The Black Dwarf Star

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Once upon a time, there was a thriving civilization living under the light of a warm yellow sun.  As eons passed, the civilization spread.  It advanced.  It regressed.  It advanced again.  It rose.  It declined.  And it rose again.  It changed, became unrecognizable from its past self.  And as the civilization did, so did the sun that burned above it and smiled down upon it.  The warm yellow sun was aging, and as it did, it grew warmer and warmer, and bigger and bigger, darker and darker, yellow to orange to red, until the smiling yellow sun became a glaring red giant. Continue reading

Crimson and King

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Crimson and KingHer name was Carlotta Alice Hood, but the wolf king did not know this.  And his name was known only to him.  It had been a nervous jest for them not to give each other their names when they first met.  The wolf had claimed that giving his name would give her power over him.  She was the granddaughter of an alchemist.  And was to be an alchemist herself.  She, for her part, refused to give her name because she had been afraid of him.  He could have and probably had learned it long ago, for even as he watched over her, his kin and kind watched over her family.  Out of that jest grew a superstition.  The girl and the wolf would not give each other their true names until they fulfilled their common quest. Continue reading