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Sunday, November 11, 2012

What Doesn't Kill You - Part 2

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

What Doesn't Kill You - Part 2

It thrusts from the ground, dragging you high into the air.  Other skeletons are rising all around the campfire.

"Jump!" Bob The Pixie calls, dropping the branch he is dragging.  "Jump and I'll catch you!"

The skeleton is now about four foot tall.  He turns his head and stares with those dark, empty, eye sockets.  That does it; you jump.

You are falling.  The wind whips around and you can see the ground coming up.  The skeleton's hand flashes by; he’s trying you hit you.

Something grabs your arm and swoops high into the air.  A moment later Bob hovers, and you both stare down at the campfire.  Five skeletons have risen and they all begin to chant.

"What was, is not, and not, will be.  We call to bring the Dark you see.  Beware for when it rises here.  Whoever's found, it will not spare."

The fire shoots up; a green glow takes the camp.  You glance toward the forest edge, but the Banshee has disappeared; at least she wasn't wailing.

One by one the skeletons begin to dance around.  The tempo picks up; the dance becomes faster.  Their feet start moving so fast you can hardly make them out.

With a sudden stop, the campsite goes quiet, and one by one the skeletons raise an arm and point at Bob and you.  They begin to chant a magic spell.

~ 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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