Thursdays will now be teaser day in this blogging experiment.
“The Eleventh Hour” is a short piece I did for a competition. It didn’t win, but that’s okay. I have another short story now to add to the Figments universe. This snippet is copyright 2016 Zanzibar 7. Schwarznegger.
The ale was cold and had a faint lemony undertone to it. “I was looking for a ninja. Or a dragon.”
“Odd combination.” The bartender leaned over the bar and Christopher got a whiff of something spicy.
“Prophecy. Not my choice.” The ale seemed to have disappeared from his mug.
“Oh, look, you found the dragon. How goes, Stacie?” Ian sat down next to Christopher, who turned a bit green.
The bartender held out her hand. “Didn’t Ian tell you it’s cosplay night? I couldn’t come dressed as a dragon, could I?” Her hand was incredibly warm when Christopher shook it in a daze.
“But… you’re nice. I don’t want to kill you.” Christopher looked from Stacie to Ian and back.
“Oh, that’s good. I’d rather not kill you either. It gives me indigestion.”
Christopher slumped on his stool. “I’m supposed to kill you. The prophecy said so.”
“This prophecy, what exactly did it say?” Stacie was a little too close for Christopher’s comfort.
He hadn’t improved at memorization since he finished his novel. “Kill a dragon, do the quest, save the world?”
Stacie gave him a look. “Don’t tempt me to endure indigestion, human.”
Hope you enjoyed this brief teaser!