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Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Short Little Jaunt - Part 7

The following is a short story revolving around the fantasy story 'The Wall Outside'. There will be serveral parts, one each day until Oct 31st. 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

And now, 'A Short Little Jaunt' . . . part 7

“No,” the cursed man pulled back, if only a few inches. 

Jonna’s exposed blade caught in firelight as bits and pieces of rotting flesh hung to its sides.  The smell became worse. 

“No, I did nothing!”

“Then who?”

The man’s lips quivered, as his voice became a mere whisper.  “I did nothing.”
Jonna’s demanded, “What did you do?”

“It was the tree from the faery circle,” the man continued, abruptly ignoring Jonna.  “I didn’t know.  I didn’t see the mark.”

Bob released the doorknob, turning toward them, eyes wide in shock.  “No, you didn’t!”

“What does it mean, Bob?”

“He broke a sacred pack between man and faery.  He chopped down their sacred tree!”

The cursed man dropped his head.  “It was of old wood, and the strongest magic.  It would never rot or decay.”

Bob wrinkled his nose.  “And you so are cursed to rot and decay as the wood never can, forever.”

The cursed man screamed, the flame rising in his eyes.  “It was a mistake!  One you’ll both join me in!”

~ 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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