Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ch. 4, Page 25

"Wait," Erac's Cousin said, and his familiar heard the voice in its mind. "Let me see those pages."

Erac's Cousin could see through his familiar's eyes and scanned the pages of the open book Ehlissa had thrown between her and his pet to buy her precious seconds to escape.

"Hmm...could this be The Chronicles of Keoland by Lord Kelvin Halmari?" Erac's Cousin mused to himself. "If it is the rare first edition, this alone could be worth the risks I've taken..."


Ehlissa had turned and followed the hallway north as it curved around the mage's office. There was a door on the left, but it seemed to be locked and she could not budge it. Up ahead, though, was a glass orb mounted to the wall with magic light inside it, and this light illuminated an open archway across from it in the north wall.

When she stepped into the room, the light winked out behind her. It had lasted long enough, at least, for her to see another door...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ch. 4, Page 24

Ehlissa's first instinct was to run, but she knew the dog that followed Erac's Cousin looked dangerous -- too dangerous to turn her back on -- and it would quickly free itself from under the curtain.

She glanced at the desk and noticed the open book. There might be something useful in there, she hoped. She just needed to buy herself a little bit of time to look through it. She looked around for something else to throw on top of the curtain and pin it down.  Something heavy...


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ch. 4, Page 23

The familiar of Erac's Cousin finished changing back into the form of a dog, as it wanted its sense of smell heightened for tracking. Almost immediately, it smelled Ehlissa. Without Ehlissa to follow, it would not have known where in the tower the Mage was...but with Ehlissa here, it would be easy to follow her scent straight to the Mage.


Ehlissa stood there for a moment, paralyzed by surprise. She had suspected there was something no good in the jar Erac's Cousin had given her, but she never expected to see the Mage collapse from it. Her first concern was that he was dead. Then her second concern was that he was dead and she had helped kill him.  Her third concern was that he was dead -- and she would be found with his body!

Ehlissa gathered her wits quickly and realized that she didn't actually know he was dead. He was lying very still, but from this angle, she could not tell if he was still breathing.

Drawing closer to the burnt incense in the brazier that took out the Mage would be foolhardy without some precaution. Luckily she had a handkerchief upon her person. As she covered her nose and mouth, she crept closer, hearing her own heart pounding in her chest. In fact, that might have been why she did not notice right away the soft padding of pawed feet in the hallway...


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ch. 4, Page 22

To the casual observer, Erac's Cousin appeared to be just standing idly, perhaps admiring the nearby garden. The smile on his face was far from one of contentedness, but a malevolent smirk of wicked satisfaction. And his thoughts did not even need to stray back very far to recall why he was satisfied...




Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ch. 4, Page 21

Ehlissa lifted the small vase out of her purse. She had not had the chance to examine it, but she noticed now how light it felt. It was made of blue ceramic with decorative etchings all around it.

The Mage of the Tower was less interested in the vase than an excuse to draw closer to this charming young maiden. He barely paid attention to the markings on the vase, as his lecherous brain was busy trying to come up with a plan for exploiting this girl's desperate need for information from him...


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ch. 4, Page 20

The Tower Mage grabbed his hat; he always felt more important wearing his hat. And, if he was going to make a good impression on this charming young lass, he needed to look very important indeed.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Ch. 4, Page 19

The doorman stood and opened the front door. Ehlissa was waiting on the other side.

"Please," Ehlissa said, "I need to speak to the Mage of the Tower."

The doorman looked around. He spotted Erac's Cousin, but Erac's Cousin was standing some distance back, on the edge of the lonely avenue that led down to the tower, petting an ugly-looking dog and not otherwise conspicuous.

"Do you have an appointment?" the doorman asked Ehlissa.

"No -- but this is very important. And, I have a gift for him," Ehlissa added.

The doorman seemed to mull it over for a moment, then stepped back inside .

Ehlissa considered putting her foot in the doorway, but the doorman was just stepping back to pull the door open wider. She turned and glanced back at Erac's Cousin, who was now watching her and gave her an encouraging smile and a nod.