The Ruin of Shorelocke: Cloth

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Eifan withdraws his hand, shaking his head. “No,” he says. “This is neither the time nor the place to delve into such remembrances.”

He reaches instead into the satchel slung at his side, rummaging through it and producing a small piece of dark, finely woven cloth with a nearly imperceptible but reflective iridescent sheen. The cloth is but a smaller bolt that had years ago been carefully scissored away from the mothercloth — the only one of its kind.

Gently, almost tenderly, Eifan drapes the cloth over the orb, covering it completely. Only then does he wrap his fingers around the orb and pick it up. He can feel the thing’s animosity, even through the cloth, but the memories contained within cannot breach that barrier. That they even try — without a song to entice them forth — is deeply unsettling to him, suggesting that the orb is not merely a physical object, but also a living one.

He contemplates this for only a moment before placing the orb in his satchel and returning his attention to the room.

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Each section of this story, Eifan will be faced with a choice. It will be your job to comment on which choice he should make. The one that gets the most votes will determine which way the story goes. Clear enough? Good.

    A) Inspect another object in the room; B) move on to another location; or C) open to suggestions?

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Nicely written, and I like the careful attention given to the org here, something that doesn’t always feel like an option in our ultra-short ficly medium.

    It feels like he should move to another location, get away from this place saturated with the orb’s dark power…or something like that.

  3. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    It does help that I intend this as an ongoing series, so it gives me a few more liberties to dive into some more detailed descriptions. I’m kind of enjoying the RPG-like qualities of communal decision-making to decide the story’s direction.

  4. Avatar Escapist

    I agree with THX 0477, I’d like to see him move on!

  5. Avatar HSAR

    Where do you come up with ideas like the mothercloth? I don’t even…

    He should at least take a look down the corridor, check every location before he proceeds.

  6. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Heh, HSAR, you approve? I’m glad it didn’t go completely unnoticed. The idea just kind of sprang into my mind, and I loved it, so I ran with it. I’ve been building some backstory just around that one item, figuring out how it even exists in this world I’m building. I can actually see myself revisiting Eifan’s world in other stories besides this series. I’m starting to really like living here.

  7. Avatar HSAR

    I love it. The two words are completely unrelated, but mesh together in a way that just works. Almost disturbingly well.

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