A bookshop. Just any bookshop. It shouldn’t be. Margo is aware enough of that for it to hurt just sitting here on the rungs of this ladder that feels so familiar and yet isn’t. Everything feels the same way. Familiar and too strange. As if she’s seen this place on tv, and is busy having […]
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Moe watches for a long time after Margo is gone. She’s left a residue. Infinite progressions like chords upon the air he can play to recreate her passage. He’s filled with two absolute certainties. That he wants to help her and doesn’t know how, and that something is missing, something is new. He doesn’t understand […]
Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 35: Consequences and Things Forgotten"
Margo hasn’t taken her eyes off the castle. Those clear-cut as an amethyst green irises swirl with shadows, boil with flame. Moe watches her as intently as she watches the castle. He’s worried. He knows Margo. He knows that look. Behind him, he feels the presence of Kitty, the Seraphim. It’s indescribable, but if you […]
Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 33: Sacrifice"
In the moments of panic and devastation after the coming of the Shadow, Vespesian has long, bitter minutes to reconsider his position. Standing in his camouflage constructed from crowds of fearful, tear-stricken commoners, he curses the Mother and her damnable whimsy. The Shadow is untrustworthy and should not be in the hands of such a […]
Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 34: Game Changers"
Bodies like machines stutter, turn, twist and, in falling, collapse to pieces under the hefted might of blades both steel and AM. But for the thud of attack to flesh and bone, the gasp of breath, the grunt of effort, there is no sound. It is a silent battle, heaving beneath a looming sky, bereft […]
Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 26: War Cries"
Stuttering gunfire raddles the sea air and whips into the waves, throwing up red frosted fans of black water. The deep boom and thud of cannon fire resounds through the melee as a bass note, thrumming in the chest, the bones. The Mengel warships plough the waters swift and deadly as shark fins, aiming for […]
Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 25: Deep Rising"
Raised voices and the pound of feet upon the hill resound through the quiet forest. A rotten galaxy of hungry red eyes gleam in the sea of darkness residing within the close-clustered thrust of arrogant pine. Black serpentine limbs crawl hypnotic dances, needled teeth bare and slather and the hungered moan of five thousand starved […]
Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 24: Bad Company"
Beyond the veils, her daughters wrap themselves in robes woven from the dark tendrils of a malevolent power seeking escape from the farthest reaches of the ‘verse. Imalia lends them her assistance, coaxing the tendrils to form, deftly sewing them through one another and around the slender, shrunken bones of her beautiful daughters. When they […]
Read more "Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 23: Do As Thou Wilt"
Solomon takes the pub with him when he leaves. The walls fading around him like smoke. The arrogant lurch of Nelbottom’s spire popping back into existence, sudden as a teenager’s erection. The persistent babble of chatter becoming the soft coo of doves and the distant screech of gulls. Between Leek and Kitty, Margo’s prone figure […]
Read more "Umwelt: Darkness Flows Like A River Episode 22: Pretty Breaking Noises"
The enemy gathers off shore, blocking out the light with the looming ease of a thunderhead. They range the whole horizon, sea and sky. Fleets of Ghoric pirate ships, the great sweeping breadth of Alhabra battle-galleons and amongst them, deadly as sharks in a pod of whales, black as tar and oddly dimensioned, the spike-bowed […]
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