The Cave of Memories...Pt.11The Cave of Memories and the Late Afternoon DebatePt. 11The rumpet-drawn cab thumped and jingled its way into the outskirts of Zelmak. The hefty dino-bird warbled and yarped vigorously as the vehicle swerved in and out between the loaded donkey and pony carts, the crowds of market folk and customers, and the Greeblik and lummox coaches dropping off and picking up streams of passengers.A carved Yggdrasil talisman swung on one corner of the cab, while on another hung a winged Arkan Sonney or "Lucky Pig."Arthur rode in back, huddled amid his luggage. Face wan, he stared glassily at the noisy, packed streets. After an exhaustive, harrowing morning of fleeing from rampaging, magically-induced lice, being dosed with insecticide, and nearly being swallowed whole by une belle dame sans pitié (A.K.A. Niamh the Golden), he just wanted to sit back, relax and forget all his troubles. But he couldn't. The unsettling
The Arcane Book FindersPt. 10 The Arcane Book FindersPt. 10 Tullugaq trailed the scent until it abruptly ended at a curb on Corbett Street. Now what? Stepping onto the street, she sniffed around a bit. The odor of large padded feet convinced her that either a bus beast or taxi had stopped here a few minutes before.Exhausted and whining pathetically, she slumped down next to some nearby hedges. She was feeling thoroughly depressed as well as baffled. As she was following the perfumed trail into the very posh regions of Norbie Hill, she found that the thief was running hard in a panicked flight. Actually, it was more like flouncing hard, because high heels and a long flowing dress encumbered this person.Tullugaq suddenly recalled the spa
The Facts of the Matter--Pt. 9 The Simple Facts of the MatterPt. 9While Kes busied herself in the clutter explosion that was once the kitchen, Gorynych settled herself comfortably at the living room table. There were chairs, but Gorynych doubted they could support his massive bulk, so he squatted on his haunches with his tail coiled around him. He started looking around at the many interesting things adorning the room. Beautifully made clothing of sewn pelts and embroidery hung from the walls as well as the rafters, along with all kinds of ornamented objects. He also noticed numerous shelves full of old books on plants and animal identification, carpentry and home improvement, woodcrafts, bush lore and trapping."Golly," murmured Gorynych in amazement. "Feels like I'm in a museum here." Something warm and furry brushed against his foreleg. Looking down, he saw it was a young cat, a black and white tom with very big feet and feathered wings.&
The Unexpected Surprise--Pt. 8 The Unexpected Surprise (and Shock)Pt. 8 As Kes and Gorynych walked toward the house, the front door opened. The dragon stood motionless, staring at the strange creature that emerged from the doorwaywalking apelike on its hind legs. Its front paws clasping a bean cake. It looked somewhat like a fox, but it was much more larger and bulkier. Its paws, however, weren't like that of any regular canine, being more like those of a monkey or raccoon. "A kitsune!" Gorynych exclaimed. "Fire dog," Kes corrected. "His name's Sigrid Phenerix," She crouched downed and cooed gently at the canine. The fire dog dropped its forepaws and lunch to the ground, wagging its fluffy tail and trotted to her. Gorynych flicked his ears in bewilderment at the lively conversation between the twoguttural churring, ch
The Unexpected--Pt. 7The UnexpectedPt. 7 So while Dr. Akern pondered the problem of ramidreju procurement, a drama was unfolding at the river. Kes was feeling rather down in the dumps, even though today was turning out to be really sunny with a clear blue sky. As usually, she felt she needed to bathe in the river but the deep green of the slow moving water suddenly gave her the creeps. Who knew what nameless horrors were lurking just beneath the tranquil surface? With her hands in her pockets, she ambled slowly along the riverbank. Then suddenly she saw a sign, a fairly new one, which read "Crabtree Hot Spring." The sign pointed to an unfamiliar, steep and rocky trail that followed the river, staying on the north side. "Now this sounds interesting," she said aloud. "I wonder how far do I have to walk."Crabtree Hot Spring turned out to be not far at allonly half a mi
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