Today and for the next few days, I’m going to start sharing some stories that simply didn’t make the cut. They are books I started working on, but eventually gave up dealing with either due to burnout, or because I simply didn’t like the direction they were going… or I scrapped the stories and started in on a new one and used a few of their plot elements.
So we’re going start of with Taryn. This story takes place in our not-so-distant future, about 100 years or so after the events of Magnifica. Taryn is the great-granddaughter of the Last Enchanter. She’s roughly 35% Elven and 65% human. Though only a small degree of Elven blood flows through her veins, she possess certain abilities that had long since been thought lost. These are enhanced by her Elven traits.
Anyway, I wanted to post these stories in case there is any interest in me continuing to write them. If I get an overall response on any of them, I’ll consider revisiting the work. Remember though, these stories are in very
Anyway, enjoy what little of Taryn’s story I was able to write:
Darkness surrounded Taryn as and her breathing became more rapid. Her head darted back and forth as she looked for any sign of life, “Hello? Is anyone there?”
An odd sound appeared in the distance, it was little more than a whisper, but nothing that she could make out.
“Is someone there?”
The voice grew louder and the darkness began to fade. At that moment, a pair of red eyes appeared in front of her. The darkness was fading fast now as a man with pointed ears and long black hair appeared in front of her. Goose bumps appeared on her skin as she took a fearful step back. Her heart raced as though she had run a great distance, “Who are you?”
The creature’s mouth open as it continued its menacing gaze. Its eyes burned as bright as the campfires she’d sat around in the woods of New Hampshire when her high school friends had gone camping. The creatures dark hair made them appear even brighter.
A high pitched scream was the only response she received as the creature suddenly moved forward and passed right through her. She covered her ears, trying to block it out, “Who are you, what do you want?”
As the creature passed through her, the pain of the scream became intolerable. She squeezed her eyes closed and cried out, hoping she’d be heard over the screaming, “Stop it!”
“Whoa, Taryn, are you okay?”
Taryn gasped as she opened her eyes, “Bobby…”
“Easy, sounds like you had a rough ride.” Bobby replied as Taryn slowly sat up. “What happened?”
She rubbed her eyes before turning to him, “It was the same as before.”
“The dreams again, huh?”
Taryn nodded, “Now I’m glad I left my door unlocked. I keep seeing this man with pointed ears. I don’t know who he is, but I feel like he’s important somehow. It’s strange.”
Bobby’s lips twisted thoughtfully, “Pointed ears?”
“Yeah, like the pictures we saw in biology…” She replied. “I think he might have been some kind of elf.”
“You mean a half elf?”
“No, his ears were very pronounced.”
Bobby frowned, “Taryn, the last elf died a few years ago. They’ve been extinct for a few years now. You of all people should know that.”
Taryn nodded and ran her hand over the point of her own ear, “Yeah… don’t remind me. Even so, that’s what I saw.”
“Maybe your own Elven senses are playing tricks on you?”
Bobby smirked as he stood up, “You should probably get up. Your hair’s a mess!”
Taryn ran a hand through her dirty blond hair and brushed it back behind her ears, “All right I’m up, now leave me alone!”
She looked over at her clock as her feet touched the floor, “7am… well at least I have time for a shower.”
Bobby nodded, “I leave you to it then.”
The moment Bobby was gone from the room, Taryn stripped out of the sweat-soaked pjs she was wearing, grabbed the towel hanging off of her bedpost, and headed for the bathroom.
The hot water pouring over her skin helped wake her up. Her hazel eyes widened as her newfound energy flowed through her. A cloud of steam surrounded her as she washed herself down. She took a few minutes to savor the serenity. College had always been something of a rollercoaster ride for her so she appreciated any moment of peace she received.
Thankfully, classes were wrapping up for the summer. At which point, she would need to go find a job if she wanted any spending money for the summer. It wasn’t something she enjoyed, but she knew that she needed to. Her parents had provided everything for her up until this point and had even taken out a mortgage on the family home to make sure that she would make it through college debt free.
Knowing that did not make life any easier for Taryn and she refused to take another penny from her parents as a result. Her goal was to pay the mortgage to make sure that the house would always remain theirs.
She grabbed the towel and dried herself off before moving to the bedroom to get dressed. She pulled open her top drawer to the usual assortment of underwear and grabbed a pair of hip huggers. Normally on a Friday, she’d go for the bikini briefs, but she didn’t have a date or any plans for the evening, so she wasn’t looking to impress anyone. She quickly slid the underwear over her legs before reaching for a bra.
Once she was dressed in her normal black capris and white blouse, she went about fixing her hair. The shower had worked wonders. Her hair was very thin, so combing out the knots wasn’t difficult. Her ears were slightly longer and more pointed than that of a full human. It was something she relished as keeping her hair tucked behind them was much easier.
Finally, she turned to her small make up case. I don’t think so. She thought to herself, not today. Taryn wasn’t a huge fan of makeup and often just went without it. Lipstick and maybe some cheek blush were about all she’d tolerate if she was going on a date, but even then, she’d often just wipe it off later.
At that moment her eye caught the digital clock on her desk. 7:45
“Fuck!” She blurted out. “I’m going to be late!”
Without a thought to her book back, she dashed out the door, down the steps, and out the front entry way. With a clear path, she dashed across campus to the main building. She was determined to minimize her tardiness.
The warm breeze that passed over Taryn’s skin was no comfort to her as she ran. The grass around her was slowly returning to green as spring was quickly giving away to summer. Typical Boston, she thought to herself. The seasons here change so quickly.
Taryn arrived at the main classroom hall with barely a few minutes to spare. The building was a large brick structure with gold lettering on the side that read ‘Arcanus University.’ She immediately proceeded inside.
She quickly made her way down the hall to room 103 and took her seat. The room was a large auditorium that seated about a hundred people, but only thirty seats were occupied. Either the class wasn’t very popular or they were just using a large room due to lack of space.
Taryn favored the back of the room for reasons she could never quick figure out. She sat down and pulled out her books as a portly dwarf sat down next to her, “Hey Taryn.”
“How are you, Merrin?”
The dwarf shrugged, “Can’t complain… much.”
“Did you break into that rock salt vodka again?”
Taryn shook her head, “You know you can’t handle that stuff. It blows right through you!”
“Hey dat shit be dwarven-made!” Merrin replied. “I can handle anythin’ my people make. Rememba that!”
Taryn chuckled, “Okay Merrin…”
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