At the End of Things

Avatar Author: Jessica Cahill Read Bio

I knelt at the edge of the cliff and looked down into the maelstrom, just as I had knelt next to enraged elementals, deamon hunters and fallen kings. Power still sang in my veins, and the salt spray was sweet in my face.

We had done it. Done the impossible. Vanquished the overwhelming foe, just as we had done time and again over the years. Weariness settled within me, a weight as comfortable as the spellstitched vestments I wore.

Rising, I turned and saw them, saw them all. The kindred, the beloved friends, the honored companions. Men and women who had slogged through ruined temples, underwater palaces and the far reaches of another world to keep our people safe. And with them came a parade of a thousand memories. Joy, tears, fear and triumph…I watched it all flash by.

Then one by one they winked out. First those that had gone long ago, followed by those who had stayed awhile, and finally the ones who had been here, now, at the end of things.

Soon I was alone, with the salt sea spray teasing my hair.

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  1. Avatar The Ghost in the Machine LoA

    This is interesting, I would like to see a sequel to get a better idea of what is going on. Were they ghosts? Is this a vision? Interesting stuff here well done.

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Lovely description. I thought it read as though this person had won the battle but lost their life, with this being a description of their transition to the afterlife. Worked for me.

    I think it should be “underwater palaces”, unless you mean they walked beneath palaces somehow associated with water.

  3. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    Thanks guys. I’ll have to think on whether or not I’ll sequel…I honestly hadn’t intended to.

    And thank THX, fix’t.

  4. Avatar August 2nd

    Your touch is as sure as ever, Jessica. “Salt sea spay” would have less of a veterinary flavor with the judicious inclusion of an ‘r’.

  5. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    Thanks August! Fix’t. :)

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  7. Avatar Robert Quick

    And well deserved!

  8. Avatar Funky Chunky

    Beautiful imagery. I hope you don’t hate my cheeky sequel?! Maybe you should write your one before reading mine?

  9. Avatar Funky Chunky

    Felt guilty about my ‘cheeky’ sequel. So I wrote a serious one. Hope you like it.

  10. Avatar boxofun

    Excellent writing! It’s a pleasure to read.