Book 8 from Tales of Gom in the Legends of Ulm
“…. Morgan le Fay was not a destroyer so much as a challenger. Always would she test the truth and strength of those who would rule over others. In the fierce flame of her power was assayed the mettle of kings….”
Faster, the witch queen whirled, and faster, until, suddenly, she turned and ran up to the slab. Even she did not touch it, but, leaning over, she raised the skull on high. Note: the full version of the Halloween theme music is in Chapters ! and 2. Apologies to subscribers for non-delivery of chapters 10 and 12. Mailchimp went AWOL!
Like it or not, Rip was at that moment being carried to the foot of the Dark Queen’s throne.
Meg put her hands to her face and bent over. When she straightened again, a figure was standing at the top of the steps, looking straight down the cavern and into her eyes.
At the foot of the cliff was the mouth of a small cave, and clustered around that cave mouth were the four women who had gone with Greylen, looking in. Meg kept going. Driven by her anger, she shoved past them into the cave.
“I don’t care what happens,” (Meg) declared aloud a few minutes later, “Nobody—but nobody will ever get me to go down there again!”
Kenny got up, swaggered to the edge of the darkness, and peered out. The noise stopped. Kenny turned back towards them. “There. What’d I say?” