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A to Z Challenge; The Black. #AtoZchallenge



“There are other words than these.” So said Jake as he fell after the Gunslinger let go of him in his chase for the magician Walter. King spoke true. There are many worlds stacked above each other.

 

For B, The Black is front and forward. A dragon that will be familiar to anyone that has read the full chapter on here under Dragon Stone.

Is The Black dangerous, sinister and evil? Always there are two sides to an argument. It’s very easy to answer yes.


 

Smith…I see you.

Wayland started. There was evil in his mind. Cold words creeping across his unconscious conscious and rich in melancholia. Glancing round he was drawn up to the plateau where The Black was reared up on hind quarters unfurling huge six ribbed wings ending in curled talons. Webs of weathered skin spread out over them and leaving the horned tips protruding at the rear. It’s neck stood proud and layered with scutes whose edges shimmered in a purple haze where the sun reflected. It was the eyes that captured Wayland; for these were settled right upon his.


 

Extract from “Letters of The Amanuensis – A Chronology of Events – Private journal.” Edited.


 

 

I’m looking at parchments describing a battle, treachery and annihilation. The solution must be here. It has to be. Dragon Stones join the dots, but where are they all?

ENTRIES SKIPPED

Two. There are two found. A black and green. Hard as obsidian and glowing in the hands of those joined to their beast. The blacksmith has one and a wizard another. Black for the blacksmith and The Black beast. Figures. But the green glows not. The wizard has yet to find his dragon.

I believed they were all dead and long gone. The dead fields glow white in bones when the sun rises. Man, elf and beast together. I must know what the wizard seeks and where the Smith lies. I will try to commune with The Black. It is dangerous, but I must know.

ENTRIES SKIPPED

That was foolhardy. The beast is neither dead not living. It is a relic out of time and space. Despite my protections, it…

I must know. Why is it not gone like it’s ancestors? Why is the Smith connected? I must explore his trail more. The wizard too. These stones are powerful and remain undocumented.

 

 

ENTRY TERMINATED


 

The Amanuensis rested his head upon hands that were locked together. Beside him the parchment used to commune with The Black lay withered and scorched. Unreadable.

To his right in another pile of notes rested waiting to be examined once more. C for child. Another piece in the jigsaw. The girl who should be dead, lived in another world. C for Chloe LeSage.


 

Atop a cliff, some leagues away, The Black saw the man crouch down and stare into the dragon’s eye. In that moment it saw more of the mind inside the flesh. Haunted and split in two worlds.

Locked doors hid memories the Smith was no longer seeing. The dragon knew the man was dead in the other place and walking this one with purpose, and not knowing why. Muscles flexed along its spine and Stygian wings unfurled with the rise of head as its maw moved side to side tasting the winds. Death and silence still reigned in the lands this side of the forest barrier, even now after so very long.

The beast knew where Wayland was travelling; he had the Eye after all. Picked up off his slain rider at the end of days when dragon kind was swept from the world. None but The Black remained and he was as dead as the Smith in another world. A shadow lingering in the wastelands haunting those that bled through in death. Lonely in vigil over a once sacred place that now housed the remains of the past.

Ethereal white fire filled the sky in rage and anger. The Smith was safe as long as he bore the Eye of the Black.

 


 

 

I hope this proves entertaining for some. For those who know of my work then it might seem muddier than it did before. The Amanuensis is searching, like me, for answers in unwritten manuscripts. His notes are invaluable and it is a privilege being able to examine his texts. Limited though they are.

Feel free to pass judgement in the comments section. All words are welcome. More so with The Blacks tale which is destined to be picked up again this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former research scientist the became the primary stay at home Dad for two children. Writing has always been factual in the previous life but always had a fascination with fiction but never been brave enough to develop it further. A comfort zone thing. Science writing is familiar, fiction is not. Hopefully the blog will provide more confidence and lead to a change in career writing from home around children!

39 Comments

  1. Woow.
    You mentioned about The Eye and this slightly reminds me of Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. I have watched the movie and yet to lay my hands on the book!
    Also was the link to Dragon Stone supposed to lead back here..?

