August 7th, 2013

Books

LJ Idol Exhibit B: "Hired Wand"

Hired Wand
LJ Idol Exhibit B | week eleven, 1 | 870 words
One Hit Wonder

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Zelgard the Wizard was a powerful magician, quite arguably the best of his time. He could conjure, he could transform, he could weave spells of forgetting or even misremembrance, but most of all… he could smite. His target might be someone he'd never even met, someone half a world away, and he could still inflict doom or disaster with a single wave of his wand. This put him very much in demand.

It was also rather troubling.

"The King bids you come to court immediately," a messenger might announce. The King was a vindictive, ill-tempered man, and the notion of reason was utterly foreign to him.

"My enemies in West Antera rise up against me," the King would say. "You must destroy them."

"Might I instead remove their armaments, or make their natures less warlike?" Zelgard would inquire.

The King's answer was invariably the same: "Death."

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LJ Idol Exhibit B: "Like Jewels In The Night"

Like Jewels In The Night
LJ Idol Exhibit B | week eleven, 2 | 1173 words
In The Bag

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To say that Edgar Broussard was a thief would have been to say that Einstein was a scientist. Both were oversimplifications of a more elegant truth.

Broussard stole the unstealable, and not for the reasons of wealth or notoriety but because he coveted and because he could. He would have been buried under his own acquisitions had they been ordinary things like jewels or art, but Broussard was interested in none of those things.

Broussard was a stealer of dreams.

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