More Than Just Letters on a Page

Avatar Author: Tesseract Writing with many facets. I've been dabbling in the Art of the Word for well over 15 years. If you leave a rating, kindly leave comments as well. What am I doing right? What am I doing wrong? You can help me grow. ... Read Bio

The hours of slaving over his workbench had finally set the stage for his research. He’d read the ancient tome countless times, but there’s only so much one can learn from simply reading the characters. He needed to know the spirit of the writing, the intent, and all that this book had directly witnessed.

Beneath the book a sigil had been carefully drawn upon the oak surface of his desk, using the same mixture of pigments that had initially scribed the work. A ring of paper scraps and gold leaf surrounded the book to complete the recreation of the works’ material soul.

The Researcher then drank from the draught of recreated ink, paper and gold. The room spun and his stomach revolted against the vile liquid. As he doubled over, a voice entered his mind.

“Are you alright, sir?”

His eyes snapped open. The discomfort was pushed out of his mind as he realised that the link had been properly established. “Yes… yes, just fine, thank you.”

The book cleared its non-existant throat. “Shall we begin?”

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Awesome.. I love the way the traditional role of spellcaster is used to bring the book to life. :) So many elements brought together in a new way.. wonderful! *thinking of what this book would say next

  2. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    Just imagine if we could actually do this…

    Discussing French politics with Jean Valjean!
    Magic masterclasses with Dumbledore!
    Spy tactics with Bond!

    The possibilities are endless – as is the beauty of the wordcraft in this piece – thoroughly enjoyable. Magical! MH :)

  3. Avatar Tesseract

    @MH …Discuss just how harmless the Planet Earth really is with Ford Prefect! XD

    Yeah… This is one of those pieces that I wish could actually work. I’d DEFINITELY drink ink to be able to discuss the finer points of Game Theory with Sun Tzu.

    @Elsha – Isn’t that what Sequels are for? XD

  4. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    @Tesseract: Oh we could go on like this for ever!

  5. Avatar SandwichMaker

    This is one of my favorite things I have read in a long time. The idea was unique and sparks the imagination, and it was very well written.

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