Story – Versas

Versas – There were people who could speak to the different ages of themselves, the different version of them throughout a lifetime. Jemma was one of those people. (Rating – PG, Genre – Fantasy, Genre – Sci-Fi).

24 found herself in a rush to the meeting.

It wasn’t exactly her fault. She was tired, she was busy, and she really didn’t want to listen to 80’s moaning that she was late again.

As soon as she thought of it, she found herself in the room. It was the same room ever time, the dining room of their childhood home. 80 had decided that this would be the easiest way to keep 5 and 10 calm, they were still living in that house in the waking world.

“Sorry I’m late,” 24 said, as she slid into her seat. This dream was not like other dreams, the room was fixed as any room in the real world would be upon waking.

“Don’t worry,” 34 said, next to her, “you’re going through a busy time huh?”

24 nodded. A cup of tea appeared in front of her out of thin air, which she grabbed hastily and slurped the caffeine loudly. God, she really needed something alcoholic.

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Story – Oela

Oela – Yela searched the site of her ancestral home, hoping to find answers before the oncoming storm of Colonists arrived in the Quadrant. What she found, however, was something she wasn’t expecting (Genre – Sci Fi, Genre – Fantasy, Rating – 12) (Picture Credit – Sweetie187, Flickr)

When Yela held up her flare above her head, she felt the world sing.

The light scattered high up into the depths of the domed ceiling above, pushing away the shadows to the furthest depths of the room. The pungent smell of damp disappeared as Yela rebuilt the ruins that she saw in front of her in her mind’s eye.

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The Book of Pattegon – Epilogue

The ancestors wanted their Magics back safely in their own corporeal arms. And that meant that the Book of Pattegon had to be stolen from the Inner Council itself. Which in turn meant that a little bit of chaos had to be created.

(Rating: 15, Warnings: violence, graphic imagery, Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure) Featured Image Credit: Panoramas, Flickr

[Want to catch up on the story? – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4]

Everald and Nettlie sat on the roof of Everald’s Speaker residences and looked up at the stars.

It was a peaceful moment. The kind of moment where Nettlie felt that she could be totally present and calm, the kind of moment that was the rarest of glimpses into what love felt like.

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The Book of Pattegon – 4/4 – Everald

The ancestors wanted their Magics back safely in their own corporeal arms. And that meant that the Book of Pattegon had to be stolen from the Inner Council itself. Which in turn meant that a little bit of chaos had to be created.

(Rating: 15, Warnings: violence, graphic imagery, Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure) Featured Image Credit: Panoramas, Flickr

[Want to catch up on the story? – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ]

Everald watched as the Raels and their cohorts filled into the Inner Sanctum, and wishes she knew how to kill someone.

Maybe not kill, Everald thought, just knock some sense into them.

Today was the day of the Inner Council, where the Raels of all the Regions, both Inner and Outer had come together to see the presentation of the Book of Pattegon, one of the books from the Old Age which taught the user how to tap into the Magics that had not been seen for years. Many Raels had been taught the basics of Magics, like those to tell them that their food had been poisoned or a person was telling a lie. However, those Magics were nothing like the Book of Pattegon, which had secrets from the Mysteries which told of humans who could talk to one another via their minds and people who could resurrect the dead. Many of the books had been lost in the Region War, which had caused the fractious split of a once great kingdom into hundreds of smaller Regions, each one governed by its own Rael.

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The Book of Pattegon – 3/4 – Nettlie

The ancestors wanted their Magics back safely in their own corporeal arms. And that meant that the Book of Pattegon had to be stolen from the Inner Council itself. Which in turn meant that a little bit of chaos had to be created.

(Rating: 15, Warnings: violence, graphic imagery, Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure) Featured Image Credit: Panoramas, Flickr

[Want to catch up on the story? – Part 1, Part 2, ]

Nettie Pattegon perched on the edge of the table, and stared at the bodies on the floor.

