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.
  • Episode 123. In which Defender sees Gate.
  • Episode 124. In which the Black Tower is introduced.
  • Episode 125. In which a very large man on a very large horse expresses dismay on meeting the new Defender.
  • Episode 126. In which ominous marching things are seen coming through the Gate toward our heroine and her companions.
  • Episode 127. In which our heroine wishes she felt heroic, and that Tolkien had provided more heroic-woman quotes for those ‘about to die’ moments.
  • Episode 128. In which there is a lot of thundering in our heroine’s ears.
  • Episode 129. In which our heroine and her heroic steed engage the enemy, and she inadvertently discovers Monster’s airs above the ground.
  • Episode 130. In which both our heroine and her horse are wounded.
  • Episode 131. In which we learn more about the Black Tower and its cavalry unit.
  • Episode 132. In which Murac rubs it in about the Defender thing and our heroine responds ungraciously.
  • Episode 133. In which Mr Torpedo Shoulders scolds our heroine and also says something ominous about the wound in her leg needing sewing up.
  • Episode 134. In which our heroine meets the Spirits of the Black Lagoon and when Murac tells her that a minor slashed leg is a good first wound, she bites him. No, really.
  • Episode 135. In which our heroine decides biting someone wearing old, much-used leather armor was a bad idea. Yuck etc.
  • Episode 136. In which the company of Falcons at the Black Tower prepares to go to the aid of the Defender.
  • Episode 137. In which our heroine, now out cold in Murac’s arms while leg stitchery is performed, sees a lone Black Tower. She also sees a castle, and in it a woman writing.
  • Episode 138. In which the colonel of the Falcons shouts something. And far away, the woman in the castle, who can’t possibly have heard her, startles as if she had, and writes frantically.
  • Episode 139. In which our heroine is all wet. And overhears a conversation between Murac and Tulamaro which employs startlingly vivid imagery.
  • Episode 140. In which our heroine begins to become acquainted with her new insta-translate add-on, and the lady in the castle calls our heroine by name.
  • Episode 141. In which Murac is (probably) about to say something significant, and our heroine ruins the moment by asking who threw the water that soaked them both.
  • Episode 142. In which Murac and Tulamaro’s language grows ever more vivid, and our heroine’s insta-translate is heard weeping.
  • Episode 143. In which our heroine finally gets something to eat. And is offered an armful of leather and chain mail for her personal use.
  • Episode 144. In which Murac explains that because our heroine has shed her blood on their earth and eaten their food they can claim her. Our heroine objects.
  • Episode 145. In which our heroine objects even more strongly to the immediate prospect of re-engaging with the enemy, chain mail or no chain mail.