By Craig Shaw Gardner
Wuntvor has stuck the chilly eye of loss of life himself, who seeks so as to add the hapless apprentice to his morbid minions...
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Whispering? As soon as the thought entered my head, I realized how apt an analogy I had found. For the wind did not blow mindlessly through the newly dead wood beyond the clearing. Rather, there was a pattern to the ebb and flow of the breeze, as if it blew against the leaves and branches to make specific sounds; words perhaps, phrases, even parts of sentences. I strained to hear what the wind was saying. “. . not . ” said the breeze through the branches. And then: “. . not gone . ” “Doom,” Hendrek murmured, but I waved him to silence.
I listened intently to the small demon, for, although Snarks somehow always managed to phrase things in the most irritating manner imaginable, still much of what he had told us in the past had been of great use. The small demon had developed an odd clarity of vision, based in large pan on his overwhelming compulsion to tell the truth in all things—a reaction, apparently, to an experience Snarks had while still in the womb, when his mother was badly frightened by a group of demonic politicians.
Intervene’ is not the proper word. ” I responded, my voice strong despite the queasy feeling that threatened to rise from my stomach. Death wanted to talk again. This time I would have to get the information I wanted. ” the wolf growled. “But no. Coming to me has to be your decision, made with your own free will. Oh, how the fates conspire against me! Otherwise you will continue to be the Eternal Apprentice” the wolf shuddered—“forever. But, should you choose thusly”—Jeffrey allowed himself a deadly smile—“your master will remain with me, forever.
A Disagreement with Death by Craig Shaw Gardner