April 27, 2012

Shadows is here!

The Story So Far…

Kes

Robin’s blog serial fiction.

  • Episode 1. In which we meet our heroine, who is on the brink of a major life change.
  • Episode 2. In which our heroine sticks a pin in a map.
  • Episode 3. In which our heroine decides that sticking a pin in a map is as good a way as any for deciding one’s future.
  • Episode 4. In which our heroine becomes interested in real estate.
  • Episode 5. In which there is the prospect of a dog.  Maybe.
  • Episode 6. In which our heroine arrives in New Iceland.
  • Episode 7. In which our heroine unplugs a campfire.
  • Episode 8. In which our heroine chooses a rose-bush for travelling companion.
  • Episode 9. In which our heroine hesitates before telling us her name.
  • Episode 10. In which our heroine finally does tell us her name.
  • Episode 11.  In which our heroine pets a dragon and sees a shadow.
  • Epidode 12. In which our heroine takes a bath, and dreams of attack mushrooms.
  • Episode 13.  In which our heroine falls in love with a restaurant and meets a cheerleader.
  • Episode 14. In which our heroine reads real estate flyers.
  • Episode 15.  In which our heroine steps across a threshold.
  • Episode 16.  In which our heroine hears a funny noise.
  • Episode 17. In which our heroine watches the cellar door open.
  • Episode 18. In which the possibility of local coyotes is mentioned.
  • Episode 19. In which our heroine discusses HP Lovecraft with her realtor.
  • Episode 20.  In which the realtor withdraws a surprising object from her handbag.
  • Episode 21.  In which our heroine has a flashback.
  • Episode 22. In which a writer and a reader compare perspectives.
  • Episode 23. In which our heroine sees something huge and looming in an alcove.
  • Episode 24. In which our heroine gives a huge looming thing in an alcove a name.
  • Episode 25. In which our heroine finds out that her house however already has a name.
  • Episode 26.  In which contracts are printed.
  • Episode 27.  In which contracts are signed.
  • Episode 28.  In which our heroine spots a used bookstore.
  • Episode 29.  In which our heroine answers an email containing an ultimatum from her best friend.
  • Episode 30.  In which Serena lauds our heroine’s new vehicle.  Potential new vehicle.
  • Episode 31.  In which our heroine meets her new vehicle.  Potential new vehicle.
  • Episode 32. In which our heroine and Merry survive their first excursion together.
  • Episode 33.In which our heroine receives voice mail from Mr Wolverine, her divorce lawyer.
  • Episode 34. In which our heroine receives an attractive invitation.
  • Episode 35. In which our heroine goes home for supper with a friend and meets the friend’s son. Who did turn the oven timer on. Just.
  • Episode 36. In which there is a cold spot in the front hall.
  • Episode 37. In which we learn a little more about Serena.
  • Episode 38. In which our heroine meets a knitted boa constrictor.
  • Episode 39. In which there is another funny noise.
  • Episode 40. In which our heroine admits she has a job.
  • Episode 41. In which our heroine admits further that she is a writer of fantasy, and that her latest book is ninety-seven gazillionth on Amazon.
  • Episode 42. Serena hasn’t yielded yet, but she is losing the struggle against a web site to sell her art.
  • Episode 43. In which a curious shadow lying in front of the door to cabin seven greets our heroine on her return.
  • Episode 44. In which the shadow acquires a name.
  • Episode 45. In which the shadow has dinner and stays overnight.
  • Episode 46. In which our heroine wakes up in bed with a friend.
  • Episode 47. In which breakfast is an issue.
  • Episode 48. In which a belt is crucial.
  • Episode 49. In which a storybook villain and a storybook hero are seen walking the streets of that ordinary small American town, New Iceland.
  • Episode 50. In which our heroine decides they were both a low-blood-sugar hallucination, including the storybook hero addressing her as ‘Lady’.
  • Episode 51. In which our heroine’s new shadow is recognised.
  • Episode 52. In which there is a traumatic incident at the vet’s.
  • Episode 53.  In which the suspense is killing.
  • Episode 54.  In which the vet has an interesting conversation.
  • Episode 55.  In which our heroine writes a disturbingly large check.
  • Episode 56. In which our heroine protests she has never written forsoothly.
  • Episode 57. In which our heroine discusses black widow spiders and Mr Wolverine with Serena.
  • Episode 58. In which the feasibility of dogs and other domestic fauna is considered.
  • Episode 59. In which our heroine applies subtle strategies to the picking up of house keys.
  • Episode 60. In which muffins play a comforting and supportive role.
  • Episode 61. In which keys and an invitation are both accepted.
  • Episode 62. In which there are more muffins, and our heroine hears some gossip.
  • Episode 63. In which we meet Topaz and our heroine is disconcerted.
  • Episode 64. In which our heroine tells her rose-bush they’re going home.
  • Episode 65. In which Mrs Stoneman’s loss is our heroine’s gain