    Cheers,
    Dream

    • Get the book. I read it then saw the movie and there are significant differences. One being the girlfriend being different lol. If you like YA then it’s not a bad read at all. I’m intending on reading the rest as a result.

      The link to Dragon Stone pulls up posts tagged with it. This is at the top yes, but the ones under it are the actual full chapter if read together. First is actually called Dragon Stone at the bottom (about 4 posts down the list) they read upwards in order. I did consider directing straight to the first part, but being first it doesn’t uplink to the others yet.

      • Oh okay, I’ll explore all that in a while!
        Ohh I didn’t know that but it is not surprising, most movies based on books have changes. Some minor but some so major that you end up laughing!!
        I love reading absolutely anything, so that book goes right into my list for this summer!

        • I’d call the movie a major change. Still enjoyed it having said that. In fact you have inadvertently reminded me I need to update my GoodReads reading challenge. I have several reviews to do their!

            • Ha, ha, yes. And I must find the sequels too! I feel I have to do the other one now, the blogger currently doing it only went and nominated me after I dropped in with a comment….Mind you…since you read too, then maybe it’s one for you as well lol

  2. This style is intriguing. Bits and pieces of the manuscript without giving away the big picture. I loved the way you described with minute details. Two down! 24 to go! (not trying to scare you :P)

    • It’s helping me if nobody else to get up to speed with the slush pile lol. I’m up to F, having a moment with that too…finding material for every letter is pretty challenging lol

    • Lol, yes…it is questing for answers. In fact every letter will relate to something I’ve written. So far so good…although it’s only day two 🤔 No doubt the brothers will appear at some point!

        • I thought you might, but one is trying hard not to give away spoilers. I don’t mind mentioning stuff I’ve put on here, but everything else is…well, the Scribe is my narrator. Thus far you only missed yesterday. C is scheduled along with D already. E in progress and have to do Marjes post too!

  3. Ok. I will admit, it’s a little muddy for me. But I feel that something is being fleshed out here that I want to know more about.

    • Lol, sorry Jennifer, its an A to Z through my manuscripts. Four of them in fact along with dips into notes for future ones. My challenge angle is from the Scribe who is trying to piece together what’s going on. I kind of hope his confusion is reflecting why it appears muddy.

      I want to show characters and disconnected excerpts as teasers, and not actually give anything away as spoilers. I’ve not done anything like this before so if it’s actually wanting people to know more then it’s doing the job I kind of want!

      Many thanks for your comment x

  4. Great to see you back at your blog again, dear Gary 🙂
    And don’t exclude your thoughts…always find it intriguing to read more about how the mind of a writer works 😉
    XxX

    • Thank you Patty, it’s been a while and I’m using the A to Z to dip through my manuscripts to get in touch with them again. I guess these might reflect how my mind works too 🤔 xx

  5. Arlee Bird says

    Black can connote many bad and evil things, but it’s also classy, mysterious, and even sensual. I like to see a woman dressed in a black outfit. I used to have a thing about always dressing in black–and that was before the Goth movement.

    More well written snippets.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out (A)

    • That it can and the choice was deliberate in this case because it’s stone is that colour. I’ve only written one chapter in this tale so far and it’s beginning to ask for more now. As for the goth movement…have to say back in the day it was a very intellectual circle. No surprise Ades girlfriend from yesterday’s post is, in fact, a goth!

      Many thanks again for the kind words.

    • Thanks, tough bit is inviting people in, but not giving too much away at the same time. Most of it is past tense on stuff the Scribe knows, but isn’t yet published. Really appreciate you letting me know things are working as posts at the moment too 😊

    • Thanks Marje, it’s serving well to make me go back through my work and try to give me new ways to tackle projects that interlink. Not giving too much away at the same time is not so easy 😊

      • I know what you mean Gary. I found that really tricky with my character interviews there is SO much I could have said but I had to hold back. Didn’t want to spoil it for my readers!

        • Definitely, it’s actually not as easy as it sounds in that respect. That said writing as a fictional Scribe is rather interesting. Never expected that turn of events!

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