Helena

CHAPTER 14 – PRISONER

CHAPTER 14 – PRISONER

Synthien underground complex

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The flare lay where Helena had dropped it, hissing and spitting, emitting a hollow red glare. The sounds it made faded as Solomon stepped through the portal and left the maze of underground corridors behind.

 

CHAPTER 13 – RUNNING SCARED

CHAPTER 13 – RUNNING SCARED

Not yet, he willed, we’re almost there. And then Helena fell.

Oh gods no, was all Solomon had time to think before he saw the flames bearing down on them. In two – maybe three – heartbeats they would be incinerated, and only a few short paces from escape...

CHAPTER 12 – ABYSS

CHAPTER 12 – ABYSS

He had been right to move quickly. No sooner had Solomon crossed the threshold with Helena on his heels, than the portal lumbered shut. It didn’t close quickly, but clanged into place with a finality that stole away all hope - it wouldn’t budge. And when it closed, it brought utter darkness that swallowed the weak light had followed them in...

CHAPTER 11 – INTO THE LION'S DEN

CHAPTER 11 – INTO THE LION'S DEN

The wind whistled and moaned as it crept past the abandoned waystation. It sounded tortured, like a dying animal taking its last fitful breaths. Solomon and Helena heard it and were thankful to finally have a barrier between it and themselves - be it a crumbling wall on the brink of collapse or no...

CHAPTER 10 – BEHIND ENEMY LINES

CHAPTER 10 – BEHIND ENEMY LINES

All morning the distant sounds of battle had rolled across the dingy landscape. Solomon could hear the ghostly howls of laser shot, and the low thudding boom of mortar impacts far away in the south. All hell was breaking loose somewhere out there, and to him, it was oddly comforting...

CHAPTER 6 – CAUGHT BETWEEN

CHAPTER 6 – CAUGHT BETWEEN

The sun crested the seam of the horizon and spilled its orange glow across the retreating velvet night sky. Color seeped back into the landscape, and in shades, the twilight expanse lightened until it gradually came back to a semblance of life. In the gloom it had remained hidden, but with the growing light what emerged from the darkness took Solomon’s breath away...

CHAPTER 3 – PURSUIT

CHAPTER 3 – PURSUIT

The sun had gone past its peak over two hours ago, and on its synthside journey, was no less potent for it. Solomon felt the sweat beading on his brow and resisted the urge to arm it away. He was of the waste-folk; the sun and heat were brother and sister to him, to show an ounce of weakness in the presence of a stranger simply wouldn’t do...