AN EBOOK-SINGLE SHORT STORY — A TALE OF THE ENDLANDS
The village looked as ever it did, as if Conry might have already stood, might yet stand on this hill his whole life watching, seeing nothing change. Standing alone against time, everything within this single pane of vision cut from eternal cloth. Everything the same, the village, the fane always standing, never fading away.
People change, he thought. People die. Lady Jeslyn. Old Rhen.
Life was the first gift of the gods, his father said, and death the doorway through which the gods call all folk home. Death was the gods’ final gift, and the reckoning of all folk’s lives to be made in the gods’ names.
Conry believed it. All his life, he had believed it.
He ran harder, the dead voice of Old Rhen calling him on.
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Conry is thirteen and a priest’s son when the death of the matriarch Lady Jeslyn darkens his village like a summer dust storm. But when he discovers the connection between Lady Jeslyn’s death and the murder of Old Rhen, the druid whose passing now threatens drought, Conry finds himself facing a darkness beyond the reckoning of his faith — and a power that only he can destroy…
SHADOW TO SHADOW is a 10,000 word short story, and part of the collection THE VOICES OF THE DEAD -- DARK TALES & LOST SOULS -- AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE ENDLANDS
About the Author
Scott Fitzgerald Gray is a specially constructed biogenetic simulacrum built around an array of experimental consciousness-sharing techniques — a product of the finest minds of Canadian science until the grant money ran out. Accidentally set loose during an unauthorized midnight rave at the lab, the S.F. Gray entity is currently at large amongst an unsuspecting populace, where his work as an author, screenwriter, editor, RPG designer, and story editor for feature film keeps him off the streets. More info on Scott and his work (some of it even occasionally truthful) can be found by reading between the lines at insaneangel.com.
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