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11 January 2014 @ 06:27 pm
Original Fiction: "The Apprentice"  
Title: The Apprentice
Fandom: Original Ficiton
Author: HalfshellVenus
Rating: PG
Summary: The terms of this agreement were not entirely clear.
Author's Notes: For the writerverse prompt of "Mysterious Books."

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"What are these tomes, marked with symbols rather than words?"

The old man speaks over his shoulder, carefully freeing papers from years of dust. "Ancient texts. Many were passed down by the previous inhabitant of this tower."

I pull one off the shelf, peering inside. The pages are just as incomprehensible, filled with lines of strange shapes and the occasional drawing. One picture depicts the unmerciful abuse of a toad.

"Unhand that book!" the old man says.

I drop it, unsettled by the unholy gleam in his eyes. My heart beats like a trapped bird, driving me toward the stairs, but the door will not open no matter how desperately I try.

The old man laughs behind me, raising gooseflesh on my skin.

The door, I realize, is now locked.


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cindytsuki_no_bara on January 12th, 2014 05:27 am (UTC)
well this is a bit creepy! makes me wonder what happened to the previous inhabitant of the tower, too....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 13th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking that the Apprentice may have been oversold on his role in that entire relationship. :O

Creepy was what I was definitely going for!
alien_writings: Heart Readingalien_writings on January 19th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh man, this was one seriously creepy story! I got a bad feeling about those mysterious books from the start of this piece. I also get the feeling that the poor apprentice here is likely to meet a bad end.

I most certainly do not trust the old man. I hope the apprentice can escape, but I somehow doubt he can. Am I right about that?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 23rd, 2014 07:14 am (UTC)
You are correct! That poor apprentice is doomed. Whatever he thought that old man was, it probably wasn't "wizard." The only lesson to be learned is the one that comes too late to change the future.

Thanks for reading and commenting!