Episode 15: Violet Sky

“If your star charts read poorly, no wind is generous.” Captain Noem Pymecanth “Hurry, Taja. You don’t want to be left behind, do you?” Ranseur glanced back with a smile and flicked her raven hair. The lady laughed at something Captain Pymecanth said and…

Episode Fourteen – The Aquine

Taja cooed at the aquine as it bobbed and floated, seeming content in her hand. She followed Ranseur up to the woman’s mansion. The afternoon sun dipped, the sky’s burnt orange hue casting a backdrop of light about the steepled manor. “Uh-queen?” Taja turned…

Episode Thirteen – White Cap

Episode Thirteen – White Cap “I looked to the sea to remember, and she did not disappoint.” -Herron Huron of the Merfolk   Come child, Ranseur’s voice echoed in Taja’s head. You should have found it by now. Taja’s lips curled to one side,…

Episode Twelve – The Island

“Staying close to the sea makes you glad you are alive.”                                               -The Lady, Tarot Ranseur “I—I don’t want to live in…

Episode Eleven – Discovery

“One must willingly wash away self-defined illusions to truly discover who you really are.” -The Scrolls of V’lique, the Ancient Philosopher Taja waded knee-deep into the warm waters of the ocean, then stopped and glanced back to the shore, only to find Ranseur walking…

Episode Nine – Return to the Ocean

“Grief is the price one must pay if one is to love.” – Abbot Llewellyn Vir “No!” Taja screamed and fell to her knees. Her eyes clouded in tears and confusion. The mental likeness of the bloody knife stained her consciousness, and the shrill…

Episode Eight – Silverwave

“Waves with the tide ebb and flow, their sound both welcomed and feared.” -The Lady Tarot Ranseur “It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen,” Ramsay confided to Yasmine and Taja, as the forward carriage of the Symphony of Daydreams neared the gates of Notre Nouveaux….

Episode Seven – Time Flies

“Time is like a strong breeze. You can try to resist it, but each gust brings with it a new challenge.” -Parson Dalton Ascot “Taja, here are some candied violets,” one of the dancers slipped into her palm. “They are from Lady Ranseur. But…

Episode Five – Tarot Ranseur

“One learns there is a hook in most gifts, a binding in many benefits. One day, the line from the hook to the benefactors will be reeled.” -Ahfoot Clairendon, of the Guild of the Platinum Wyvern Ramsay blew out his breath, played with his…

Episode Four – The Siren

“The siren’s song possesses the charms of the ocean and the treachery of its depths.” -The Lady, Tarot Ranseur The parson drew the little girl aside, wringing his weathered hands as he looked at her. Her large eyes were filled with trust, and it…

Episode Three: Taja Flynne

Drastic action is normally reserved for moments of panic and despair. Ascot wasn’t sure which of the emotions had gripped him more, but what he did know was that Taja no longer had a safe haven inside his home. Despite Elyss’ objections, he knew…

At the Pool by Fred Nolan

At the Pool Fred Nolan Julian does not care for the men’s natatorium at Camden. Yet he paid for a membership and he is going to use it. He dislikes how boys chuckle about his swimwear, which runs from ankle to throat. The water…

Episode Two: Suspicions

“The difference between curiosity and suspicion is one is asked by your friends, the other your enemies.” – The Lady, Tarot Ranseur How can one hide a secret, when the secret is as much a mystery to the one bearing it? That is how…

Episode One: Flotsam and Jetsam

“Time and tide wait for no one.” -Archdeacon Tagore, of the Shrine of the Ancient Oceans “I’m tellin’ ya, Parson, it’s the truth.” Derbis spun the tale a second time. Ascot frowned as he listened to Derbis, growing impatient with the man. Derbis lowered…

A Siren for the Modern Times by Armand J. Azamar

A Siren for the Modern Times Armand J. Azamar Hearing her song again Appears near hopeless. After the shipwreck, Her voice, I still struggle to defend. My hospital bed A depression I discovered for myself. The longing only spreads; wider and deeper. A deep…