The Trail – Chapter 18

When the Galioux landed in the clearing outside the barony proper, Eugene Everette was there alongside Aster, several servants, and his wife Katherine.  The skyship gently descended in a cloud of its own blue vapor, scattering nearby birds and woodland critters.  Katherine stood next to her husband in the open air,  heart beating quickly withContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 18”

The Trail – Chapter 17

The Galioux (as its name turned out to be), didn’t leave the docks until quarter to four in the afternoon, only because it had to wait for Veronica to return.   The captain had suddenly announced it was ready to depart to a wharf (which had no particular location or name, according to him) as soon as Veronica arrived, from where theContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 17”

The Trail – Chapter 16

Theodore arrived at the appropriate dock at nine-forty in the morning. The vessel was scheduled to depart at eleven, but he had intentionally arrived early. There was no one for him to say goodbye to. He tried to not be bothered by this, but the slinking worm of loneliness stirred in his gut. He clenchedContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 16”

The Trail – Chapter 15

Duncan Le Treu rode slowly through the woods. The day was bright but cold. His hands were tucked firmly in his greatcoat to keep warm. It was especially chilly beneath the tree canopy. The frozen light of Solus could not beat back the oddly cold spring weather. Its rays seemed fake somehow, and only confusedContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 15”

The Trail – Chapter 14

At the same time the Baron had sat down to a diligent breakfast with Duncan Le Treu, the hunter heard someone approaching from outside his cell.  He had been awake now for… many hours? It felt like the whole night. Or was it the whole day? There was no sunlight down in the Baron’s dungeons,Continue reading “The Trail – Chapter 14”

The Trail – Chapter 13

Baron Eugene Everette was having an interesting week – certainly the most interesting in recent memory. Sometimes life had a way of surprising him. The gods certainly had a sense of humor.   But “a problem is just another opportunity,” his grandfather had told him – and he was certainly an opportunist. It was all aboutContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 13”

The Trail – Chapter 12

Whilst thou take me as thy guide?  His heart drummed in his chest like thunder.   For the wood is full of dire peril,   He awoke in a swamp of chilled sweat.  And the land cries out for Pilgrim blood…  A wave of nausea, followed by a crash of horrible pain throughout his chest.   I’m alive. Continue reading “The Trail – Chapter 12”

The Trail – Chapter 11

The woman sat on a cushioned chair in the top floor of a cold stone tower; alone. Silent. With a book in her lap.   She was not reading the book – it was closed – but she looked down at its cover and imagined its contents.  Of course, she would not open it. It hadContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 11”

The Trail – Chapter 10

Slowly the man became aware again. He felt like cotton had been stuffed in his ears, and his face tingled with a strange numbness. His thoughts were sluggish and weak.  What the hell happened… He blinked in the darkness as his eyes refocused. I must have blacked out… He looked down.  He was lying propped up on hisContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 10”

The Trail – Chapter 9

He stoked the flames of the fire with what dry tinder he had, but was careful not to look into it. Instead, he huddled with his back to it – perhaps not the safest practice – but he could not afford to ruin his meager night vision by looking into the bright flames.  The fire crackled andContinue reading “The Trail – Chapter 9”