There was always a quiet sombre atmosphere that settled about a place when there were dead bodies in the room, with their sightless eyes staring up at Nettlie from the tables where they were slumped. This task had been quite an elaborate one to get right, especially the fact that Nettlie had managed to kill both of the pub owners with a different set of poisons to the rest of the pub just to throw in a bit of intrigue for the justice department. It would take them months, maybe even years, to work out that both poisons were derivatives of plants that grew in the same region, and even then Nettlie had only done that so the Justices had something to amuse themselves with.

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The Book of Pattegon – 2/4 – Twale

The ancestors wanted their Magics back safely in their own corporeal arms. And that meant that the Book of Pattegon had to be stolen from the Inner Council itself. Which in turn meant that a little bit of chaos had to be created.

(Rating: 15, Warnings: violence, graphic imagery, Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure) Featured Image Credit: Panoramas, Flickr

[Want to catch up on the story? – Part 1, ]

Twale hated road ambushes, especially when it was raining.

There were various considerations that had to be taken into account when it rained. For example, carriages would be driven more cautiously to ensure they did not slide off the muddy road. The drivers would be on the lookout for an opportunist ambush, and normal assassination attempts wouldn’t work.

“Bloody well hurry up,” Twale muttered, dusting off the raindrops from his coat. It was a special kind of fur, taken from the Paitsa, an animal that lived in the far western regions, which had evolved to survive in one of the wettest parts of Pangeium.

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The Book of Pattegon – Part 1/4 – Mae

The ancestors wanted their Magics back safely in their own corporeal arms. And that meant that the Book of Pattegon had to be stolen from the Inner Council itself. Which in turn meant that a little bit of chaos had to be created.

(Rating: 15, Warnings: violence, graphic imagery, Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure) Featured Image Credit: Panoramas, Flickr

Mae crept along the top of the rafter with a cat-like grace.

The noise from the dinner party below covered her movements nicely, just as she had intended. The mark sat at the head of the table, dressed in a dark silk suit which looked like it could cost most of Mae’s wages for a year.

Sometimes, Mae wished she was still part of that world, dressed in riches and dining with the most powerful people in the Nation. She missed the feel of rich silk dressed against her skin, instead of the harsh, course trousers and shirt she wore now. She had considered trying to sneak into the party under one of her many false aliases, but this Mark would be able to spot her from a mile off, however much makeup and disguises she wore to lighten her skin to pass as someone from the Outlying Regions.

Her Mark, after all, was family.

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Story – Bevra’s Gift

Loa had the potential to Shift, to take another creature’s form as her own. However, acquiring another creature’s form was a process that was fraught with danger, especially if your chosen Shift was that of the Griffin. (Genre – General, Genre – Action, Genre – Fantasy, Rating – 12, Full Story) Image credit – Carole Raddato, flickr

Picking your Shift was described as one of the most terrifying and exhilarating moments in a Lastborn’s life. It was the chance to put all the hours of training and learning into practice, where a Lastborn could choose the form that they could change into for the rest of their life.

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Story – Nightmare

Amy’s nightmares were more than terrifying. They hunted her, haunted her, and hounded her until she woke up.  Or at least, when she thought she had woken up. (Genre – General, Genre – Horror, Rating – 12, Full Story)  Image credit – wolfgangfoto, flickr

In the nightmare, the world twisted and fluctuated like the sea around Amy.

She ran as fast as she could. The creatures followed her, decaying hands reaching out and grabbing at her ankles to try and pull her into their deathly grasp. She didn’t turn to look back, but in her heart she knew that she could not outrun them.

Yet she continued to run. Her limbs moved as if travelling through treacle, their movements painstakingly slow and laborious.  The ground felt soft underfoot, even though it looked like the road that she walked down every day to get to work. Her bare feet pulled the pavement up with every step, as if she was walking in vicious mud, skin ripping as she tore it away from the surface to try and make her escape. Continue reading