Category Archives: fiction


EE10 – New Directions

Note: EE8, EE9, EE1b, and EE10 are all “old news” in a way. My original plan with these short stories was to write overly-detailed exposition for a little writing exercise. What I found, however, was a desire to explore new directions; each time I looked at one of these I felt like writing entire chapters, […]

EE9 – New Dawn

The sun rose slowly over the horizon, a bright ball of fire burning the morning dew off of the canvas tents. All was still in the encampment, the residents therein concealed from the crisp morning air for a few moments longer. They were all eager to start the day, though not before the morning light […]

EE8 – Citadel Celebration

The city bustled with excitement, a merry time of year had arrived for those who wished to observe such occasions. Many citizens had taken to the market squares and public meeting places, their growing anticipation for the days ahead removing any of the usual barriers that divided them from the rest of society. It was […]

Sailing in Place

I stepped out on to the deck, the cool ocean air hitting my face as the cabin door swung open. The gentle rocking of the ship seemed to almost lull one into a false sense of security, as though we were in the arms of a loving parent rather than the millions of unforgiving gallons […]

EE1b – Dreaming

Laughter echoed into the dimly-lit hallway, joyful sounds traveling on rays of light spilling from the opening. A shadowed form approached the source of the noise, eager to enter the inner area where the others had gathered. He moved slowly through the doorway in efforts to remain unnoticed, though it wasn’t long before someone in […]

The Widgetmaker

"Gah, it doesn’t work!" he cried, tossing the piece of equipment into the corner.  He instantly regretted his decision, and was relieved to find that it had landed among a collection of blankets lying there.  "I guess not doing laundry can pay off." mused the male, slumping back into the couch.  The clock on the […]

EE7 – The Teacher

The children laughed and ran through the forest, eager to roll in the soft grassy meadow and climb the smaller trees that shaded the winding path. Traveling through the forest was a small price to pay for the beauty of their destination, and each week when it was time to return to the valley they […]

EE6 – Training Exercises

Upon first glance, the nature scene seemed perfectly serene with nothing out of place. It could have been a painting, really, with the soft moonlight shining down through the trees and onto the water’s calm surface. Not a sound could be heard aside from the gentle splashing of a small waterfall at the far end […]

EE5 – The Spartan

Long blades of grass rustled softly in the breeze as the first rays of morning light appeared on the horizon. Not a single animal stirred, no movement could be detected save for the gentle sway of prairie grasses. Even the dew seemed to hold fast in silent protest against the rising sun that would burn […]

EE4 – Morning Preparations

On any given day, one could walk through the courtyard and hear a myriad of sounds. At times it was cluttered with clanks and clangs of steel upon steel, a sure sign that a training exercise was taking place. Some days it was peaceful, almost serene, with the carefree songs of birds filling the air […]

EE3 – Scouting New Lands

Two shadows fell across the edge of the creek, their outlines nearly merging to become one form. It could be assumed both were cast by humans, their slim builds and straight stature of youth revealing one as male and the other a slightly shorter female. The shadows paused and separated slightly as they stooped to […]

EE2 – The Scholar

"Finally. At long last that’s one down…only four to go." She let out an exasperated sigh and slumped back in her chair, the fatigue already beginning to show on her face. This was taking a lot longer than planned and the night was still young! Stacks of paper and piles of books cluttered the dimly-lit […]

EE1 – Changing of the Guard

A cool breeze blew gently through the camp making tent flaps rustle and fold in an eerie rhythm. The full moon hung proudly in the sky causing small spots of moisture on the grass to glisten like a thousand tiny stars. No sound could be heard, the birds and small animals that usually frequented this […]