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Garsecg

Joined June 2009 and calls Creeping Monsterism home.

56 stories, 5 challenges, 169 comments, and 25 friends

A very strange man whose strangeness is only partially due to Asperger’s Syndrome. He is an English major and now a grad student, in case you couldn’t tell, fighting a constant struggle to set aside some little time for writing.

Stories

  1. Meeting the Locals

    A horde of blue octopus-headed creatures were floating down from an airship. Each of them was dual-wielding a crossbows and loading arrows into it with its tentacles. “Jenny, let’s shift the hell out of here!” shouted Gates as they du...

  2. Back to the Garden

    The garden is not the monstrous jungle you had been expecting, but a beautiful place where plant life of every kind imaginable and some you had never heard of grows together, seeming somehow both wild and ordered. Butterflies fly around you as if in an...

  3. The Gallery

    Pass through the ornate wooden doors beneath the stained glass window showing the birds from which the Seven Noble Houses take their names and you will find yourself in the Gallery. Here works of art from every time and place are brought together with ...

  4. The Ruined Chapel

    Leave the House by the back door of the Conservatory. Take the path that stands between the Dark Wood and the Tarn. You must go alone. Walk three miles and you will find the Ruined Chapel. In the Chapel the stained glass windows are shattered. A statue...

  5. The Jenny Everywhere Museum

    This wing of the Infinite House was given by the Architect to Jenny Everywhere to store mementos from her adventures and dangerous artifacts. Only counterparts of Jenny and those they have chosen may enter it. Known contents include: Statues of friends...

  6. Deja Vu?

    “I can’t remember whether I’ve been here or not,” said Jenny. “This place looks familiar, but there’s something wrong…” “What do you mean?” said Gates. “I can usually remember where I...

  7. Somewhere

    Somewhere I’m showing you another world for the first time. You can’t believe that I can really shift. I ask you to close your eyes, hold you tight, and shift into another world. You open your eyes. At first you’re terrified but then ...

  8. Music of the Spheres

    Ruby’s eyes had now adjusted to the light. What she saw could not be described in any human tongue. She saw the stars themselves at war against a vast dark thing burning with a hateful mockery of life. “Listen. Your name is Merope, youngest...

  9. Guess the Verb (Mature)

  10. Aureate

    In the Lone Tower of the Nameless Land, amid the trophies of all the great nations of the world from the days when he still exulted in his power, stood Aureate. Like Auric his hair was golden and his features were delicately beautiful. But his eyes wer...

  11. The Lost Daughter of Hermes

    Nology held out her left hand and a pattern took shape in red lines in the air. The materials she had taken with her rose up and filled the new pattern. There was a hush in the air followed by a blinding light and a noise like a great wind or the roari...

  12. Into the Nameless Land

    For many hours the children of the House of Hermes were silent, lost in their thoughts. As the sun began to sink they saw the stars for what they all knew may be their last time. And then they came upon the Nameless Land. There were few trees here, and...

  13. The Red Book of Eromveren

    In the Library of the Eromveren, there lies a red book. By ancient custom, any who can travel through the Dream Realms to their city and gain entrance in, of which there are few, may write in this book. Anything that is written in the Red Book shall co...

  14. Stand Fast

    It was the third day of the seige of Kherem. The shades were howling in the air but had not yet pierced the barrier. Serenna was glad her watch would be over soon. She took the letter from Ewan from her pocket. “What have you got there?” sa...

  15. I, Khaos!

    There was one form of magic the tyrant had not mastered: death magic. And so the young actor who had seen his own mother and father tortured to death before his eyes had to master it. He forged his own death into a sword tempered in a child’s blo...

  16. The First Love

    When he awoke he was alone in the garden except for the One Who was always with him, until he heard a rustling of branches. “Who—who are you? He drew back from the beautiful creature before him, first in fear, then in wonder.

  17. A Cold Day In Between

    My name is Danny Morita and I’m a Shinigami. That means “death spirit,” more or less. For those of you who watch those new-fangled Japanese cartoons, we don’t go around fighting people with stupidly huge swords or drop killer no...

  18. The Fall of the House of Hermes

    “We have no time to mourn,” growled Ferrum. “We have to leave before the Sun rises.” “I’m afraid he’s right,” said Lurgy. “Let’s go to the Airship.” They all ascended the tower’s l...

  19. A Forceful Proposal

    My Dearest Lumina, I am Doctor Fellflame Von Khaos, Mage-King of the Charnel World! For many months have I observed your world through the Cosmic-Scope, preparing to crush it beneath my feet. But when I glimpsed you my heart was consumed with passion t...

  20. Cape Fear

    Dear Emily, I’m sorry. I love, respect, and admire you in every way but I just can’t live with the fear any longer. Why did you take so long to tell me? When I wondered about all the time you spent away you told me it was because of work. I...

  21. Alas Poor War-bot

    I was born, after a fashion, in a brightly lit underground complex beneath Tomorrow City. After accessing its records I found that I was built by the US Government as a weapon. They never meant for me to be sentient and had no idea that I was. I prefer...

  22. Death of an Alchemist

    And then the color of the the old man’s aura changed from white to yellow and then to red. He screamed a scream of pain and ecstasy and the girl, knowing fear for the first time, looked away. When the light died down there was only a puddle of a ...

  23. The Great Work

    The entire room was filled with an enormous machine, made up of bronze gears and tubes engraved with ancient symbols. No one fully knew what they meant anymore but the books of the ancestors of the House of Hermes at least gave some clues in their cryp...

  24. The Turning

    The last mage remembers the word.

  25. The Sacrifice is Ended

    And then the gaping black wound in the world closed and everything was as it had been before. The cicadas whirred in the deep shadows of the nearby woods and the moonlight shone upon the altar older than mankind. There was only one difference: the thin...

  26. Let's Write

    Writing is like any other kind of work. Most of the time it isn’t easy, glamorous or fun. It’s staring at the blank page or screen wondering where all the inspiration you had when you started has suddenly gone. It’s wondering why the ...