The Magic Wood

PART I   Silver-etched ferns dipped into the road, shimmering every now and again as the morning sunlight filtered through the canopy overhead. Leara kept her eyes on the way down into the valley. Though she had traveled the path every day from her cottage in the hills, the path was never the same. The …

The Fury

  Lightning streaked across the sky bathing the black in streaks of blue and purple. Not far from the shoreline, Neria could make out the faint outline of the rolling waves and the dark creatures that traveled with them. The sea witch, Fua’mnach, had come and with her, the armies of the deep. Moss and …

Forlorn- Part VII

“Careful!” Saoirse motioned to a patch of half-submerged land that no longer looked safe to stand on. Curls of waterlogged heather poked through the top of the water, waving their delicate blossoms like a siren’s song. Liam stiffened and wiped the corner of his brow, throwing his former betrothed a glare of relief and frustration. …

Plunder of Blood, Part I

Eastern Mountain Range, The Revenge Dark blood stained the deck as Captain Mai Li waded through the mess of bodies. One lad, not a day over fifteen, was shaking violently, a pool of red soaking the deck beneath him. Stopping in her tracks, the Captain crouched down to inspect the young fighter’s wounds. “Mortal,” she …

Fortune, Glory, and Death

  Fortune, Glory, and Death   Thick moats of dust clotted the air, swirling about Ya’Zi’s head as he collapsed onto his knees in the dirt.  Breathing heavily, the suffocating smell of unwashed bodies and iron settled deep into his lungs and he instinctively covered his mouth to keep himself from gagging. His muscles felt …

Forlorn Part VI

Forlorn Part VI by Shannon Leigh Rivera Tormaigh woke to the smell of smoke. Attempting to bolt upright, his head swam in a thick cloud of pain and he was forced to lie back down. The world was swirling around him and pounding against his temples. He clutched the sides of his head, rubbing his …

Forlorn Part V

It was dark by the time the King had left the woods near Saoirse’s home, headed down the mountain to the valley below where Liam’s home and people were waiting for his return. The men who stayed behind with Liam were settled around a small fire just to the south of the witch’s abode. Feeling …

Forlorn Part IV

Saoirse woke to the smell of wet dog as Ardal nudged his cold nose in the crux of her neck and then licked her face. “Get off, get off…” Saoirse muttered as she pushed the fluffy bulk of Ardal away. He whimpered and stumbled and she sighed at the sound. Her head was pounding from …

The Jewel of Rajai Part IV

The Jewel of Rajai Part IVWe left behind the temple after three days and made our way, without incident to the coast city of Lumar where we arrived to great fanfare. There was a festival being held in our honor, but we did not attend. Instead, Rahmi ordered that we would set to sea three days …