October 2nd, 2012 |
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Leisa leapt back as Ragnar swung at her with a knife. She slipped out of the way and flipped out one of the stakes she had tucked into her belt. His lunge overbalanced him slightly and she took full advantage of it, curving in and thrusting the stake at his heart. He threw out his arm to ward himself and managed to knock the stake down so it missed his heart by inches. Still a length of rowan through his rib cage would slow him down which was all to the good. She pushed it in a bit further before snapping it so he would not easily be able to remove it and pulling another from her belt. Read the rest of this entry »
September 25th, 2012 |
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A faint sound disturbed Ragnar’s dreams and drew him up towards wakefulness but before he fully shook of sleep something grabbed hold of him and yanked him back into the dream world. He struck out at his assailant, they were invisible in the dreamscape but as he hit home he had an impression of a black horse with flaming red eyes. A nightmare then? But why? He bore no ill will towards the fairies.
“Honoured fairy child,” he said formally even as he tried to slip back towards the real world. “Have I offended you somehow?”
She didn’t answer but her shadow wrapped around him stopping his escape, and he was vaguely aware that the sounds from the waking world were continuing. He sighed to himself. Read the rest of this entry »
September 18th, 2012 |
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David found it easier to track Anna when he closed his eyes. Meredith had managed to borrow a small minibus from somewhere and they were all squashed into it. Even Jason had insisted on coming along even though he couldn’t do anything. Not surprising since it was his sister in danger of course.
David’s reverie was broken as Anna’s presence in his mind floated to the left as the road curved gently right.
“We’re slipping off course,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11th, 2012 |
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The two people who answered Liam’s appeal for help were a father and daughter team who looked human, to David’s eyes, perhaps a little too human. There was something artfully studied about their mundanity. He wouldn’t have looked twice at them in the street. Even right there face to face with them he was finding it hard to retain the details of their appearance beyond an impression of mousy hair, hazel eyes and bland features. He had a definite feeling that he might not even remember them tomorrow, except Liam apparently did.
“Oh, I’m pretty sure you will,” the young woman extended her hand to him. “I’m Brenna, you can call me Bren if you want.” As she spoke it seemed that she grew several inches and her arms and legs became unnaturally thinner and longer, her hair darkened slightly while her eyes deepened to a rich brown and her features sharpened and developed an angular cast which while not conventionally pretty was striking. So this was the real face she’d been hiding beneath the veil of mundanity. Read the rest of this entry »
September 4th, 2012 |
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Anna awoke from a fitful doze to find a young woman with dark blonde hair kneeling beside her. She was wearing a brown linen dress which seemed more like an extra long wrap around skirt that had been pinned above each shoulder with amber brooches. Anna glanced over and saw that Caroline and Ragnar were both fast asleep, then realised that she could see the pattern on the bedspead dimly through the woman’s hand. She blinked once and pulled herself into a sitting position.
“Who are you?” she whispered. “And you’re a ghost aren’t you?”
The woman jumped and stared at her. “You can see me?” she asked. Anna nodded and the ghost woman frowned. “But I am not materialised, you shouldn’t be able to. So why… oh! Did you see anything strange during your fever?” Read the rest of this entry »
August 28th, 2012 |
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Liam certainly seemed cool with being woken in the middle of the night. He turned up on Tanya’s doorstep less than an hour after she called, a slim, dark haired young man in black jeans and a white shirt. There seemed to be nothing rag tag about him at all.
He grinned at Tanya as she led him into the sitting room. “This is quite a convocation and I don’t think most of these people are in the Order. Would you like to introduce us and explain what’s going on.”
“Remember you promised not to freak?” she asked.
“When have I ever freaked, Tanya? I am not Rhiane,” He said blandly as he settled into a seat. “But if you’re trying to make me curious then you’ve succeeded. I am really curious now. What on earth is going on?” Read the rest of this entry »
August 21st, 2012 |
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“Eh! Was that supposed to happen?” David asked as he opened his eyes. “I could hear her thoughts.”
“Well it’s a little unusual,” Meredith said. “But you’re a telepath as well…” She frowned over at Tanya, Daniel and Sarah who were all trying not to laugh. “What?” she said.
“I am sorry!” Tanya waved a hand in apology. “It’s not really funny.” She paused and pulled a face. “Oh, who am I kidding – it’s hilarious in a bitterly tragic kind of way.” Read the rest of this entry »
August 14th, 2012 |
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“Because, my dear little Anna, humans will inevitably uncover our existence, and sooner rather than later.” Ragnar was standing in the doorway and she wondered how long he’d been listening. ” Think about it, dear girl. With all the surveillance and scanning, how long until humanity spots the immortals among you? How long before simply moving no longer conceals us? How long before the science which has given us this reprieve by making people think us mere myths uncovers the fact that we’re not? And once it does what do you think they’ll do about it? I’ll tell you what, they’ll panic and turn into a mob with the high-tech equivalent of torches and pitchforks. The only thing to do is keep our existence secret for as long as we can and prepare for the coming war. Humans out number us, but we are powerful. We can win.” Read the rest of this entry »
August 7th, 2012 |
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Anna was squirmy. The word felt strange in Ragnar’s mind but it was the one that fit the way she was wriggling around, trying to kick and hit him while he held her and waited for George to drag a second bed into the cell. What would she and Caroline make of each other? They were very different people.
“It’s done, master.” George was breathing hard from the effort when he emerged from the room.
“Good boy!” he said and carried Anna into the cell, slammed her down on the bed and began chaining her to the wall. “Welcome to your new home, Anna. If you learn to behave yourself I’ll undo some of the chains.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 31st, 2012 |
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“Indeed, let’s focus on what’s important and urgent,” Daniel said. “I don’t suppose either of you got a lock on him when you chased him away from Dave?”
“Sadly no,” Sarah said. “He leapt the canal, climbed an apartment block like bloody spiderman and then turned into mist before we could get close enough.”
“Yeah, that’s what I thought you’d say,” Daniel sighed. “Pity, that would have made life easier.” Read the rest of this entry »