I raised the deep green crystal to my shoulder. With considerable force and an iron will to keep my voice muffled, I dug the lines of the symbol into my skin. The pain was everywhere, though most assuredly in the spot I had mutilated, but it mattered not; my fascination overruled all else.
Click here to start with Chapter 1 I did not suffer my punishment well, hard though I tried. Sleeping while standing was no easy feat and I almost hit the cave floor on more than one occasion that first night. By morning I almost fell just to invite the deadly spear and end my torture … Continue reading The Thirteenth Quorum: Chapter 4
Click here to start with Chapter 1 Rough hands tossed me violently into the depthless cave. I wrapped my arms around myself to ward off the cold that wafted from the dark tunnel. I turned to Leif, expecting his insults and chastisement, but his eyes seemed to be tormented. “You should know better than this. … Continue reading The Thirteenth Quorum: Chapter 3
Click here to start with Chapter 1 I gingerly turned the meat on the skewer, ensuring the bake reached a perfect seared brown on each side. The Square was packed, but not with people. Lines of wood burning fires brightened the middle of our dusty village as the darkness began to give way to sunlight. … Continue reading The Thirteenth Quorum: Chapter 2
The ground seemed to rumble as the shouts, cries, and thumping of heavy feet grew closer. My hands gripped tighter the sides of the young girl’s petit head, my mind aching to stay clear. “Walk me through, Aditi, walk me through,” I whispered. The doors of the small hut began to rattle, wooden pots and … Continue reading The Thirteenth Quorum: Chapter 1