Polychrome: Chapter 11

  Our Hero's got a long way to go before he's ready to go hero-ing...     -----   Chapter 11.   Three blows hammered against my sword, trying to deflect it from its path, and just about succeeding; instead of smashing directly into the Storm Legionnaire currently trying to take my head off, the massive blade glanced off his scaled mail. Even so, the impact was enough to send him spinning away like a pinball. Two more figures were streaking in from both sides, and this guy had delayed me just a [ Continue reading... ]

Paradigms Lost: Chapter 29

  ... and Jason is on his way to save Sylvie...   -----     Chapter 29: Intensive Combat Unit The hospital was quiet; at three-thirty only the emergency crews were around. I parked, checked my gun, and put the viewer on. I looked weird but that didn't worry me; the only thing I was worried about was that the werewolves would be able to hide from anything technology could think up. I didn't believe that… but what if I was wrong? I went in through the side entrance; I got some strange looks but no one got the [ Continue reading... ]

Paradigms Lost: Chapter 28

Jason had been presented with a nasty offer...   -----     Chapter 28: A Nice Evening Drive, With Gunfire "Why the hell not?" I gestured at the ornate gold ring. "Why not, Verne? If he's going to be satisfied with the ring, just give it to him! Then we hit him later." Verne rubbed the ring gently, turning it about his finger and making the ruby send out sparks of crimson. "The reason he would be satisfied with the ring, Jason, is because he knows that I will never remove this ring. Never. I gave my word many, [ Continue reading... ]

Polychrome: Chapter 10

  Well, Our Hero needed a bit of training (or maybe more than a bit...)     -----     Chapter 10.      "So, Captain Thunderstroke –" "Hah!" His laugh was as abrupt as his last name. "Nimbus, please. Or 'sir' when I'm training you. But if the Rainbow Lord has decreed that I, personally, train you, we are equals. Say on, then." I grinned back at him. I was probably going to hate this guy at times during our training, but I kinda liked him already. "How much do you know about the Prophecy? Is [ Continue reading... ]

Paradigms Lost: Chapter 27

  Something bad had happened to Syl...   ------   Chapter 27: Empathy and Electronics "Jason, you need your rest. It's been twenty-seven hours. Go to bed." I was too tired to jump at the sudden voice from a formerly empty space. "Verne, I've got work to do. I'm going to find that bastard and silver him like a goddam mirror. I don't have time to sleep. You heard what Winthrope told me." "About her assistant being found dead? Yes." "Then don't talk to me about sleep. Every hour I sleep could get someone else [ Continue reading... ]

Paradigms Lost: Chapter 26

  Jason had revealed some secrets...     -----     Chapter 26: Special Guest Appearance By… "What was her reaction?" "About what you'd expect." Verne raised an eyebrow. "Well, she didn't believe me, that's for sure. But she also wasn't comfortable not believing, either; the stuff Gorthaur's been up to has already got them spooked." "And she let you go rather than have you examined by a specialist? Isn't that a bit odd?" "Not really. She'd already admitted she knew I hadn't killed Jerome, and [ Continue reading... ]

Polychrome: Chapter 9

We were in the middle of a discussion...   -----     Chapter 9.   For a minute I thought he wasn't going to answer me directly. His storm-violet eyes started to turn away; then they closed, reopened, looked back down at me. "Erik Medon, this is one of the great uncertainties. Your precise fate… lies beyond any prophecy. The prophecy, in fact, ends at the moment you confront our true enemies. And as I have already told you, even the path to that confrontation is fraught with uncertainty. Die you may, and [ Continue reading... ]

Paradigms Lost: Chapter 25

Jason had gotten himself into a spot of trouble...     -----     Chapter 25: Ways to Make You Talk I looked up as the cell door opened. Renee entered. She walked over and took my hand without a word. After a moment, she said, "You okay?" "I guess," I said finally. "Am I getting out of here?" "Hell if I know," Renee said. "Jason, what were you doing over at Jerome Sumner's?" "Bending over and getting screwed by the bastard who killed him." The fury overwhelmed me for a moment; I slammed my fist into the [ Continue reading... ]

Paradigms Lost: Chapter 24

  Investigations require you to check back with your sources once in a while...     -----     Chapter 24: Gone and Dead I logged on and checked; I had a secured e-mail waiting. I pulled it up onscreen. The message decoded just as though Manuel had sent it… but it wasn't from Mannie at all. That was so close to impossible that for a moment I couldn't do anything except gape. Then I reread the signature at the bottom, and understood. * * * Mentor (or should I say, Jason?): I'm sorry to tell you [ Continue reading... ]

Polychrome: Chapter 8

  And now we return to see what happened to our hero...     Chapter 8.      He gazed tensely at the smoke and dust before him. The detonation had been even greater than he had expected, a blast that had cracked the nearest columns and left a choking cloud obscuring the area of impact entirely. Have I ended it even as it began? Or… A figure was becoming visible. The smoke suddenly cleared, and his gaze was caught and held by ice-blue eyes, filled with anger and shock, staring furiously from a salt-white face. The [ Continue reading... ]