Part 1 Part 2
“I’m so sorry I’ve been away,” Amaleia sobbed into the creatures neck. “Everything just gets so different when you grow up.”
The horse snorted in comfort and began to lead her away from the pool. She followed with her hand on his back walking silently through the caves. The lantern she brought cast a warm light on the walls and made the shadows sway as it dangled by her side.
At first she merely enjoyed the presence of her friend as they walked in silence. But soon she found that they were in an unfamiliar part of the cave. Amaleia had thought that they had explored every nook and cranny of the expansive tunnels together. She slowed with caution, but the red horse continued its steadfast pace. Was he leading her somewhere? With a brief jog Amaleia rejoined her friends side.
I’m still working on this entry to the Random Image SciFi Writing Contest, but its getting so long no one will read it in one go, so I’m breaking it up into parts. Here is the second:
“Child,” she said softly in her crackled voice, “give me your ear.”
Amaleia felt the delicate touch Nan’s soft knobby fingers on her ear, a sign that she had learned in her youth meant Nan had something important to say.
“You have not walked in a long time, and the future is never clear.”
“Oh Nan,” corrected Amaleia, “I shan’t be gone long. We will return once the honeymoon is over.”
“Walk today child, your friend misses you. You cannot tell how things will change.”
Amaleia started. Did Nan know that secret from her childhood? Her long walks in the wild parts of the estate were no secret to the servants of the household. They had begun when her father died. She found solace in the solitude of the wilderness, but that was not all she had found. How could Nan have known?
I found a treasure today! While backing up some files I found a writing project from eight years ago that I had completely forgotten about. For seven months I wrote a blog on myspace.com from the perspective of a character lost in a strange world. It’s funny that I forgot about what I had written, but I’ve still been developing the world and potential plot aspects over the years. Here is an excerpt:
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Nothing makes sense anymore; I don’t even know where I am or how the events that have unfolded are even possible. Something is terribly wrong here. I have to get out, but I’ve gone from wandering through what I thought were catacombs, to running for my life, to being finally being captured and sealed in this tiny cavern to die. Sometimes I wish I could just perish down here. I don’t even know if I really am underground anymore.
This place blows my mind. I would love to see it in person someday.