Garden 3 pt1

The night garden had a few visitors enjoying the night-blooming flowers and the nocturnal moths and the bats swooping overhead, but compared to the daytime crowd, it was pleasantly quiet. Kieran led them to a corner bathed in moonlight, that was nonetheless sheltered by a tall wicker lattice heavily overgrown with vines bearing large white flowers like five-pointed cups. Tyrel rather liked the scent of them, even from several feet away. “I won’t fit through the fence in either form,” Kieran said. “I’ll be here if you need me, but I can think of no reason you should. Leave the …

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Garden 2 pt2

(chapter continued from previous post) They lost Madoc to a miniature stone castle, complete with tower. Strange creatures lived there, rather like gangly long-limbed humans no more than two feet tall, covered with fur but no clothing, who vocalized only in screeches and chattering. Kieran assured them that they were not any type of spirit, but living animals from a bit further south and east. Nonetheless, there was something intriguing about the whole large group of them living in a castle scaled to their size, and Tyrel could understand why his brother wanted to linger to watch them longer. From …

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Garden 2 pt1

“Look ahead,” Kieran said. “You see how the road climbs somewhat, then drops out of sight? That is the edge of the valley.” “It’s almost a shame to get there,” Kaveri said. “This is a beautiful area. All these rock formations and little ravines and water everywhere, and everything green grows so big and healthy. I wonder if the people living in the city can appreciate just how lucky they are. Probably not. City people seem happier with walls around them.” Kieran smiled. “You won’t be disappointed with the Valley of Umako.” “If you say so.” Kaveri had doubts, Tyrel …

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Garden 1

A good friend and loyal fan performed a different kind of creative act recently, in giving birth to her first child on December 4th. While nothing in Garden is the fault of mother or daughter, they were certainly in my thoughts while I was writing most of this. So, with my love and gratitude… I hope the little one lets you have time to read and enjoy this, Benni! :-) ~Steph “There has to be an easier way,” Madoc muttered under his breath, but nonetheless, he continued to gather leafy stalks of the plant Kieran had pointed out, laying them …

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Meetings 9

Note: As of next week, we’ll be into a new adventure. We’ll be changing to a schedule of posts twice a week, Tuesday and Friday, so the next will be on Dec 23rd . This will give me a better chance of keeping up with it! Thanks for reading so far, and your comments are always welcome! ~Steph By early morning sunlight, Tyrel gazed in awe at the river Kieran had been aiming for. The rivers near the forts and towns were only streams, compared to this torrent. There was no sign of a ford or a bridge anywhere that …

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