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Flash Fiction – Technomancy January 14, 2011

Posted by techtigger in flash fiction.
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This flashfic is part of an ongoing web serial, updated every week as a part of #fridayflash on twitter.  If you are new to Nox and Grimm, you can Click Here to read from the beginning.

This episode concludes the 12 part microfic series, that started with 12 Hours Part 1.

Nox stood in the courtyard of the mansion.  Her aura spread out across the cobblestones, marking out an elaborate pattern in bright, electric blue lines that looked like an infinity symbol, with one side larger than the other.  Her mother had warned her never to tamper with the design of a sorcerous circle, but what Nox was had created was not in any of her mother’s books. The symbol was a hybrid of science, sorcery, and elemental castings – that was the beauty, and the danger of technomancy. It could be used to combine any type of energy, and regardless of whether it worked, or left a crater in the ground, the results were always spectacular.

Nox pushed that thought aside. When using sorcery, you had to believe it could work, or it would not work at all.  She stood inside the smaller half of the symbol, gathering in energy to power the spells. Her satchel, the firethorns Brand had collected, and the shew-stone rested in the center of the other side.  She held one of her mother’s healing crystals in her left hand, and a long scroll in her right. She was just about to start when Grimm materialized in front of her.

“You did not think I would let you do this alone, did you?” he said.

“Grimm, you can’t help channel this kind of energy. You have to be human to use sorcery.”

“I can hold the scroll.”

“I don’t have time to argue.”

“Then don’t. I have decided to exercise the free will you gave me when you released me from that graveyard. Deal with it,” he said, grinning.

Nox gave him a tired smile. “All right, but I need to see the whole pattern.”

Grimm disappeared, but the scroll stayed suspended in mid-air.  Nox checked the pattern one last time, and sent a pulse of energy through it.  The flash of blue light grew brighter as it raced through the symbol, amplifying the energy just like an elemental casting.  “Part one of my theory is working, at least. Here goes nothing.”

The next step in the notes was from her mother’s list.  Bathursts’ mirror was, in essence, putting the chicken back into the egg. Or in this case, the tendrils back in the seed.  She chanted out the fluid sounding words of the incantation, and energy thrummed through the symbol.  In the other half of it, the shew-stone glowed, another good sign. Tragans Laws described the connection between a symbol, and the larger world. The shew-stone powered her mother’s stasis spell, and therefore was connected to everything that had been frozen by it. As the tendrils of the seed Nox had opened telescoped back into their casing, the effect was, hopefully, being mirrored by all the firethorns.

There was no time to stop and check her work though; the next two steps had to be done in rapid succession. As the thorns receded, they left holes inside their victims, which would bleed out if not healed.  But she could not let the seeds stay inside them, or it was all to do over again.

She did not have a true summoning jar to use for the spell by Magny, but the pocket portal in her satchel could hold a huge amount of material, and nothing could come out of it again unless taken out by hand.  The words for the spell hurt her tongue as she said them, and made her stomach feel ill. For a moment Nox thought she had screwed up and cast it on herself, as the stream of seeds flew out of the mansion toward her. She focused her will in a desperate attempt to keep the spell on track, and at the last second they skewed to the side and poured into the open satchel.

She and Grimm both let out a sigh of relief as they waited for the river of seeds to come to an end. Nox was doubly grateful for the respite.  The biggest spell was last, and she was running out of energy. She locked her knees to keep herself upright, and crushed the healing crystal.  This one required only two words to invoke.  “Be well.”  She blew the dust off her hands, and it ran through the symbol, gaining in power before shooting out into the mansion.  The shew-stone glowed, then started to dim. Nox felt energy draining out of her like water, filling in the gap as the stone failed. Cracks ran along its sides, and light shone out from them with blinding intensity.  Nox started seeing spots, and the world tilted beneath her feet. The stone shattered with a thunderous crack, and crumbled into dust.

Startled cries came from the mansion, and Nox could only hope that it had worked as the world went black.

The next thing she knew, Grimm was propping her up and the medic, Jens, was pouring something down her throat.  She gagged down the restorative brew, and wiped her mouth. “Did it work? Are they all right?”

Jens grinned from ear to ear. “Can’t you hear the cheering?”

She looked around in a daze.  The courtyard was full of soldiers, servants, guests and members of her father’s court, and all of them were celebrating.

Loki pushed through the throng to get to her side. He picked her up and swung her around. “You did it! You did it, luv!” He planted a big kiss on her, which got more raucous cheers from the people around them.

“I can’t believe it worked,” she said, when he let her come up for air.  “I never have an experiment go right the first time.”

Grimm laughed and gave her a sloppy, doggy kiss on the cheek. “There is a first time for everything!”

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1. Sam Adamson - January 14, 2011

Nox shoots, she scores! Awesome set of tales, Angie. I enjoyed them heaps. 😀

techtigger - January 14, 2011

Thank you! And thanks for all the lovely comments, much appreciated!

2. Gracie - January 14, 2011

I just read the whole marathon, and say this: *applause*

I could never be a sorcerer. I’d blow myself up in the first three seconds. 🙂

More applause for your great effort in writing this! And what a treat to have 12 whole N&G stories at once!

Oh, and by the way, I’d love to have an ebook, a print copy, or a dvd collection of the extended version movies of this. Or all of the above.

This series just plain rocks. Love it!

techtigger - January 18, 2011

thanks! I’d probably be a pile of ash and smoking boots too if I tried sorcery *lol*

It’s funny, i think it was actually easier to write the mini stories than to do a full one each week. Got in a groove, and just kept going. Not sure I’d do it again any time soon though, I don’t normally have a quiet day at work.

I think I am going to do the e-book thing. Heck, even I could use it in that format, for easy continuity checking 😀

3. Julie (Okami) - January 16, 2011

This was wonderful – what an effort this must have been! I only wish that I could have kept up with it in real time as you were posting.

Can’t wait for the next installment!

techtigger - January 18, 2011

thank you! It was hectic, but a lot of fun 🙂 Next installment is locked and loaded, I’m working ahead this week. Watch for it first thing friday!

4. Laura Eno - January 27, 2011

I just caught up on all the 12 hours and the descriptions in this were awesome!

techtigger - February 6, 2011

thank you! figuring out the whole system of magic, and technomancy has been a lot of fun 🙂

5. marijun - February 5, 2011

Catching up with the whole thing. I’m having sooo much fun! 😀

techtigger - February 6, 2011

yay! Always glad to hear that 🙂

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