We hope you had a great week. Thank you to all who bought a copy of Curse Breaker: Faceted. We hope you’re enjoying it as much as we are. And now back to where you last saw us–on our way out of a scary castle after an equally scary dude appeared.
(Said hooded man appears in Curse Breaker: Faceted, where he shows off his sickle-smiling mug and lures just about everyone to their doom. What game is he playing? How does it affect me and my dad? You’ll have to read Curse Breaker: Faceted to find out.)
Yes, the Adversary somehow made a cameo appearance in our newsletter. We’re still not sure how that happened. This is supposed to be a heroes-only zone. I blame Jerlo. The Commander should protect more than just the enchanted forest. He should police this newsletter and keep out scary characters!
(Spoiler Alert: my dad goes head-to-head with the Adversary in Curse Breaker: Falls in January/February 2018.)
Okay enough digressing, let’s get back to that castle.
Behind us loomed a castle. Ahead, spread a wide canyon with sparse vegetation. Papa squatted in the dirt. Green light raced away from his hand. It homed in on the checkerboard at the far end of the canyon we’d seen from the battlement.
“What do you see?”
I leaned against Papa’s side. When the magic took my dad, it didn’t let go until it showed him what it wanted him to see. Nothing I did or said could interrupt that.
Papa shook his head and retracted his hand. After wiping the dust off on a corner of his cloak, which repelled the dust a moment later, he rose still shaking his head. A frown creased his forehead.
“I don’t see anyone except you, your uncle and me. We’re alone out here.”
But Papa sounded certain the opposite was true. However, that could be his natural distrust of people talking. I kicked a pebble.
“Can we go now? Our book has to be there.”
My eyes bulged, and I grasped after those betraying words to take them back. But I couldn’t. They were said. Now, Papa would ask the question I’d been dreading. (He didn’t know our book was missing nor that there was a book about his exploits, and I wanted to keep it that way.)
But if Papa heard me, he gave no sign. His luminous green eyes were fixed on our destination and the intervening distance between us and it.
“If we stick to the valley walls, we can reach it unseen. Come on.” Papa waved for me to follow, but I grabbed his hand and pulled.
When Papa glanced back at me, I gave him my best pleading look. He caved as he always does.
Papa skulked from bush to leaning stone while carrying me without too much difficulty. And after an hour, we crept through a tangle of rose bushes bordering the checkerboard.
Where was this ‘Editor’ person? Where was our book? Where were these dark gods, and why weren’t they rising? I bit my lip to keep all those questions penned behind my teeth where Papa couldn’t hear them.
We’d found the court of thorns and roses. Hadn’t we?
A shadow swept across the board, touching only the black squares. It moved from corner to corner then back again leaving a white pawn in its wake. Under the chess piece, pages rustled as a thousand children sang in unison:
“Come and see. Oh, come and see—what His dark deeds have done. ‘Cause I’ll be there. Yes, I’ll be there to show you—to show you. So, come and see. Oh, come and see …”
As their haunting refrain repeated, the pawn tipped over so the wind could flip open our book, Curse Breaker: Faceted, and turn its pages. Light cascaded out and words leaped from the page. They jogged around the board, catching Papa and me in its spell.
We were about to go and see. Journey with us. Download Curse Breaker: Faceted today. Join us next week to find out what happens next.
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