Monday, March 26, 2007
New Beginning 245
The dying sun spilled its light on the walls of the forbidden palace, turning the even, grey stones to beaten gold. On the high battlements, bathed in the fading warmth, Nestor propped herself up on one elbow and raised the spyglass to her eye.
She scanned the horizon in lazy swoops, considering the best way to remove the skewtle stains from her second-best kirtle. A cool breeze tickled her neck and blew a lock of sweaty hair across her face. She sighed. The sun was nearly at the horizon, soon she would be off-duty and could take a much-needed bath.
A dark smudge on the distant plain caught her eye, and she fiddled with the spyglass until the image sprang into sharp focus.
“Hedera’s tits.” Nestor scrambled to her feet, almost dropping the spyglass before she thrust it in the band at her waist. In moments she was down the rope ladder and sprinting along the deserted inner corridor. “Captain,” she yelled. “Captain!”
The Captain rose from his repose and adjusted his minkle. "What noise is this?"
Nestor retrieved the spyglass from her waistle and handed it to him. "They're coming this way! I saw them. On the horizon."
The Captain scrambled up the rope ladder and focused Nestor's spyglass. Sure enough, they were there, two distant dots on the horizon. "So . . . " he said. "At last." He leaned over the gankle and shouted, "Hedera! Come out of the bedchamber. I think we've found them."
Opening: Caitlin Macdonald.....Continuation: Anonymous