"I am but a simple purveyor of words. A story teller one might say. For the right number of coins, I shall create you a world of your very own, where you will be hailed as its hero, its ruler….its god. Cross me, however, and you shall be cast down as its villain, the lowest of creatures. Your final fate will be most befitting…and unfortunate." - Michael L. Turner
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Long Road into Night #30
On the 30th day, it is like your
mind has been set on fire.Memories and
thoughts slowly claw their way back in.You realize that you have been lost, from the very moment you set foot
in this world.This place was not where
you belonged.It was however, where you
needed to be.
The darkness that had surrounded was
broken.It shied away from you, and fled
the beacon of light that appeared before you.Hands that seemed to hold you back were suddenly released.Though still plagued by the feelings of being
drained and exhausted, you now stagger toward the light.
The goblins have released you.Your bindings snapped as you twisted and
thrashed about on the ground.Something
was wrong.Something was right.Things beneath your skin that should not move
began to do so.In your ears you heard
the snapping bones.The sound of each
break reverberated through your body.The flesh of your back began to tear.
You writhed in agony.You screamed.You howled.The night echoed every
moment of pain, as your soul was torn in two.
At least it happened quicker this time.Also no one here was savoring your pain.When it finally ended, you stood.Once again, you were human, and the body of
the wolf fell to the ground like an old suit.Then disturbingly, it began to move.You quickly stepped away from the mass of black fur.
Right before you, the flesh of the beast
stood on its own, and began to mend.Soon its shape returned, as new bones and meat slid into place.You simply watched as the wolf was suddenly reborn,
from the skin you had just cast off.Somehow this seemed right to you.The long night needed its hunter.
In only a few moments, the wolf once more
stood in front of you, but this time you did not run.It looked from you to the others.You shake your head.It understands and nods in return.Then the wolf turned from you and headed off
into the woods.It was gone.
“That was unexpected,” the young girl with
the glowing eyes said.She had walked up
beside you.“Are we feeling better?”
You look at her, as if for the first time.
“Ellie?” you asked in disbelief.
She smiled, and nodded.
“Eleanor Casteel… is that really you?”You can’t keep the shock from your
voice.“You look so…”
“Young… beautiful… Somewhat more alive than
the last time you saw me?” Ellie mocked.“The second, I have always been, the first though has been awhile.This world is funny that way.The last of course as you know, was more
“Ellie… I’m…” you begin but she cuts you off.
“Sorry, is the word I believe you’re looking
for,” she grimaced, and then sighed.“Don’t
be.If you hadn’t shot first, then I
would have.”Her glowing eye bore into
you.“My gun was already drawn beneath
That did not make you feel any better, and
she must have seen that.
“Nikolai wasn’t going to let us both, walk
out of that room.You knew that,” Ellie
stated.“Actually, I don’t think either
of us was supposed to.”
“The Russian always did hate to lose,” you
replied, taking a long breath, and added, “At least he didn’t leave that room.”
“Good to know.Now the real question, which you haven’t
answered, or at least I haven’t asked,” Ellie started in that by-the-way tone, which
you remembered you liked about her.“What
are you doing here? Anyone can see that
you don’t belong here, at least not yet.”She tapped the side of her glowing eye.
“I lost something,” you replied.
“I can see that,” Ellie said.A sly smile crossed her lips, as she slowly
looked you up and down.
“You might want to cover yourself,” the
goblin, Sic said.“A little modesty is
still appreciated, even in this world.”
Then he shoved some clothes into your hands.
“Humans have no shame,” Hic, the other goblin
huffed.Both turned toward the giant
troll Mongo, who no longer paid attention to any of them.
Quickly you dressed and Ellie never looked
away, and that smile never left her lips.
“So now what…?” Ellie asked. “Home for you I would hope.I will say it again.You don’t belong here.”
You look at her for a moment, considering a
lie.That would never work though.This girl… woman, always could tell when you
“I have to reach the end of the road,” you
“Again…Why…?”Ellie shot back, not bothering to hide her anger.
Your mouth opened and closed with a sigh.
“I told you.I lost something,” you responded, “I also had to call in a lot of favors,
and cut more deals than I should have, to get here.I can’t just turn back.”
that case, I am going with you,” she stated, and nodded to your left.“The road is that way.”