  • Episode 66. In which Susanna’s dark past is revealed
  • Episode 67. In which our heroine quails.
  • Episode 68. In which our heroine turns the key in her new front door.
  • Episode 69. In which our heroine and her dog cross the threshold.
  • Episode 70. In which our heroine carries the first seven boxes of books up the flight of stairs to her new front door.
  • Episode 71. In which our heroine thanks the hob.
  • Episode 72. In which Sid deigns to eat dog food and our heroine hears a vehicle turn into her driveway.
  • Episode 73. In which our heroine meets Mike and the vagaries of snowfall in Cold Valley are discussed.
  • Episode 74. In which Mike carries book boxes and our heroine wants to know why.
  • Episode 75. In which our heroine learns that her neighbor who is never there, is there, and why this is not a good thing.
  • Episode 76. In which Mike pursues acquaintance with Caedmon.
  • Episode 77. In which our heroine receives a lesson in the care and feeding of a wood-burning stove
  • Episode 78. In which the sun is setting behind Rose Manor
  • Episode 79. In which stowaways are discovered in the back of the van
  • Episode 80. Five stowaways, in fact
  • Episode 81. In which our heroine prepares to drive the empty van back to New Iceland
  • Episode 82. In which our heroine’s new neighbors are not ready for the sight of her interestingly decorated van
  • Episode 83. In which our heroine has a somewhat fraught conversation with Mike. Orcs are mentioned.
  • Episode 84. In which our heroine enjoys the drama of the meeting between Mike and Serena
  • Episode 85. In which JoJo arrives
  • Episode 86. In which JoJo tells a story and our heroine ruminates that you can never tell with people
  • Episode 87. In which JoJo and the van depart, and our heroine feels a pang of nostalgia
  • Episode 88. In which our heroine remembers she has to buy milk for the hob
  • Episode 89. In which Serena and our heroine nonchalantly discuss haunted houses
  • Episode 90. In which our heroine meets the interesting proprietress of the New Iceland shop that sells milk after 6 pm on a weekday.
  • Episode 91. In which our heroine’s evil twin seizes control and Saralinda Cadwallader is born.
  • Episode 92. In which a bracelet is found.
  • Episode 93. In which our heroine meets Serena’s boss.
  • Episode 94. In which the provenance of the bracelet is discussed, and our heroine hears a tale of another writer who once lived in New Iceland.
  • Episode 95. In which our heroine and her dog set out for Cold Valley in country dark, which is much darker than urban dark.
  • Episode 96. In which our heroine and her dog have an encounter of the scary and improbable kind.
  • Episode 97. In which our heroine mourns the loss of her mind, and discovers unwelcome evidence that perhaps she hasn’t.
  • Episode 98. In which our heroine and her dog arrive . . . home.
  • Episode 99. In which our heroine assesses the likelihood of actually sleeping her first night in her new home.
  • Episode 100. In which our heroine puts out milk for the hob.
  • Episode 101. In which our heroine puts out scrambled eggs for the hob.
  • Episode 102. In which our heroine has a bath, and assumes that the milk and the scrambled eggs were satisfactory since the water is hot.
  • Episode 103. In which our heroine puts out peppermint tea for the hob, and re-assesses the concept of sleep.
  • Episode 104.  In which our heroine remembers dropping a book in the bath.
  • Episode 105.  In which our heroine attempts to read herself to sleep.
  • Episode 106.  In which our heroine is instructed to fetch her sword.
  • Episode 107.  In which our heroine worries about bloodstains on her books.
  • Episode 108.  In which a spiky sort of shadow seems to be offering our heroine a salute.
  • Episode 109.  In which our heroine contemplates her sword, her rose bracelet, her dog, and the immediate future.  Gloomily.
  • Episode 110.  In which our heroine clings grimly to her decision not to ask any more questions because she is sure any answers will include more swords.
  • Episode 111.  In which our heroine is direly beset by monsters. And a few disconcerting visions.
  • Episode 112.  In which our heroine meets a gigantic black thing with a gigantic black sword.
  • Episode 113. In which our heroine chooses a motto. Let me go out trying.
  • Episode 114. In which our heroine calls upon Elbereth and Luthien.
  • Episode 115. In which the game changes.
  • Episode 116. In which there is a horse.
  • Episode 117. In which our heroine is addressed as Defender.
  • Episode 118. In which Silverheart objects to discourteous treatment.
  • Episode 119. In which our heroine learns that as Defender she is on the wrong side of Gate, and if she stays there, everybody dies.  Oh.
  • Episode 120. Our heroine is delighted by this information.  Not.
  • Episode 121. Our heroine suggests that she may have had help in creating interdimensional disarray.
  • Episode 122. Our heroine inquires about the plan to re-establish balance and order on both sides of Gate.  She is not pleased with the answer.

Each place has its own advantages - heaven for the climate, and hell for the society. -- Mark Twain