• 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 Ferguson was with him, munching on some turnips Eva had allowed him to have. Eva herself was doing the dishes and doing her best to keep Flavian from finding the cinnamon. Drago was presumable out in the forest taking a walk with Bede as he usually did every night. Manny was quietly rearranging the books…

  • Raven, Chapter 5-c

    “I wish we could stay for the dawn,” Raven said wistfully. “Being underground, I never get to see it anymore.” Aven gave her a sideways look and grinned. “Come on, then. I know where we can go.” Intrigued, Raven laced her fingers in his and allowed him to pull her along. Their job over, they didn’t have to hide in the shadows. Even if they were suspected of committing a crime, no one would find anything more than a handful of coins on them. It made getting to wherever Aven was taking her easier. And she had no idea what the man had up his sleeve. He was always full…

  • Black as Light, part 7

    “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 Ferguson was with him, munching on some turnips Eva had allowed him to have. Eva herself was doing the dishes and doing her best to keep Flavian from finding the cinnamon. Drago was presumable out in the forest taking a walk with Bede as he usually did every night. Manny was quietly rearranging the books…

  • Arachnia, part 5

    Kali sat still and quiet in the traveler’s sitting room, her black gown spread out around her, while the traveler himself paced across the room in front of her. “I keep telling you to leave,” Kali said. “You can avoid the mental anguish if you would just leave.” Seth turned flashing blue-gray eyes on her. “I can’t.” She leapt up and grabbed his arm. “Seth. You have to tell me. Now.” He shook his head and laughed. “Oh, you don’t understand it anymore, Kali. I’ve been here for months, torturing those poor men day after day. I’m getting quite good at it. Enjoying it, even.” Kali released his arm and…

  • Arachnia, part 3

    “Very impressive,” Ebony murmured as they walked through the palace courtyard. Night had fallen and the air was fragrant with nightflowers. The red and silver flowers were in full bloom this time of year and the garden was full of them. “Thank you, my lady,” Traveler murmured. “It is only what I learned from the masters, and not even everything I saw.” “I look forward to watching more.” And I look forward to turning it on you, the traveler thought as he smiled into the dark, grateful for the hat’s wide brim and the moonless night. “I can teach you a great deal so you may continue it when I…

  • Arachnia, part 2

    “What?” Kali burst out. “You can’t!” Traveler glared over at her. “I have no choice, Kali.” She paced across the airy sitting room of her palace chambers. Black and red silk billowed out as a breeze wandered in from the balcony. Her black gown trailed on the red carpet as she paced. Traveler, now dressed in black with an equally black cloak and hat, reposed on a black and silver upholstered couch. Ebony’s younger sister whirled on him, distress clear in her black eyes as she stared at him. “How could you do this to me?” she whispered. “Those people she has imprisoned are my own agents!” He bounded to…