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Chapter 12 – Introductions

This entry is part 17 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 17 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon Beneath the city, on the underside of the Crystalline Castle, lie the inverted structures of buildings and silos. The fundamental workings of the city take place there: food storage, limited power generation, policy-making, and transportation. The…

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Chapter 11 – The Trio of Wubbatub

This entry is part 16 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 16 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon “What’re you hungry for, kid?” “Whatever’s warm and ready,” Fred answered. He didn’t really care; he had nothing better to do than to eat his dinner. “And some kinkerry juice.” The waitress nodded and slipped into…

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Chapter 10 – Another Breakfast for Lunch

This entry is part 15 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 15 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon Ani busied herself with the clean-up of her breakfast preparations as the other Cria gathered around the door to listen to the conversation between their Empress and Strin. The whispering between the Cria never stopped. The…

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Chapter 9 – Her Majesty’s Breakfast

This entry is part 14 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 14 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon The trip to the Aerie’s pinnacle was uneventful. The magically engineered lift rose smoothly, and Strin could see the shadow of buildings drop beneath him through the misty glass. The sun seemed to gather intensity as…

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Chapter 8 – Questions and Outrages

This entry is part 13 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 13 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon “So, let’s go over this one more time. We were transported while sleeping—not that we know how—without being given proper clothes. Then we were nearly killed by a strange machine, which may or may not be…

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Chapter 7 – The Empress and Her Crystalline Castle

This entry is part 12 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 12 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon Amid the dense, untamed forests that clothe the foothills of the Grenhki Mountains, wedged in the valley cut by the River Bann, sits the Crystalline Castle. But it does not merely sit—it exudes a presence of…

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Chapter 6 – Rippling Time

This entry is part 11 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 11 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon The door led into a featureless tunnel of the same purple glass. Light shone evenly from the walls so that there was neither shadow nor sense of depth. After a few minutes, Fred ceased talking and…

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Chapter 5 – What Luck?

This entry is part 10 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 10 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon The eyes stopped tracking Strin. The neck slumped. The tentacles drooped and laid their tips on the ground. The revolutions of the upper body slowed; the pivoting abdomen spun lazily to a stop. Strin hopped off…

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Chapter 4 – A Sea of Energy

This entry is part 9 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 9 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon A single, yellow-gray tentacle stretched into the ambient light. Another followed. One by one they entered as the machine rolled in; they encircled its body. The low-grade synth-flesh rubbed against the hidden mechanics of the tentacles,…

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Chapter 3 – The Translucent Cyborg

This entry is part 8 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 8 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon Strin was looking at something behind Fred. Fred spun, prepared for anything, and nearly fell as his foot hit the base of a stalagmite. But he caught himself on the same stalagmite—all was well. The glass…

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Chapter 2 – Of Dreams and Tea Parties

This entry is part 7 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 7 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon One thing was certain: Strin and Fred stood in a cavern of glass wearing nothing but their nightclothes. Where they were exactly—whether in some exotic prison, subterranean chamber, strange dream, or foreign land—and why—neither knew. Strin…

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Chapter 1 – To Wake

This entry is part 6 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 6 of 31 in the series Trouble on the HorizonIt began, as things of importance usually do, in an unassuming way— Strin Telnok woke up. Strin was a Horizon man, but he did not wake on the Horizon. He currently had a bed in a small…

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