Looming Battle

Brunhilde held her younger sister’s hand, as they walked through the makeshift village. It was a bleak morning, promising to get bleaker if the cold wind billowing flags and tents held. Aasfrid struggled to match Brunhilde’s brisk pace and she was tempted to take her sister in her arms to reach their destination faster. Aasfrid…

Web of Lies

“I don’t believe you.” I said for what must be the hundredth time. “Why would I lie Beryl?” I didn’t know. I wasn’t clever enough to figure it out. But he lied. My parents would never have sold me out. Even if I was a magician. Which I didn’t believe either. I looked up; he…

Cruel Beauty

Standing at the edge of the river by the hollow tree, Freya hesitated. It would be easy to give up and retrace her steps back to her house. Nobody would know she’d come. And life would continue as before. Only it wouldn’t.  She reached for the silver coated dagger at her belt; courage. She needed…

Sleepless Nights

“Go and chase your dreams darling.” Her mother said the day she left the house. Most people would think it a colloquialism; a way for parents to encourage their children to find their own way in a world, which wasn’t always kind on young ones like her. For Philomena it was different; not that her…

Loyalty

She kept the taper close to her chest, as she walked through the corridors. She took every step with care; she couldn’t risk being found. The sentence was easy to guess; no one would believe she was here by inadvertance. One needed to know the ways to get here. She avoided going close to the…

Fragile Prison

They ensured the sealing of the portal was complete. Once they did, the members of the circle finally breathed easier. It had been weeks since they last rested. Now they could. Although all knew the power lying behind the sealed door was merely dormant and not destroyed. They didn’t have the strength or magic to…

Bitter End

“I was in love with a man the world did not want me to have.” “Why?” She shrugged; why did people decide that someone should or should not love another being? “Don’t you know at all?” Of course she did. Now. But not then. She hadn’t understood. She’d rebelled, she’d cried but nothing did anything….

What Makes a Hero?

There were pools of blood in the courtyard; many had died so that one might be saved. Well two rather, but one didn’t count as much as the other. In the mud lay two gigantic men, each in their own way: one in strength and courage, the other in power and magic. What would History…

Worlds in Danger

The three of them had been digging for hours, the world around them dark and humid. It wasn’t good, Danik grumbled. There was something unnatural about being this deep. Pleore knew he was right but they had their orders; whether they liked it or not they must obey. It wasn’t as if they could do…

The Goddess’s Island

Joshua pulled himself out of the water, weary and exhausted. His hands hurt a lot more on the pebbles of the beach that they should. Dragging his tired body on the shores he looked over his shoulder: the ship was gone. It was as it was supposed but still; one didn’t come here without consequences….

Where The Crows Gathered

The Stenham house was an ancient locked thing and nothing returned there except for crows. At least, that was what most people thought in the area. And they were happy for it to stay exactly that way thank you very much. The Stenhams had been freaks of nature unfit for life in normal society. Words…

Wood Nymph ~ The Price of Freedom

She spurred her horse to a gallop and reached the forest fast enough. She cast a glance behind her before leading Gawain through narrow paths between the trees. Despite the tears blurring her vision, she directed the stallion carefully. Few would dare follow her here. She would be in trouble when she went back but…