There is a tall tower to the north. A warlock once lived there. Now the tower is abandoned. But that does not mean is it safe.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
Music: “Deep” by Nicholas Jeudy
Warlocks. At best, they are reckless. At worst…
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 47 seconds. Music: “Deep” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital drawing. At center, the shadows of two figures cast against a stone wall. The figure at left is reeling backwards, arms outstretched, left leg raised and bent, chest pierced with a long spiraling horn, neck entwined with a segmented whip-like tail ending in a stinger. The figure at right stands upright, face in profile, right arm outstretched, holding a vial out above the first figure’s face. The vial is filled with a glowing substance. A green glow appears at bottom right. The left and right frames of the image depict the faint outlines of brickwork. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mystery” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “There was a story told…of a little girl who went into the tower and came out unscathed… The bard who told the story sang in sweet and rising notes of how the girl was protected by her innocence. But when in the history of this tricksome world has innocence ever protected anyone from anything? This isn’t her story. It’s mine. I went into that tower.” The image starts to throb from the center as the last word appears. The title reappears at top after the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]
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