Moonrise on Jupiter

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The Forgotten King – Chapter 4, Part 2

Helen sighed and took a small pouch out of her bag and opened it, spilling the contents—a handful of gold and silver coins—into the palm of her hand. She handed these to Neil, who in turn took the emerald out Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 4, Part 1

Neil pulled the stone out of his pocket and turned it over in his palm a few times. “Is this what you mean?” he asked, holding it out to Helen. As she took it and held it up between her Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 3, Part 3

Then, without warning, the silence was broken by a sound that reminded Neil of shattering glass, and the next second, a cylinder of green light sprinkled with glassy shards sprang out of the floor and engulfed Helen. It was almost Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 3, Part 2

“I wish we could get out of this forest,” Helen stated in frustration, when yet another sound made her jump. Neil chuckled hollowly. “Well, yes,” he said, “but that’s really hard to do when you don’t know where the forest Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 3, Part 1

They ran until the air burned in their lungs and their legs tightened, threatening to drop them to the ground. Gradually, they slowed down, until they came to a stop in a small clearing. The noises from the village rang Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 2, Part 3

Not long before dawn, Neil was sitting next to the window, an oil lamp burning faintly on the table. He stared out through a narrow part in the curtains at the fading moonlit sky, patched with iridescent clouds, edged in Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 2, Part 2

Helen looked away from Neil, bitter thoughts swimming in her head and a bitter taste in her mouth, wondering why she had convinced herself to come to him. Since she had left her city, she had never doubted that he Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 2, Part 1

Neil stared mutely as he realized who was standing in front of him. “Helen,” he stated simply, his expression changing from one of annoyance to one of mingled relief and disbelief. It had been years since he had last seen Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 1, Part 2

A sudden noise came again from the trees, only this time it came from behind Helen, and the sound surprised them both. The man’s eyes flew over Helen’s shoulder, and she glanced behind to look for the source of the Read more…


The Forgotten King – Chapter 1, Part 1

A sudden difference shivered through the air. Something unsettled and discordant moved through it, though the wind didn’t blow. It felt like the moment between stillness and sudden activity had been frozen and extended. Helen stopped and looked around her, Read more…