Saturday, April 25, 2015

Planet 014.666.2460 - Chapter One

Planet 014.666.2460

Today we rejoin 3su, our Trader throughout the known verse.
She has received news of the worst kind and must unravel a mystery that threatens her future
as well as her life.

I stood before the columbarium pillar containing my parent’s cremation ashes. I arrived almost six months too late to attend their funeral. Leaning forward, I placed my hand on the carved surface of the pillar. The pillar was not new to me. Mom and Dad always thought ahead. They had the it carved years ago after seeing the Goe’ze pillars on Muldavia. They were both archeologists and appreciated beautiful, ancient ruins. The Goe’ze pillars are one of the wonders of the universe. Their surfaces reflect and refract the breathtaking sunsets of Muldavia. This pillar, my parent’s memorial tomb, was artificially enhanced to radiate the colors from within along with a holographic image of my parent’s, smiling lovely, out from just above their niche. The pillar was carved years ago and set in storage to await their needed time. That time came much too soon.
Marstead Grievus shifted his weight as he stood at my side. He was Mom and Dad’s solicitor. When I informed him I had arrived he offered to meet me here, at the cemetery on the site of the UOA. I accepted the offer with my heartfelt thanks. This was not easy. My parents were still young, just in their seventies. They hadn’t even talked about retirement. They were so happy doing what they did, being members of the Universal Order of Antiquities. My parents were experts in their field. If they did not discover it themselves, then they were called in to consult with whoever did make the discovery.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Yaltzee, Shift!" Chapter 8 - The End

Clara came running into the clearing.

“Nadia? Come quick Ruloth and Hirador are at it again. I think they might hurt each other. I can’t get them to stop.”

“That’s what we get for having two male dragons instead of a mated pair,” Nadia huffed as she got to her feet.

“Hurry please,” Clara said anxiously.

Nadia looked down at Duurun. It had taken a lot of effort on his part to get out to this meadow. It had been slow going.

“Clara, can you bring Duurun along?” she asked.

“Sure, just hurry. They were at it tooth and claw when I left,” Clara said with a frown.

“I’ll see you back at camp,” she told Duurun.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Yaltzee, Shift!" Chapter 7

Nadia found Duurun sitting on a sunny boulder at the edge of the stream. His hair was wet and he looked tired even from the back, but he was fully clothed this time. Clara was wading and flicking water playfully at him.

“Morning, Nadia,” Clara called as she saw her friend come up behind the shifter.

“Morning,” Nadia sang back. She came up and sat down beside Duurun on the boulder. “How are you this morning?”

“Better,” Duurun answered. He sat quietly studying his hand. “Thank you.”

“I don’t deserve thanks,” Nadia countered. “I never should have left you. I had no idea Warren was torturing you like that.”

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Yaltzee, Shift!" Chapter 6

Nadia pounded on the door to Warren’s wagon until he threw open the top half with a growl.

“What do you want?” he snarled.

“I want you to leave Duurun alone,” she said through clinched teeth.

“Duurun?” Warren asked through an alcoholic fog. Who the hell was Duurun?

“Yaltzee!” Nadia almost hollered. “You touch him again and I’ll…”

“You’ll what?” Warren shouted back.

He slammed open the bottom part of the Dutch door on his wagon and bounded down the steps to stand towering over her.

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