The Caligo Palm

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In an age long past, death was not a mystery, for a palm tree once grew upon the earth that served as both a veil and a path between life and afterlife.

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: “ Dungeon of shadows (seamless)” by Dark Fantasy Studio


In an earlier story, I wrote of a grieving young man who sought to retrieve his mother from the island where the souls of those who have died go just before they pass through the doorway into the afterlife. He is motivated by love.  In this new story, the one who seeks to breach the passage between life and afterlife is not so noble…


[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 35 seconds. Music: “Dungeon of shadows (seamless)” by Dark Fantasy Studio. Digital drawing. A depiction on a tapestry or scroll. At left, a man stands in front of a cobra that is larger than him. Both face to the right. The man holds his right hand on his hip and holds his left hand out palm forming a “stop” gesture. They stand on a green shore with bright blades of grass. At right, a man in a boat raises his hands and face to the sky. Before him two strange beasts with hooked beaks and feathery scales stare to the left. Between boat and shore are stylized curls depicting waves. Top center, the bottom half of a circle that depicts the sun. Bright rays beam to the left, bolts of lightning fan out to the right. The sky at center is blue, but darkens from left to right between the bolts. Top and bottom borders depict a pattern, the tops of palm trees. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology” are displayed in front of the image. The story title is displayed at the bottom. The title card and title fade and lines from the story appear in the middle: “He came by sea in ships laden with his forces…By day he attacked, and by night he attacked. They knew that they must destroy him. And they knew that they could not destroy him, for he was now too powerful.” The title appears again at top as the last line spins away. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout, then fades and rises to the top below the title at the end.]


Genre: Mythology
Tags: AFTERLIFECALIGOFRONDISLELIFEPALMPALM TREEREEDROOT


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