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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Untold Secrets - Part 7

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

Untold Secrets - Part 7

The fish-like creature is back, and stares at you thoughtfully.  In his arms are your clothes, dried and neatly folded.  “I see you are better.”

You swallow, while still attempting to stay on your feet, but the dizziness makes it hard to focus.  You point at the ruby.

“And intuitive as well,” he nods.  “A device for your protection; nothing more.  Once you leave our domain, it can be removed.”

Stepping closer, he waves a fin adorned by a bracelet close to the jewel.  The color changes from red to green.  A bright green emerald now hangs around your neck and the dizziness passes.

“Thank you.  You said ‘can be removed’.  Is there a reason why I wouldn’t?”

“There are many reasons, but you will find those soon enough.”  He hands you your clothes.  “When you are changed, the council is ready.  I shall wait outside.”  He turns to head back out the doorway.

Placing the clothes upon the small tray, you reach up for a better look at the necklace, but, the moment before your hand touches it, nausea hits.

You quickly move your hand away.  If he thinks you want to keep this, he is sorely mistaken!  You start to dress, careful to avoid the gem.

As if on cue, he returns as you finish.  You two are alone as he leads you down the hall.

Footsteps echo; the slightest movement creates a noise.  You don’t see anyone else until two huge, gold, doors appear with carvings on their surface.  Most of them show sea creatures, but it is the one at the end that catches your attention.  It shows a gem in the middle of a cave.  Beside the doors, two fish-like guards hold tridents.

As you approach, one of the guards step forward; the trident he carries taps loudly on the floor.   “Sir,” the guard bows, “enter please.”

Your guide bows as the two gold doors whoosh back, and the air from the hallway equalizes with the air inside the room, delivering a sweet pungent odor.  There are six other fish-like creatures inside the room, lounging in tubs, not unlike the one you had recovered in.

“You may sit there,” the being with you points with a fin.  There is a small platform with a crudely made chair, probably created just for you.  The being then moves to the center tub.   As he arrives, a guard steps up and announces, “The trial of said warm-blooded creature is officially in session!”

“Trial, right,” you mumble out of hearing, but it is not out of hearing, and one of the fish-like creatures responds immediately.

“Warm-blooded, cocky statements will not help your case.  You invaded our waters, not we yours.  Hold your tongue, or we will remove it for you.”

Sheesh, who knew they had such good ears!

~ 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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