do we have here?” he said, turning to me with curious black eyes glinting in the dim hallway. “Flavian, please meet Sir Shane of Bottlecreek. He's here looking for our Lady, the Princess Tanith. Sir Shane, this is Flavian--” “Duke, Evadne. Duke Flavian of Moors, never forget that, darling.” … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 3

Black as Light, Part 2

As I neared the castle, I felt my mount stiffen beneath me and was forced to dismount since he wouldn't move another inch. When I did dismount, he took off in the opposite direction, sliding and skidding down the hill, leaving me alone to face the castle. I recall muttering something to the effect of … Continue reading Black as Light, Part 2