New Novel Excerpt and A Small Rant

June 18, 2016

Got another segment of my science fiction novel typed up.  Still needs some beefing up, introduce a new character.  We’ll see who the good guys and the bad guys are before long.

Bit of annoyance that I feel the need to reiterate my stance on:

I was asked the other day if I had plans to start dating soon and when I reiterated the whole plan not to date until I’m done with nights, I basically got the “you’re getting older, you shouldn’t wait around” speech.  I’m 29 years old, and in a pretty good place.  However, I choose to be patient and avoid what could potentially be the same mistakes that have caused problems in the past.  Is there anything wrong with that?  No.  I’ve bettered myself in a myriad of ways and I will continue to do that.  What I won’t do is set myself up to repeat the same mistakes and irresponsible decisions that have made me a miserable fuck to be around.

Anyway, here’s the next bit of that novel.  Going back and forth on calling it “Knights of Shame”, “Soul Wars”, or something else.  I have had a really hard time giving this one a title.

In the center of a small room, sat a young woman. Stoically cross-legged, her eyes remained closed in the candle-lit haze of the room. Her gray robes concealed her lithe pale form, her willowy fingers wrapped around her knees. The door opened, triggering a swish of her red braid in reaction.

One of the Students, white-skinned and clad in black robes, stood in the threshold.

You are called to the Classroom,” he said.

Pale blue eyes flashed open at his words.

Is it to do with the shift?” she asked. He looked at her in puzzlement. “While I was attuned, I felt a shift in the harmony. A new element has emerged?”

That is purpose of your going to the Classroom,” he confirmed. “Hurry. The College convenes rarely, but when they do, the do not like to be kept waiting.”

She bounced to her feet, springing into a trot behind him. Her senses being attuned beyond the first five, she had picked up on cosmic changes to existence. Unfortunately she had refined those senses enough to fully understand what those changes were.

The Student led her through the large double doors into the great amphitheater where the College waited. Inside waited all the Students, her creators. Mysterious scholars that delved into matters of cosmic and minute significance, they fell silent as she strode to the center of the room.

I am here,” Pax announced. “What is thy will?”

The Head of the College glowered down at her.

You have spoken to about your tones,” he chided. “Remember that for the future.”

Apologies Head Master,” she responded. She bowed her head in reverence. “I am still young and have much to learn.”

See that you continue to learn,” he answered. “There has been a cosmic change. The Megaliths have fallen.”

Pax’s head jerked up, eyes wide.

I sensed the shift,” she explained. “I did not realize the significance.”

Neither did we,” The Head Master continued. “The Megaliths had a function we were unaware of. It is new information. Go, learn what you can of the individual who realized that function. Act accordingly.”

I hear and obey.”

#

The Sand People gathered around the stranger as he sat down by the fire. He was young with a haunted look in his eyes.

Forgive me if I struggle to explain,” he began. “Certain aspects of this will be difficult to comprehend.”

Who are you?” Sif asked.

I was/am/will be called Tristan,” he answered. They looked at him in confusion, having heard multiple words at once. He smiled at them. “Your ears do not deceive you. My place in time has become fluid. I was/am/will be experiencing a large segment of time at once.”

How did that happen?”

I went/am in/will go into the Megaliths,” he said. “Certain parts of my timeline are missing so I cannot recall how I came to be there. Like clouds moving across the sky. They are dissipating.”

Are you a messiah?” One of the Elders asked.

I have been/am/will be called that,” he answered. “I have not/do not/will not do so myself. What I was/am/will be is among the clouded parts of my timeline. I knew/know/will know that this does not matter. The people have/can/will make of me what they desire. Such concerns are not mine.”

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