February 4, 2008

The Princess of Eight shifted her parasol ever so slightly, exposing a portion of her face. Under the shadow cast by her pastel-pink bonnet, a single shining iris caught the light, and her eye met those of the man across the room. Raising her left hand, she crooked a finger imperceptibly.

With a lurch, the man’s body responded. Abject terror came over his features, as he jerkily lifted one foot high in the air, moved it forward, and planted it on the ground in front of him. Then his back foot moved. His neck was rigid, but his eyes rolled down, trying to confirm with his sight what he knew to be true. His mouth worked, but no sound came out. Eventually it set in a rictus grin as he stopped concentrating on speech and instead tried to stop walking.

Body spasming, fighting control and panic in equal measures, he stepped across the threshold.

In an instant the mists were upon him, and he vanished from Grell’s sight. When they dispersed, all that remained was a red puddle on the floor.


Revolution Comes

January 14, 2008

Grell slammed against the wall.  Dust liberated by the impact billowed out and fell upon the scene.

A young face appeared.  “What is her name?” he demanded.  Impossibly young.  Grell tried to rise, and felt the pressure of an invisible hand against his throat.  Too young, but it was there.

“Revealer of Silver,” he rasped.

“Yes.  Revealer of Silver.  Not the Revealer of Gold.  NOT the Revealer of Lead!”

Grell coughed.  “Why do you – ”

“Names!  Names have a point.  Titles must be carefully adhered to, or else they become broken, and then all that is left is chaos.”  The young face looked over his shoulder.  “Some of us would like to prevent that, Princess.”

The Princess of Eight, a figure in delicate pink, shifted her parasol and favored the pair with a ferocious grin.  Abruptly, the pressure on Grell slackened.  Pushing himself up off the wall, he stood with one hand braced behind him.

So.  The Princess of Eight.  A silent Walker in Twilight.  The Revealer of Silver. Grell’s eyes shifted to the young face, who was eyeing the Princess uncertainly.  And a Man in the Mists who favors precision.

This was going to be interesting.