First Chapter

Intro <—-* —-> Chapter Two

<<Bernard’s Perspective>>

“Humility has never been a well-known trait amongst the indel. They keep to their own country, rarely venturing out into foreign lands. This is for the best, as few kingdoms will tolerate their arrogant ways.”

beggarthumbnailNo one likes to be disadvantaged—to be born a loser. It means you’re indelfy*, the underside of civilization. Everyone knows they are nothing. They’ll spend their whole lives wearing ratty old coats handed down from charitable cousins, working for the right to live in a slum, forgotten by everyone who matters.

For the Invoker charged with the task of branding the indelfy with their station, it was almost too much to bear. The only thing that kept Bernard’s head up was the fact that he could change things for the better, and he would, even if it meant bending a few rules. The plant he was carrying into the Duke’s presence was one of those rules.

“It bloomed today.”

Though there were reams of paper cluttering his desk, demanding his attention, the Duke dropped his pen and riveted his gaze on the plant. “Magic?” the Duke asked, squinting at the scrubby green bush Bernard held.

He nodded, and hefted it so the Duke could get a better look at the elegant yellow flowers peeking around the leaves. “It will be ready to invoke within a week. All we need is Amy.”

The Duke’s face relaxed into a warm smile. “You’ll go get her then.”

Bernard glanced out the window at the towering gates separating Outer-Kaluna from the Inner City. Even assuming he could find his way once the smooth limestone roads and freshly painted pagodas gave way to the filthy huts of the outer city, there was no guarantee Amy would come with him. Amy happened to bear the indelfy mark, and it was he who had put it there. In his experience, one did not remain friends after bad news like that.

“I was going to talk to her about it today, but it may take me a while to get a straight answer. She can be hard to pin down.”

He meant for more than a few minutes, if ever, but the Duke nodded with more confidence than Bernard felt. “She’ll listen to you, Invoker.”

Bernard bowed awkwardly around the plant and started to turn away, but the Duke held up his hand to stop him.

“You will be able to pull this off, won’t you?”

“Of course,” Bernard said. No need to worry him with the details of finding, catching and coercing one of the most slippery human beings he’d ever met. He waited for the Duke to go back to his work, and when he did not, a touch of concern began to worm its way through his gut. “Is something wrong?” he asked.

The Duke nodded, and lifted a thick yellow envelope with the seal of the Western Stronghold on it. “I hope you’re swift in convincing her, because without her help I have three days to live.”

* Indelfy – A person with no involvement in magic.

Intro <—-* —-> Chapter Two

Updated 6/21/09


  1. what is ur email? I can meet u. I am 12 how old r u?

    Comment by Katie — April 1, 2009 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  2. Hey Katie, you can e-mail me any time you like at as can anyone. Sometimes I get a bit behind on my email, so please forgive me if it takes a few days to get back to you.

    I would like to caution you about giving out personal information on the net. I realize your age may not seem like much, but you’d be surprised what people can figure out from just a few facts.

    I’m not nearly old enough to be your mother, but if I told you my age you’d probably imagine me with a cane and dentures.

    Hope to hear from you soon. 🙂

    Comment by uninvoked — April 2, 2009 @ 4:45 am | Reply

  3. 🙂

    Comment by Katie — April 4, 2009 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  4. uninvoked i gotta change my pick ok?

    Comment by Katie — April 4, 2009 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  5. ok

    Comment by uninvoked — April 4, 2009 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

  6. You have a good ear for dialog, and what you have written is enough to make me read on. But, I am yearning to experience the world your characters inhabit–sights, smells, sounds–all the senses engaged right from the start. I wonder–are you planning to build your world at some point?

    Comment by darktotem — April 26, 2009 @ 10:36 pm | Reply

    • I think you’re confusing adding detail with world building itself. Structurally, my world is fine. It comes complete with magical laws, well mapped cities, perfectly laid out countries, unique races and even languages. The world itself is not a problem.

      Now as for sights, smells, and sounds–you have a point. You’ve picked up on a very bad habit of mine that comes from writing short stories. When you are asked to tell a 10,000 word story in 4,000 words or less…sacrifices have to be made. The detail usually goes first. I’m glad you caught this, although I do think the later chapters suffer more than this particular chapter. This one actually has some detail. The following chapter has almost none.

      I’ll correct this as soon as possible. Thank you for the comment. 🙂

      Comment by uninvoked — April 27, 2009 @ 4:53 am | Reply

      • Then, I look forward to experiencing your world in its entirety…soon;-)

        Comment by darktotem — April 27, 2009 @ 10:48 am

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