Human Dreamer

I
am
human…
born of earth
and water
into air
to breathe
and form thoughts that reach
to clouds
floating
free of walls

collecting
into raindrop tears
that fall
into
closely gathered pools

pains
mingled

where
collected fluid
overflows
and
penetrates the soil
pleading with the ground
to swallow whole
the barrier
that restrains
paths
imagined
by
my
human
Dreamer

~

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4 – The Captain of the Guards

Chapter 4! Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the book. It will remain a permafree book on Smashwords.

Check this out: “The Lightbearer” is now available as a FREE eBook on Smashwords, including epub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) downloads, link in text. I am sharing the first four chapters here this week. The next book in the series, “Nine”, is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

TANYA CLIFF

“Shouldn’t the Captain of the Guards be out…guarding…something?”

Ajie moved to pass the tall figure blocking his way through the corridor, but Eijivar matched him step-for-step, waving his hand like he wanted to swat Ajie down the hallway and back to the grounds outside. Ajie stopped.

“Well? You are the Captain of the Guard…of Many Guards. Certainly, there is something out there you need to watch over?”

Eijivar ran a hand down his long, blond hair and brushed it over the silver-scrolled, emerald fabric of his fitted vest, as if to flick off the imaginary dirt that Ajie had dragged in from the forest. The two male Valdaren companions, similarly dressed to Eijivar, chuckled. Eijivar looked back at them furiously and nodded his head for them to leave. The look silenced them, and they both walked away. He turned back to Ajie and scowled.

Ajie, dressed in the plain greens…

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3 – The Task at Hand

Check this out: “The Lightbearer” is now available as a FREE eBook on Smashwords, including epub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) downloads, link in text. I am sharing the first four chapters here this week. The next book in the series, “Nine”, is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

TANYA CLIFF

“Ouch!” Lorien gasped and formed her hand into a fist. Drops of blood slipped out from her palm through her fingers. She held her hand close to her body and kept her back to her father, who was seated at a table in the center of the balcony.

“Lorien?”

“It’s nothing.”

The blood ran down her wrist. She grabbed the sleeve of her shirt with her left hand and pulled it over her wrist up to her fingers, grateful for the dark clothes of the Valdaren Guard she was uncharacteristically dressed in. Warm blood oozed from her hand down the arm of her shirt. The dark splotch on the sleeve grew, and she could feel thick blood pooling up to her elbow. Her hand throbbed. But where had the cut come from? Her eyes scanned the railing in front of her. She had been resting her hands on it only…

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2 – A Test

Check this out: “The Lightbearer” is now available as a FREE eBook on Smashwords, including epub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) downloads, link in text. I am sharing the first four chapters here this week. The next book in the series, “Nine”, is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

TANYA CLIFF

The Gat climbed the ladder to the top shelf of books. He swiped the boney finger of his right hand along the dusty spines, sending a small cloud of white particles into the air. He puffed through his scraggly beard several times to clear the air in front of his nose. More dust followed. He sneezed and blew vigorously. Still, his finger continued moving down the titles:

One Hundred Potions, One Hundred Cures by Finnaous Dolspringer

Gorgenyweed, Uses and Dangers by Dorian Middlesnout

Ancient Herbal Spells for Today’s Gat by Meldringfor the Gat (a Gat who had been dead for more than 200 years)

Plant use in Gates and Portals by Melvin Parnoidian

Herbaceous Curses by Doddlesnick Twofinger (rumored to have lost the other three to a particularly potent mix of Nodlesleg Weed and Brovlinine Seed)

“No…no,” muttered Mattoby. “Where is it?”

He continued along the line of books, careful…

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1 – Lost

Check this out: “The Lightbearer” is now available as a FREE eBook on Smashwords, including epub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) downloads, link in text. I am sharing the first four chapters here this week. The next book in the series, “Nine”, is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

TANYA CLIFF

“We are lost.”

“We are NOT lost.”

“Have you ever been to this place before? Does any of this look familiar to you? Loni…Loni!”

Loni continued down the path without looking back. Dovni sighed, shrugged his shoulders, sat down and leaned against a tree. His body ached, and he was hungry. They had not eaten a proper meal since setting out on their journey four days before. Now, as far as Dovni could tell, they were lost. The small men from Hill Country were a rugged sort, provided frequent meals from their well-stocked kitchens and long naps in their comfortable beds. “Adventurer” was the polite term given to those folks who fled Hill Country to avoid being locked up in one of the local jails.

Dovni pulled a loaf of bread out of his bag and tried to bite into it. He frowned. The bread was stale. He hit it…

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Cherita #7

fool rolls over in bed

sleeps through the stench
of soiled sheets

hits the snooze
on life’s wake-up call
and decays

~

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