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A Story for Japan – Day 1 March 19, 2011

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A Story For Japan BannerThis story is a stand-alone Nox and Grimm tale, being written to raise funds to help the Red Cross Japan relief fund.  For every dollar donated, I will add a sentence to the story.  Go on, make me write. I dare you!  To see the original post, Click Here

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Without further ado, let’s get the story started….

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Nox and Grimm sat on the roof of an old stone guard tower, a relic left over from days when the House of Winds still stood. Night had fallen as they finished their dinner, and the stars blanketed the sky till it looked more white than black. A gentle breeze kept the summer evening from being too warm, and brought the heavy scent of wild roses with it. It was a perfect night for star gazing, and telling stories.

“Aradann, evergreen,  Asphodel,  old enchanter, Azmodeus, warrior king, Berannos, fount of wisdom, Calderenne, clever maker, Darendale, fire’s queen.”

Nox paused and scrunched her face up. “Damn. I can never remember the next one.”

“Everard, fortune favored.  Though he always lost when we played cards, so I have no idea where that one came from,” Grimm said, his rumbling telepathic voice tinged with amusement.

Nox reached up to ruffle one of the hound’s furry ears. “I always forget that you knew them. You don’t act like you’re two thousand years old.”

The hound gave her a playful nudge. “Respect the ears, short-stuff. I wouldn’t have lasted all these millennia without them.”

“What were they like back then?”

What, my ears? Less furry.”

She made an exasperated sound. “No, silly!  The old Elemental Lords. I want to hear more about Lord Galen’s counterparts.”

The hound rested his head on his paws.  “They were not much different than the Lords are today, really. People haven’t changed. They are born, do stupid things, and sometimes smart things. They fall in love, have children, and it starts all over again.”

“Oh, c’mon. You must have seen all sorts of interesting things over the years.”

“To be honest, I haven’t seen that much of the world. Not since I was bound to serve your family.  Most of the time I would simply drift, neither here nor there, until one of your bloodline summoned me.”

Nox studied her friend more closely.  “I didn’t know that. Hmm… are you in any of the old stories?”

“They don’t make ballads for lowly guard captains,” he said.

“Don’t be so modest, Grimm.  The ghosts of the Wind Knights told me you were Galen’s right-hand man.”

The hound tilted his head to look at his paws. “Well, I did have hands back then. And I stood to his right at least half the time.”

“Ha, ha, very funny furball,” Nox said, and blew a raspberry at him.  The breeze blew a lock of hair into her eyes, and she brushed it aside.  Grimm had his nose to the wind and eyes half-closed.

“It is good to be out here again,” he said, with a contented sigh.  Nox let out a heavy sigh of her own, and the hound chuckled.  “Loki is fine, short-stuff. He will be here in no time.”

“Do you really think so?”

“I know it,” the hound said, his tongue lolling out in a big doggie grin.  “He’s right behind you.”

“Hello, blue-eyes.”

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1. Mari Juniper - March 29, 2011

Like Nox, I’d love to know more about the old Lords. You put the sweet in front of us and then took it away, Angie. Not fair!


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