A Shadow of All Night Falling - Part 2: Hunters of Worlds

Interlude V: In Dim Eclipse

© 2006 by E. Liddell


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He crouched in the lee of a ruined building and waited for the youma to pass. He lacked the will to blast them. It had been a long time since he had cared enough about the world around him to rouse his powers.

He couldn't remember who he was, or how long he had been wandering the ruined city. Remembering would have taken too much effort. He could not force his mind to see past that one terrible memory of a blast of energy, and a slender body falling back...

Twinge.

The strange feeling roused him to groggy semiconsciousness. What was that? I felt...

He spread his senses over the city, probing for the source of his disquiet. And brushed up against something familiar.

Impossible. He recoiled, then reached out again. He's supposed to be dead! I saw him die. But, oh, if that other were alive...

He suddenly became aware of the state he was in. His clothes had long since been ripped to rags, his boots were worn almost through at the soles, his hair was matted and unkempt and, like the rest of him, filthy.

I can't let him see me like this. Reflexive vanity. How long had it been since he'd been capable of such a thing? I need a bath, a change of clothes, and a hairbrush. Not that I'm going to find any of those things anywhere around here. And he did not dare create them. He was a deserter, after all. He was hunted, although he suspected that the hunt had become sporadic after so long.

He ran his hands through his hair in a futile attempt to break up the worst of the tangles. Perhaps I am finally going mad, he thought. But if so, he recognized madness as more wholesome than the state he had been in for this past... however long it had been.

I will find him. And this time... this time, it will all be all right.

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