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Initial post: Jun 23, 2013 11:48:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2013 9:23:35 PM PDT
Leo Little says:
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There's coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the decanters on the counter. On the counter there's a variety of freshly baked jelly and cream filled doughnuts apple fritters and I tripled the order of maple bars because they were so popular. Ice cold milk...whole lowfat skim and in the fridge beneath.






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Posted on Jun 23, 2013 11:50:35 PM PDT
Leo Little says:
A previous prologue for Rise of the Drakyn
I'll probably expand on this if I do a prequel

The sun burned through a winter-pale sky, hazed with gray clouds. The air was cold and thin, difficult to breathe atop the mountainous peak that held Drakehaven-the last city the dragons would ever build.
Mas'Ara clutched the hilt of her sword, watching as a vortex of fire twisted around the blade, melting the snow beneath her feet. The North wind lifted her raven black hair. Her crimson cloak unfolded behind her like a flag snapping against the empty scabbard that was strapped to the back of her silver scaled armor.
A dragon sat on its haunches facing her, its massive head hovering just above hers. Light pulsed from his golden scales mirroring the fiery glow of her sword. The inner glow of the dragon spiraled up the three great spikes on his head and ran down the dragon's back to the tip of his tail, which matched the length of his serpentine neck.
Mas'Ara's gaze drifted upward to the dragon's sad eyes. She saw her reflection in those soft brown orbs. Night-black hair framed a human face that she hadn't worn for more than a week.
How can I survive in this frail human form? she thought.
She closed her eyes remembering her glorious silver scaled wings as she drifted on a warm current of air. In her mind, she pulled her wings tight against her body and dove toward a grassy bank dotted with elk. Seconds before hitting the ground, she opened her wings letting the wind lift her as her talons sank into the soft flesh of a yearling.
A chill settled over her shoulders putting an end to her daydream. She turned and stared at the encroaching darkness which now blotted most of the sun's rays. In the valley below, ranks of dragons prepared for battle.
She turned back, finding her father's dragon eyes once again, but this time she saw more than sadness. She saw the pride of a father who had more faith in her than she had for herself. She found strength and hope in her father's eyes that she had lost the moment she learned she must sheathe her sword, in his still beating heart.
The dragon lifted his wings, exposing the soft scales of his breast. Mas'Ara let her gaze sink into the ground. Tears flooded her eyes, and sizzled as they fell across her blade.
Her father's voice filled her thoughts. Strike me now!
How can I? What if it doesn't work?
The dragon's voice seeped into her mind again. It is the only way to stanch the tide of darkness that threatens our world, daughter.
She swallowed the lump that threatened to close her throat. Her mouth went dry and she bit her cracked lips, letting the cold wind burn them as she lifted the Sword of Souls to her father's breast. She watched the fire play along the length of the blade. Then, closing her eyes, she steeled her resolve and thrust upward with all her strength, plunging the blade into her father's heart.
She expected the white hot fire of a dragon's death flame to engulf her, taking her life with his, but the cold winds still numbed the tips of her ears. She released the sword and let her hands fall to her sides.

