Reset OCT (Round 2)
Paradigm Shift (Nanowrimo)
Sacred-Forest OCT Prizes
Thick as Thieves - Round 2 - Page 1Thick as Thieves - Round 2 - Page 1 by Evelyn-Cross
There was a resilient, wistful longing to remain in the darkness of that estate. It’d been the first of many homes she’d won over in such a way. To indulge in the memory brought comfort, but like time itself the dream was fleeting. The melody of insects started to fade from her unconsciousness, instead replaced by the distinctive hum of a carnival ride.
Groggily she blinked at the sunlight, groaning at the stiff soreness of her body and the sting of injuries acquired the previous day. Through bleary eyes, she recognized that she sat propped up against a wall across from the funhouse. She’d been too exhausted to bulge from that spot long, only enough to wash the paint from her face and the blood off in one of the washrooms.
Her skin was exceptionally warm; immediately making her concerned with how long she’d been out and exposed to the sun’s rays. An intense throbbing sensation, alongside a racing heartbeat was the only estimate she could make. She ra
Thick as Thieves - Round 2 - PrologueThick as Thieves - Round 2 - Prologue by Evelyn-Cross
Several years ago...
A child paced before the neatly-made bed until after a stretch of minutes finally persuading herself to sit down. The moon was full, its light straining through an oak tree and onto the courtyard that encircled the vast estate. She rubbed a forearm nervously, head tilted downward in thought.
A light tap against the window made her leap to her feet. It was the first disturbance to the quiet ambiance that consisted of a chorus of katydids. Exhaling a deep breath, she maneuvered around the bedside to see the expected guest. The moth-dragon’s pale yellow eyes followed her around the room from where he patiently sat, cat-like on his haunches. Lifting the window open slightly, the fluffy creature slipped underneath and fluttered to one of the bedside tables.
“See? Was that not simple, my dear?”
The girl bit her lip. “Yeah, it was Father, but-”
“Did you not locate it?” he asked, holding her gaze.
Her eyes fell t
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