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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What Doesn't Kill You - 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

What Doesn't Kill You - Part 5

“Heave!” Bob The Pixie can see you getting larger by the moment.  Your head is now touching where your hand just was.   “By all that’s magic, hurry!”
Both of you strike the barrier.  It tries to shift, but still remains firm.  A bit of the burning smoke wafts in.

“What have they done?” Bob scratches his chin.

Where your head was is now your back; you are forced to hunker down.  “Bob, we need ideas!”

“Okay, okay,” he pretends to move back imaginary sleeves, because he doesn’t have any real ones, doubles up both fist, stares at the barrier, and then sighs.  “Sorry, got nothing.”

In an effort to avoid getting poked by the wood, your size forces you to your knees.  You’ve had enough.  With both palms, you strike the barrier.  “Move!”

There is a crack, and you realize the larger you grow, the stronger you become.

“Hit it again!” Bob shouts.

With Bob’s voice ringing in your ears, you palm it again with hands that have grown larger still.

The crack is distinct, but your size has forced you flat on the ground.  If you continue at this rate, you won’t be able to crawl out the hole.  With a last ditch effort, you single hand palm it.

The barrier burst back shooting sparks and flames in all directions.  The skeletons have built a fire around the tree.  It seems they wanted you both burnt alive.

“Crawl,” Bob points, “I’ll clear the flame!”

Grabbing up loose dirt, he creates a small pixie whirlwind to cut a path across the flames.  You grab both sides of the exit and heave, knowing already it might be too late.

~ 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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