She braved a peek through squinted eyes, and was nearly blinded by her father's scales. The brightness continued to seep painfully through closed lids until she laced her fingers over her face. Minutes passed before the bright red outlines of her fingers faded to pink. She lowered her hand, seeing only bright spots of gold. More time passed as the spots faded and shadows took the form of the world around her. The area where her father had been was filled now with a misty golden light that swirled in the blustery wind, as it merged into a familiar shape. Her heartbeat quickened, bringing a small measure of warmth to her cheeks.
The dragon that was her father stood before her again, except now she could see the shadows of the peaks, through his misty form. The Sword of Souls caught her eyes. She thought it had fallen to the earth when she let it go, but it remained buried in her father's heart, a reminder of the deed he had urged her to commit.
Well, done child. Together we will bring an end to Mor'Drak and the terror of his drakyn.
The mists thinned and dissolved into a fiery light that sank like a whirlpool into the swirling dark orb at the pommel of the Sword of Souls. The blade stayed aloft, held by some invisible force that defied even the shrill of the blustery winds.
Her father's voice echoed in her mind. I have become the sword. Take me now and complete the task.
Mas'Ara stared at her human hand. So much had happened. So much had changed. She took a step toward the sword and wrapped her hand around its hilt. It warmed her numbed fingers as she took it and slashed the air that held it. Power infused her hand, joining her spirit with that of the sword. The sword was part of her now, as well. It added no weight to her stroke. She slashed the air again then lifted it to the curtain of darkness surrounding Drakehaven. A drop of cold sweat rolled down her back, as fires burst from the tip of the sword. The stream of fire burned a hole through the darkness, connecting with the bright sun beyond. A wave of light flowed from both sides of the fiery stream, rolling through clouds and darkness as it encircled the world. In the wash of the swords light, there came a new cascade of fires as dragon after dragon burst into flames.
Tears welled in Mas'Ara's eyes but she held the sword aloft. Death flames scorched the land and air, rolling through the valley below. The Sword of Souls, true to its name, ripped out the souls of both friend and foe.
Smoke and ash from more than ten thousand flames fluttered on the winds as the setting sun finally peeked through the lower edge of grey, bathing the mountain where she stood and the valley below in its subtle glow. Mas'Ara's gaze fell to the sword's dark crystal pommel and there she found a swirl of gold eddying deep within the dark orb like molten ore in an obsidian sea. Her heart and arm painfully sore, she finally let the tip of her sword fall to the bare stone.
She knew it was not the end of all dragon-kind. She had shared her new human soul with her dragon brother, saving his life, though the sword took his soul. A scattered few, like her had learned the shape of the human soul. They had transformed themselves and likewise shared their souls, each saving only one dragon from the millions that perished.
Mas'Ara knew this was not the end of the war either. Liquid crystal from the seas on Aquas-the blue moon that circled their world-was rumored to block the sword's power. Mor'Drak and his ilk would have to hide for now in the dark crystal, but not forever. Not if they could twist the hearts of the humans who would soon rule their world.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 12:07:13 AM PDT
Thanks for the start Leo! I'm so sorry your wife is sick. I hope the antibiotics start working quickly for her. Get some rest... You must be exhausted too. ❤

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 1:13:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2013 1:14:48 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Thanks for the start Leo and for your story, much appreciated.
I do hope that you can get some well earned sleep and that your wife will feel better in the morning - (((Hugs)))

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 1:27:12 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ LoB
LO is still up and running - no zapps, so assume that you are free to go to bed and I hope that you will be feeling and breathing better when you wake, take care ♥

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 1:42:19 AM PDT
I am just about ready to go to bed redandwhite. Just doing some late night reading. I'm trying to finish an ebook that has to be returned to the library soon.

I hope you're having a good day at work red. ❤

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 2:43:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2013 2:44:50 AM PDT
Last month Leo told us about a book that a friend wrote and he was recommending it to us...I put it on my wish list and today it came up free.......

Lost Roses
Michelle's soul harbors an ancient spirit with a thirst for blood and a talent for killing.

Her curse becomes a blessing as she's drawn into a goblin vendetta against her boyfriend Jory. They escape to the Courts of Death to unravel the first of many mysteries. When Jory is abducted, Michelle enlists the aid of a lecherous ghost, a Wild West gunfighter, and a reformed angel of death to invade the goblin world and get him back. Hundreds die on the battlefield, hundreds still remain.

Bloody katana in hand, she cannot relent. Michelle only hopes when she's done, Jory will love the monster she's become.

Repaying her debt to her inner Darkness brings Michelle to the Vampire Planet. Victim of an alien virus wearing her away, she's tortured by her insane, long-lost vampire mother. In the throes of agony, Michelle's Darkness abandons her and is reborn as a chaos dragon intent on consuming the planet. Dark despair crushes her as Jory is murdered, but true love never gives in and never gives up.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 2:51:09 AM PDT
Leo. I hope and pray that your wife feels better today.. Take care of both of you..

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 4:02:14 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
A yellow banner for me - but it has yet again changed its cover !

Megan's Way (Family Drama, Women's Fiction) by Melissa Foster

What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.

Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance.

Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 4:47:55 AM PDT
KayKay says:
@Leo - thanks for the start and story. It is great, as always. Prayers and best wishes for you wife and yourself - hope y'all are rested and feeling better soon.

@Chemma rn - thanks for the start on Sunday. You did great and are an ole pro now.

A good morning to everyone else. A few picks for today ina little bit :-)

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 6:38:50 AM PDT
Hi Leo, thanks for the start, I am sending healind thought your way and to those in need.

