This Dark Madness/Forever Never

Fireann leaned in and wrapped her in his arms, his strength allowing her to be vulnerable for a moment, as both of them found comfort in something familiar and warm. He pulled her close to him and covered her hot head in soft kisses, digging his fingers into her thick, damp locks. Continue reading This Dark Madness/Forever Never

Out of the Mouth of Caves/Forever Never

If none other on their world understood male pride, the Warrior was very aware of its mighty force. He knew how he would feel, and wanted to be as fair to them as he would expect for himself. He walked away, but looked back briefly and asked, as an afterthought, “Were there no animals in their company? Nothing on four legs? No great cat?”

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To Save a Warrior/Forever Never

“But be ever watchful for that which seeks to deceive and destroy you. It will not always present itself in the ways that are obvious to you now. The deadliest poison often lies in the sweetest bloom, while the ugliest branches can bring forth the nectar of life if harvested carefully. You know this to be true. Now you must reawaken this knowledge and nurture it as your roots to the Earth of Domhan.” Continue reading To Save a Warrior/Forever Never

The Room of Knowledge/Forever Never

Slowly he related the things which he remembered. It wasn’t really difficult, for he had had these dreams over and over for many cycles now. Not every night but enough so that he felt sick when he talked of them. Even as the words left his mouth, he regretted their release; for perhaps that is where the birth of the inevitable truly lay. In the knowing.

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Naofa’s Lament/Forever Never

Suddenly, she stopped and turned, determined to face her tormentor. ‘Of course’, she thought bitterly. Naofa felt a manic laugh rising in her chest but terror squelched it before it escaped her lips. There in the shadow of a gnarled, lifeless tree, stood the wolf, its red eyes glaring back at Naofa like burning embers-cruel embers that threatened to sear her soul this night. The visage bared its yellowed teeth and continued to laugh. Continue reading Naofa’s Lament/Forever Never

Waiting/A Warrior’s Home/Forever Never

Forever Never/The Dawn of Illusion by Cheryl Pennington copyright images and words 2015 As Naofa, Rith, Carraig and a fearsome friend make their way to the homeland of the strange humans who stumbled upon the Sorceress during a moment of … Continue reading Waiting/A Warrior’s Home/Forever Never

The Land of Jinetes/Forever Never

Forever Never/The Dawn of Illusion by Cheryl Pennington copyright 2015 Into Jinetes A Warrior’s Welcome As Naofa, Rith and Carraig prepared to leave Eagna to make their way into the rocky land of caves, so Eolas and Laoch were readying … Continue reading The Land of Jinetes/Forever Never

Under the Blood Moon

Forever Never/The Dawn of Illusion by Cheryl Pennington copyright words and photography Under the Blood Moon The Living Scrolls The new moon was blood-red. Eagna gazed at it from her window in amazement. Whenever the crimson wonder rose on Domhan, … Continue reading Under the Blood Moon

The Cave of Mysteries/Forever Never

Forever Never/The Dawn of Illusion by Cheryl Pennington copyright word and images As the females in Espera get acquainted with the Warrior and Hunter, Naofa makes preparations to journey to the land where mysterious cave dwellers have been toiling since their birth, working at the express instruction given them by strange images left on their walls…and what of the stones they collect and store?  She is determined to find answers…. The Cave of Mysteries “I cannot let you go alone, Sister,” argued Eagna. “These little men are so..strange.” She looked furtively over Naofa’s shoulder, lest one of them be near … Continue reading The Cave of Mysteries/Forever Never