BEN Moonlight reflected off the mist hanging in the air, brightening the darkness. Ben reached the road and paused, hidden in the tree line, and collapsed to the dirt to tie his boots. To his left, the barren fields stretched into emptiness, and the road ran like a dark ribbon beside it. To his right, […]Read more "Chapter 10: Fire and Water"
It is possible, if you were to really try, to reach the West coast. To see ocean and to feel the warmth of the sun sinking low over the water. But it is a long journey, especially in winter. The road in front of the Eternals’ Palace is swept clean every day. The sidewalks are […]Read more "The Empty Places and the Poisoned Wastelands"
BEN It had been a good morning. Cassandra had managed to spill half the milk, fall off her stool, and get hit repeatedly in the face by Celia’s tail. Much to Ben’s satisfaction, Celia had decided to leave a nice warm pile behind her and flick some of her offerings onto Cassandra, who gagged easily. […]Read more "Chapter 9: Bad Dreams and the White Mountain"
BEN Ben swallowed, and shifted his eyes away from Cassandra’s glowing face on the display and the astronomical sum of money offered for her capture, hoping to appear uninterested, and looked to Peter. His expression was calm and serene, but his skin had gone pale. Ben tried to grab him as he turned around and […]Read more "Chapter 8: The One in Which Cassandra Milks a Cow"
Ben They walked to the village in silence, staring into the sunset. Mica held last year’s photos of Loraine and Rufus gently, so as not to crease them, while Anda braided Mica’s hair as they walked and tied it with a ribbon. Peter walked a little ahead of them. He didn’t normally do that. He […]Read more "Chapter 7: Re-Incarnate Day, the Kiln, and the Hand"
From, True Tales of Novan History: A History for Children Once upon a time, long ago, before the Last Civil War, and the Great Peace, lived a great leader: the Mother. She loved her people very much and would do anything for them, even make the greatest sacrifice of all. But her people were selfish. […]Read more "The Burned and the Eternal, a true fairy tale"
BEN Ben awoke later than usual the next morning. The sun was already up, so it was late for Ben. A headache and a fog hung over his body. Although he wanted to sleep longer, curiosity about their stranger gnawed at his stomach, or maybe he was hungry. The remnants of breakfast had been left […]Read more "Chapter 6: The Meaning of Hammer and Nails"
BEN Last time we saw BEN… (click for recap) Ben has been attempting to keep himself and his sisters out of trouble and failing. When Peter invites Cassandra, the woman who broke into their home and held them hostage, to stay for a few days, Ben decides it’s safest to let their mysterious stranger stay. […]Read more "Chapter 5: Plans in the Dark"