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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 04

Chapter 4: The Month of the Mouse, Moransday the Thirteenth. Torclach in the Barony of Selcost, Kellalh Rhona walked with her back straight, her eyes forward, her face studiously neutral. She wore clothing originally made for her father, now tailored … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 03

Chapter 3: The Month of the Dog, Turisday the Fifth. Kaessekros on the Red Isles in Kellalh The last time Alec Rathwig had stood in Kellalh, he watched a city burn. He had sailed away as flames consumed everything behind … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 02

He paused and looked east. The jumble of buildings—most of them two or three stories—blocked his sight, but the smell of sea still air reached him. Over there—he could see it from the docks—was home. Over the Small Sea were the islands of his home’s west coast, protected by a jumble of rocks and shoals that made navigation dangerous for any but the most seasoned and familiar of sailors. In his youth, he had denigrated the Islanders, called them savages and barbarians. Now, he would kiss that rocky ground if he ever stood on it.

Turning back to the laneway, he scratched his stubbled chin. He knew this city well, but had never ventured so deeply into its the warrens and alleys. Here he found the desperate and the poor. Did he belong? He had long ago fought his way out of poverty, but in some ways he remained desperate. He desperately wanted to stand again in the court of his father’s home, to hunt in the forests of his youth, and to breath its free air.

People walked through the narrow street, cut off from the sky by the overhanging upper stories of the surrounding buildings. Those structures looked old and decrepit, many tilting at odd angles. The people on the streets had much in common with the structures—ill-maintained and stooped. They watched him like crows over a battlefield, their eyes on the pack slung over his shoulder. His hand didn’t leave the elaborate, basket-style hilt of his straight-bladed sabre.

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Work In Progress – The Project

As of January 2021, my Patreon will be focused on long-form fiction. I will be posting chapters from a novel, providing at least 5,000 words of fiction each month. One chapter per month of the “official” work in progress (WIP) … Continue reading

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The Bloody Dark, Chapter 01

01 The Quirinus Corporation returned to the planet of Anesidora almost ten years to the day from when it had abandoned it. Mined out, polluted, almost a wasteland, profits from the colony had continued to decline. The Company’s revenues dropped … Continue reading

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Daugther of Glory, Chapter One

One The tears would not come. Mairwen could feel them there, in the pit of her empty but unhungry stomach. She could feel them in her throat when she couldn’t sleep, when she stared up at the stars and thought … Continue reading

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Stonefall, Chapter 1: the Call

Chapter 1: The Call The wagon bumped and shuddered as it drove over the uneven ground of the steppe. The horizon seemed to stretch forever in all directions, with only minor undulations—waves on the sea of grass—to break the monotony. … Continue reading

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Resistance: EARTH, Chapter 01: Technical Means

Chapter 1: Technical Means Thin clouds of dust drifted along his path, the force impelling them barely moving the scrub along the trail. He heard nothing but a few birds, a few small animals, nothing larger than a groundhog. He … Continue reading

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Fortune’s Soldier: A Bloody Crown, Chapter 01

Chapter 1 The Month of the Sparrow, Ferisday the Twenty-Second. Kaessekros on the Red Isles in Kellaldh She sat watching the sea. The sun set somewhere at her back, out of her view. The window of her room looked out … Continue reading

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Trans-Dimensional Skull Shot, Chapter 01: Comms

Chapter 1: Comms Chopper sat in the hotel’s lobby. He lounged in a dusty chair, feet up on a table made from something that resembled a crocodile—something big and mean and full of violence. Something like him. And then that … Continue reading

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