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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Skull In The Water - Part 8

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 8

The tiny ropes reach the cage, but instead of entering they begin the chore of weaving themselves upon it.

In anger, the dark lady throws a curse.  "You shall never leave!  Never!"  Little by little the firelight is replaced by the darkness of gloom.

"Bob, do something!"

"I am," he suddenly smiles looking around the cage.  "Don't you see?  Her magic isn't that powerful.  The ropes she sent can't penetrate; they have to stay outside."

Even the heat from the fire can no longer be felt, and the cold of the forest creeps in.  You look around not convinced.  "So that helps us how?"

"Don't you see?" Bob begins to skip around the cage.  "It's the natural magic of the pixies!  It's nature battling against her will, and she doesn't like it!"  He gives a big grin.  "Watch this!"  With one swoop of his hand, a shower of golden pixie dust flows in all directions.  As it touches the cage, the ropes begin to sparkle turning transparent like glass.

Through the distorted view is the dark lady, glowering with rage.  She points her finger at the cage.  "No, you cannot!  I am in control!"

The tiny ropes do not listen, but continue to change into beautiful crystal lengths.  The origins of the ropes are clear now.  They came from the dress that the dark lady wears.

"No!"  She tries to pull back, but it is too late; the crystal ropes have taken hold.  As they touch the hem of her garment, a dazzling light shines.

~ 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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