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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What Doesn't Kill You - Part 11

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 11

 They lead you to a shade tree.  A canopied bed of silk sheets and lavender trim is already waiting.  You sit down on the bed in wonder.

“Sleep.”  The fae with the purple light motions toward the bed.  “Rest.”

There is a popping sound behind you, and you hear the voice of Bob The Pixie.  “No you don’t!”

“Bob,” your eyelids are extremely heavy, “I’m really tired!”

“Nope,” he shakes his head, and snaps his fingers.  You open your eyes wide as the sleep vanishes.

He grins.  “What can be done with a spell can be undone.  Especially a sleep spell.”  He glares at the fae,“This is my human not yours,”  and turns back to you.  “The holly wood tree can be a portal to many places, but it sent you here for a specific gift, not to sleep.”

The fae with the purple light comes forward.  “Bob The Pixie, you have no right!”

“I am the guardian of this human,” he warns.  “It is my right.  If you have a gift, then you must give it.”

A murmur passes through the assembled fae.   The one with the purple light comes toward you.  “I am Bela Lugosi, but you may call me Be.”  She curtsies.  “Please, take no offense at our offering to rest.  It was only for your good.  However,” she narrows her eyes at the pixie, “Bob is correct.  It is my place to give you a gift.”

A second fae approaches, carrying a single purple petal with a lime-green throat.

“Please hold out your hand.”

You glance at Bob who gives a silent nod.  As you hold your hand out, palm up, the fae lays the petal in it.  Be sprinkles fae dust upon the petal, the fae begin to hum, and Be begins to sing.

“Sight uncanny comes to you, upon the petal clear.  It opens eyes to show surprise as magic items wander near.  Do not neglect the spell that’s set.  Do look and search the way.  The things it brings will open to your eyes a bright new day.”

As the words fade away, the petal dissolves absorbed into your skin.  You feel a tingling sensation as the magic takes hold.  With wonder in your eyes, you ask, “What did you do?”  For a moment you feel as if you could fly.

“You have been given a gift,” Be’s face glows with delight.  “A wondrous gift to fulfill a destiny.”

Bob clears his throat.  “And a mission,” he warns.  “The dark lady you met is not gone.  If you are willing to accept the challenge, then we must find the magic shards, track her down, and stop her from coming back into this world.  Are you willing to accept the challenge?”

~ 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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