I have a day off from work today. It is St-Jean Baptiste day. He is the patron saint of French-Canadians. A couple of decades ago, this has also became a national holiday in Québec. This is a big deal here with lots of celebrations. Yesterday, a friend of mine was generous enough to invite over 30 people at his cottage for a celebration. This consisted in a pot-luck supper, bonfire, singing, music (my DH is a great campfire guitar player) and fireworks. And I forgot to mention beer! I drove us home around 4am this morning. This is crazy, but well worth it.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 6:56:14 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Always love prologues. Looking forward to a prequel or Book Two of Rise of the Drakyn.
Glad your wife is doing better. Get some needed rest for yourself.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 6:59:36 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Echoing Kay. Thanks for the start on Sunday. You did good. And now ... it gets easier because the butterflies are not nearly as abundant the second and third and etc times you start. The first time you click on "start a new discussion" is the hard one.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 7:06:08 AM PDT
Howdy. I hope everyone has a good day. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 7:10:18 AM PDT
Leo thanks for starting us off today. I am sorry to hear your wife is not well. Take care, both of you!

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 7:19:14 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start, Leo, especially in light of your medical "excitement" last night - hope you and Charla are resting and that you are both healing!

From my watchlist:
Do Not Disturb (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery) - Kate Kingsbury - Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Their Separate Ways (Sacred Vows) - Michelle Sutton - Contemporary Fiction (?)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 7:22:44 AM PDT
Suze says:
Hi Printemps,

It sounded like a great party last night....glad you're off work today!! Enjoy your holiday.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 7:23:51 AM PDT
Suze says:
Thanks Leo for your talented start!

Glad Charla is on the mend.....what a beautiful name that is!

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 9:00:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2013 9:01:44 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Susan has a new toy (an iphone) and speaking of names, this toy (a she) is in need of a name. I know that a few weeks ago we had a discussion on naming objects so...any suggestions for her?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 9:14:31 AM PDT
Susan says:
Thanks Robb :)

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 9:16:47 AM PDT
Susan says:
The Circle of Ceridwen: Book One of The Circle of Ceridwen Trilogy
The historical realism of Bernard Cornwell and the mesmerizing atmosphere of Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Circle of Ceridwen.
Young women with courage. Swords with names. Vikings with tattoos. Warfare. Passion. Survival. Sheep. And Other Good Things...

It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one's steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels fifteen year old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

Lost in the frozen woods, Ceridwen is discovered by the warriors accompanying young Ælfwyn, daughter of a Saxon lord, sold against her will in marriage as part of a peace treaty with a marauding Viking war chief. Their destination is the captured fortress of Four Stones, a ruin holding glittering treasure. There Ælfwyn must keep her vow and wed Yrling - and Ceridwen must do all she can to support her new friend in the rebuilding of the ravaged village and great hall.

But living with the enemy affords Ceridwen unusual freedoms - and unlooked-for conflicts. Amongst them she explores again her own heathen past, and learns to judge each man on his own merits. Yrling's nephews Sidroc and Toki, both formidable warriors yet as different as night and day, compete to win Ceridwen for their own.

Through both guile and goodness Ceridwen and Ælfwyn begin transforming the world of Four Stones. But the threat of full-scale war escalates, and a midnight party of furtive Danes delivers someone to Four Stones who destroys the girls' hopes of peace and contentment. Now Ceridwen must summon all her courage - a courage which will be sorely tested as she defies both Saxon and Dane and undertakes an extraordinary adventure to save a man she has never met.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 9:25:16 AM PDT
Lyn says:
How are you this morning? Get your walk in yet?

I know you like Sherlock Holmes. I like the name Watson but with where you work I didn't think it would work out too well as a name for your phone.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 9:33:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2013 9:34:39 AM PDT
I must have missed the object discussion. I've named every guitar, bass, keyboard, and amp I've ever owned. I've also named every car I've ever owned..

Give it a name that fits Susan's personality, something that says this is Susan's toy. :) Naming the objects, (to me anyway), seems to make them a lot more personable, and they tend to last longer, and are more dependable.

This from a guy who has had two of my guitars for 30, and 32 years respectivly. Ivory and Ruby, and I've had absolutely no problems from them, except for having to have new frets. :)

I've got a bass named Carmalita, (my daughter named it..), because it's a butterscotch/caramel color, I've had for a couple of years now, and it's pretty much a part of the family. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 9:39:35 AM PDT
Susan says:
No walk today and it is so humid out, no outside walk tonight either.
It should hit 90 degrees today.
Sherlock..maybe? you're right, not the other :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 9:44:03 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Thanks Robert.
We have most things named here. It makes it easier to know exactly which thing we are talking about.

As for fitting Susan's personality...hmmm. Well Sherlock does fit since she is a mystery.
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