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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Skull In The Water - Part 5

The following is a short story revolving around the fantasy story 'The Wall Outside'. There will be serveral parts. It uses some of the characters of 'The Wall Outside', but is not part of main book. 'The Wall Outside' is currently available in digital format at

The Skull In The Water - Part 5

You jump forward, miss a step, and trip.  Struggling to your feet, all the red eyes turn to stare.  A deep growl comes from all around the circle, and you see the pack leader stand to his feet.

"Now, now," the dark lady calms the beast.  "Remember, we were expecting this one too."  She turns to smile in your direction, the long fangs completely visible.  "So you would like to join our fire?"

Bob The Pixie rushes to the wall of the cage shaking his head vehmently.  He points a finger at the pixie dust.

You begin to relax, caught in the eyes of the dark lady.

"That's it my pretty.  There's nothing to fear.  Come closer child so I may take a better look."

Your feet begin to move against your will, slowly as if through molasses. An image of a friend sitting on the beach flashes through your mind.  'She is a friend,' you tell yourself, but a part of you won't believe it.  A part of you still sees the dark lady for what she really is.

"No," Bob shouts, "don't look at the eyes!"

One step, two.  You can hear the beating of your heart, the flowing of blood in your veins.  The closer you get, the louder they sound, and all the time you hear the lady's whispered words, 'Come closer, come closer.'

You are there, standing only inches from the face with the fangs, but you cannot turn away.  You watch as your body leans forward, obeying the dark lady's every word.  She turns your head gently, hungrily watching the pulse on your neck.

"No!" Bob shouts out, striking the cage so hard it rattles back and forth.  "No!" he throws himself against the small door, over and over in an effort to break it open.

Something pings; it is a tiny sound but nonetheless there.  The cage has scooted closer to the pixie dust.  He stretches his hand between the bars, reaching, reaching.  His fingers can touch the bag, but cannot grab hold.

A low wail begins to issue from the Banshee near the clearing.  That sound is the hearld of death, and you can see yours approaching in the shape of long sharp teeth.

~ James William Peercy

For those interested, what is 'The Wall Outside' about?

Step across the barrier and what will you find?
A place of magic just out of sight?
A pixie, a leprechaun, or even a sprite?

What starts as a vacation, turns into a mess. For Jonna, there's
more at stake than meets the eye. Through pouring rain,
misdirection, and a curious mind, Jonna crossed the barrier
between our world and magic.

Now forced to return across the barrier, Jonna battles Dark Mages, angry leprechauns, and a ruthless Minotaur, all in an effort to find his wife. To do this, he must locate the stolen Rune Blade and rescue a beautiful elvish princess.

But what can a human do when faced with a world of magic?

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