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The Only Night"Full moon."
"Yes." He poured the wine. "That moon."
"That only moon. That only hallows night."
He reached for the thin silver crown on his head. Silver, like everything in the bright moonlight.
"It's time to go, princess."
"Nearly, my prince."
We urged the horses, simultneously, into a trot. Long way ahead, as long as immortality, actually. We rode in silence.
Nothing to regret, lots to remember. And a deal more to feel on this only night. Blades of grass like blades of steel, silver crown like deadly frost, and autumn fog is our veil.
I drink the cup.
Nothing to regret, nothing to care for. Nothing to feel when the night ends.
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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