The Shroud of Koji

Massive orange jade columns held up a domed ceiling painted with the scenes of the Forbidden City and the gods and goddesses who inhabited it. As we walked further into the empty building, our footfalls echoed on the black granite floors, still smooth and polished even after a thousand years of neglect. It was as …

The Jewel of Rajai- Part I

The guard’s dark brown eyes flitted between the formal invitation, its gold-trim sparkling in the mid-morning sunlight, and my cleavage, which had been powdered with flecks of gold. The dress I had picked out was long and eloquent, a mix of light pink silk and sheer lace. Pearl strands replaced fabric sleeves and matched the …

The Heat

Hot means different things to different people. If you went to Scotland, anything above 60 degrees with any amount of sunshine would feel uncomfortable, especially in the misty, lush Highlands. But in Arizona’s dry desert plains, 60 degrees feels cold and anything above 100 is stifling. Of course, any modern sailor who has spent time …

Unrequited

I had drunk more than eight shots of whiskey. Two was my limit but tonight was different. Not just because it was the end of the Aglianian war, but because it was the end of other things as well. “It’s over Lia,” he had told me. “You knew this couldn’t last forever,” he had said …

Escape

Low lying branches scratched my face as I ran through the dark forest thickets. I could feel the welts burning, bringing tears to my eyes, but I didn’t have time to slow my pace.  The moon was only half-way visible, a sinister sideways grin hanging in the sky. There were clouds, of that I could …