The Cursed Ashtian – Chapter 5

As evening fell, Tail listened to the people filling the street for the summer solstice festival. There were hoots and hollers as a friendly scuffle started, followed by cheering and laughter. This would go on for much of the night, even more so as those marked by Ashta got drunk. Raian carefully eased his pack... Continue Reading →

The Cursed Ashtian – Chapter 4

Tail looked over her shoulder at Raian as she walked away, left him staring at nothing with a thousand thoughts swimming in his eyes. The worried furrow on his brow set an alarm bell ringing through her head. She hiked up to the shrine to pray to the god Ashta for guidance. Flowering vines curled... Continue Reading →

The Cursed Ashtian – Chapter 1

    It rained on the day Mother would join the gods. Raian stood with his arms coiled around himself, a boy shivering in the cold, when he only felt like burning. His older brother shuffled alongside, rubbing his nose. Raian couldn’t tell if he was crying. Holding it in, maybe, like their father standing... Continue Reading →

The Cursed Ashtian – Chapter 3

  All the books in New Ashta were kept in the village’s schoolhouse, in one of the back rooms. It was a glorified closet, really, and Raian had read just about everything, from journals to volumes, packed on the pine shelves. Being the schoolmaster’s apprentice during the winter months, Raian was responsible for keeping the... Continue Reading →

The Cursed Ashtian – Chapter 2

  12 years later An old Ashtian legend said that one crescent moon passing in front of the other promised good luck. While it never worked out well for Raian, it never stopped him from trying. After three days of stalking the bear, it was a good night for glory. The forest was serene, but... Continue Reading →

The Cursed Ashtian – Chapter One

  It rained on the day Mother would join the gods. Raian stood, arms tight around himself, and looked like a boy shivering in the cold, when he felt like burning. Beside him, his older brother rubbed his nose, but Raian couldn’t tell if he was crying. Suppressing it, maybe, just like their father. Raian... Continue Reading →

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