Now, I have no qualms about sharing my work, mind you. In fact, I would love and appreciate some feedback. I do belong to a critique group online. I wish there was one here in my little town. But half the people here who are writers (and half the population are writers) write fiction and its all based on Alaska. Or memoirs. Anyway. Let's get down to it, shall we? I'd like to post from my current WIP I am revising and editing. Legend of Black Rose. So here goes and I do have to warn you, it may be long:
Sweat trickled down his brow, missing his eye. It ran down his cheek and the droplet fell from his jaw, mingling with the earth. He did not pause to mop his forehead. His garden was a labor of love, his only calm in his chaotic world. One he would gladly pour his blood, sweat and tears into.
High above, light from the twin suns filtered down through the trees. At this time of year, the smaller of the suns trailed far behind it's older brother. The summer days were hot, the light long lasting. The height of summer would be upon Croggen's home soon.
Home, he thought, pausing in his work finally. He straightened from his hoe where he had turned the dirt and stared beyond the motes of dust he had stirred. A small cottage sat off to his right. The sunshine illuminated it in such a way it seemed to glow. Was this truly his home? He had no wife preparing a meal within those walls. No children played in the field beyond. He looked down at his left wrist where two black roses were caught in an eternal bloom. One each for his wife and son. The sadness of their loss still weighed heavily on his heart even after all this time.
Digging into the earth once more, he worked to push thoughts of his lost family from his mind. After all, nearly three hundred years had passed. Twenty Ages, fifteen years per Age. The ache in his heart felt only days old.
High above him, in the trees, birds sang out. They called to each other, called to him, but he stayed bent over his work. After some time, he paused again, tilting his head.
“Rose,” a female voice whispered into his mind, a gentle breeze. She pulled his thoughts away from his past and his task.
“An urgent matter has risen. I require your services once again.”
“I am yours to command, goddess.”
“Why so formal today, Rose?” she asked. “Ah. Yes, I see now.”
Fizanu, goddess of Justice, had gently pried into the mind of her Champion.
“As always, Rose, I ask if you desire me to release you from your duty.”
“Do you no longer need me then?”
“As long as there are injustices in this world and those who cannot right the wrongs against them, I will always need someone like you.”
“Have you found a worthy replacement?”
“No,” she said after a long silence.
“Then no, m'lady. I do not desire to be relieved of my duty just yet.”
“I would take away your pain, should you so choose.”
Croggen leaned heavily on the handle of the hoe and shook his head.
“There is no need, Fizanu. Were you to take away my pain, you would strip me of my memories. You'd take away the essence of who I am and why I walk this path. I would no longer be worthy to do your bidding.”
Another silence stretched out before she spoke again, this time giving him the information he needed.
“You must travel to Pilgamore in Jenlakai. The King and Queen are in danger.”
“War?” Croggen asked as he continued creating the row he had begun.
“If this were merely an act of war, would I be bothering to summon you?”
“No, but if Quagha Li'endrin is invading –”
“He is not invading. At least not yet,” she cut across his thoughts. Images flashed in his mind, her impatience made them flicker quickly. Croggen continued turning the soil.
“Rose,” she spoke within his mind suddenly, the images had stopped. “What are you doing?”
“Working in my garden,” he responded, ignoring her tone.
“I need you to leave at once.”
Rose looked at the row he worked, noting he had almost reached the end.
“I won't be but a moment,” he told her. “I always finish what I start. This is no exception.”
“Time is of the essence,” she said. Her words were clipped.
“I understand the urgency. A brief moment will hardly make any difference.”
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