obiwannabe over on Spell/Sword does this nifty little thing: Story on Demand. Every now and then, he asks his readers to throw an idea at him. If something clicks, he writes. Here’s something he wrote for me earlier this year. Enjoy.

Spell/Sword

Elijah leaned against the crude statue in the village green. Time and weather had done its work on the stone, its features pitted and scarred. The unknown founder’s face was unrecognizable, but it still stood its ground, keeping watch.

The old soldier ran a whetstone down the edge of his greataxe. Both edges had been grief-sharp for an hour, but he pushed the stone again and again. He stopped, and looked up into the battered face of the statue.

He could relate.

Across the dark green, the sounds of music and merrymaking spilled from the general store. The people of Jackson’s Grove had been saved by the skill and steel of the Ghosts of Gilead, his comrades.  They had shaken off the terror of the unholy attack, buried their dead neighbors and immediately insisted on a party in the adventurer’s honor. Elijah was always surprised at how quickly people could…

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3 thoughts on “

  1. Loved the story although I stumbled a bit on the prose. Especially loved the artwork that went with it and I do agree on the coolness of the paper semon. Podcastle had a good sad story called the Paper Menagerie that had living origami in it that you may like.

  2. His work needs a copy editor, but his stories are awesome. And, yes, he has a way of picking the best pictures to go with his stories. I wish I had his photo/art stock.

    You should check out his latest for me. Another stunner.

    I like making him work! Maybe I *should* be an editor…

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