TCOS: Chapter 17

Peter and Lori stood on the stage in front of a house full of company members.  It had taken an entire day for them to arrange this gathering.  The effects of Despernot’s attack had been long in wearing off, and they had needed to go over what they would say.  Lori wanted everyone to know... Continue Reading →


TCOS: Chapter 16 (3/3)

(A day late because of Memorial Day, but here we are....extra long chapter! Enjoy!) It took everything in Lori’s power to walk out of the theatre side by side with Despernot.  He was calm again, as polite and pleasant as he had been for the first short while she had known him.  He even smiled... Continue Reading →

TCOS: Chapter 16 (2/3)

Aidan had suggested they search beneath the trapdoor first.  The pit of dust and bodies could be hiding any number of impossible things.  It would take time to dig—especially since he and his one arm were useless—but it was a start, which they desperately needed. They worked as quickly as they could.  Bones were shifted... Continue Reading →

TCOS: Chapter 16 (1/3)

[CHAPTER 16]: The prize of Death The shadows of dead horses leaned out from their stalls as Peter passed through the stables.  He slipped through their midst without quite knowing where he was, though he had a clear picture of where he was going.  Beneath the stage, somewhere in the labyrinth of hallways that held... Continue Reading →

TCOS: Chapter 15 (3/3)

They had been convinced, not unreasonably, that their way would be full of pitfalls.  They expected to hide from company members at every turn and assumed that the entire theatre would be at arms awaiting their arrival.  But evidently they were not as important as they had assumed. There was no one.  Not a single... Continue Reading →

TCOS: Chapter 15 (2/3)

Dawn was kissing the sky purple and orange by the time Lyle’s lonely engine reached The Masque.  It groaned to a halt in front of the platform and snorted smoke high above its weather-worn chimney.  There was no one waiting to meet it. “He ought to have someone on guard,” Peter said.  “Why doesn’t he?”... Continue Reading →

TCOS: Chapter 15 (1/3)

[Chapter 15]:  Oh, Oh Dear.  Deprived of a way to stop, Lyle’s abandoned cars came barreling through a pocket of In-shift, into a town that had previously had little to boast of other than the relative seclusion most people who passed through found envious and quaint.  Like every good town of this sort, it had... Continue Reading →

TCOS: Chapter 14 (1/1)

[CHAPTER 14]:  Lyle's Way, Again Steam curled upward into air that was already dense with fog, rhythmically sputtering away over the chug and hum of an engine.  Aidan found himself standing in the midst of dozens of down-staring shades who moved like cattle across a platform.  Most didn’t seem to know where they were going,... Continue Reading →

TCOS: Chapter 13 (3/3)

They had lost three days.  It had taken them almost a full one to find their way back out of Ostevadel and then two more to reach the dilapidated train station in which they were currently collapsed.  Peter had stopped several times along the way to do some shopping without money, as he liked to... Continue Reading →

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