Well adjusting to my new job and location took longer then I thought. With the holidays behind us I am hoping I will have time to work on my writing once more, and I have taken the suggestion to do small snippets of an ongoing web fiction in this blog in the Mandatory Paradise world. This will be supplemental to the main story, and contain some of the characters form the book in it, but from a different point of view. As I get back to writing, I hope to start updating this blog on a regular basis once more.
Below is the first snippet from this on going web fiction:
Curano liked familiar things. There was something about a well-worn path and often repeated steps that made one feel secure. As a member of the Legion, security was something important to him. It was obvious from his profession that he wanted Nimoa to be secure, but he also liked to know his place in the world, for it gave him value. He had a dim memory of a woman who once liked change and all the chaos that it brought, but it was not that important obviously, because as soon as he thought of her face all of his thoughts would slow down and get fuzzy. So instead of focusing on her he focused on his patrol, as he weaved slowly around the Labyrinth that ran along the islands inner walls.
He turned to his left and smiled at Sagea, a member of his Legion that was for lack of a better term, his partner. They always seemed to pull the same duties together, and he spent a decent amount of time with her after hours drinking wine and commenting on gossip they had heard about other members of the Legion. That was all they were, and all they could ever be however, for her knew she loved another member of the Legion. She would never be with him as more than a partner, and Curano was fine with this. He understood Sagea and even if his life seemed on hold as he never ventured to meet new people, it was a life he understood, for the same things happened every day, and that brought him contentment.
A series of loud noises and then a shriek brought him out of his internal enthrallment, and he unslung the shield that had been resting on his back, and then pointed his spear outward as he shifted paths towards were the sounds were coming from. Other’s might get lost in the twists of the labyrinth but he and Sagea knew those tunnels more than most knew the markets and quickly he was at the location of the noise. His spear shook when he reached around the corner and saw to his surprise something that he had not seen before, a fabled basilisk!
Shivering underneath it was a younger woman, clad in ragged red robes and twin bracelets. Strangely the woman who he was sure was the source of the shrieking seemed to be giggling as it licked her! She appeared to be an Artist, and those fomenters of change were pretty stupid, so it was possible her wits had left her and she did not realize it was obviously about to devour her. The beast towered over her and twice her size. It had a head like lion but it’s body was covered in scales, and flames misted from it’s eyes as it continued to cover he in saliva.
He could see Sagea facing her shield between herself and the beast as she circled, to get near it’s flank. The basilisk began to move his head towards her, and Curano remembered there was something deadly about it’s gaze so he rushed forward with his spear, Dancing into it as he did so that his spear flamed with power, and the basilisk’s head exploded. Sagea almost rolled backwards from the explosion, and before he could tell his partner that all would be fine, he got a good look at the Artist who passed out after he destroyed the beast that was threatening to her.
The earlier thoughts, of a woman who caused chaos and delight solidified once more as he realized she lay unconscious before him. At the same time that he knew he had never seen this Artist, he knew that she had once beneath most important woman in his life. How was that possible? Images of himself in red robes with jade bracelets as if he was an Artist too drifted through his thoughts, and he shook his head to clear the obviously false memories. Without thinking he let his body go through the motions of picking the woman up off the floor and saying the words that she was to be tried for the crime of unlawful entry into the Labyrinth before fog over took him again, and he heard his body as it crashed to the floor and darkness overtook his sight.