Donna Fox (HKB)
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Rory, a charcoal grey unicorn, banged his gavel upon the desk before him. “Order please.” He called. “As Head of the Unicorn Council, I have summoned all of you because the humans have discovered our existence,” Rory explained with an indignant snort. Seated at the head of the table, he uncomfortably surveyed the gathered individuals with his pale eyes.
The Monster of Aneh-ta
Leaving the Oracle’s temples, I pull my hood up and rub the velvet ruby-red material against my cheek. I wipe the tears away as I sign to soothe my nerves and to kill the beast that killed my fiancé. The whisper of the oracle still lingers in my ears as I march through the woods in search of the labyrinth that holds the Monster of Aneh-ta. Damien took on a quest himself to bring back the creature's head but failed and, as a result, lost his life. I refuse to face such a fate myself, so now I march with the sole intent of bringing back the beast’s head and saving our noble city from its wrath. As I get closer to the labyrinth, I hear the serenade of the waterfall that guards it. I round the corner and my jaw drops at the sight before me. I watch this modest waterfall cascade into the small river below it. I expected a loud roaring presence but am met by this peaceful place. It almost shakes my resolve to where I had to fight not to turn around and go home. But at that moment, the sun shines down on the clearing and I am awash in this peaceful glow that the sun’s warmth provides. I raise my hands and embrace the warm light with a sigh of soothing calmness, and suddenly I feel a weight drop into my hands. I open my eyes to find the legendary sword or Swin in my hands. It glows with an effervescence that brings me all the courage I need to do what I must. I mutter a few words of thanks to Athena as she strengthens my resolve. Then begin to march toward the waterfall, prepared to face the enigma that is the Monster of Aneh-ta. The flickering torchlight allows my eyes to adjust more easily as I enter the maze below the waterfall, and I swallow the last of fear in preparation for my coming battle. It appears the beast has been waiting for me as I round the first corner and encounter it. Suddenly, the beast roars and my velvet hood comes off as its green breath clouds my vision. In the blink of an eye, I put my faith in Athena and she guides the sword to victory, killing the monster of Aneh-ta and saving our city.
- Top Story - February 2024
- Top Story - January 2024
Lost on Plot
Pshh, pshh, pshh. Papers flew hot off the printer, words smudged as the wet ink came into contact with another page. I shot out and slid across my companions, into the recycling bin below. I watched as more and more pages were printed and a couple followed me into the bin.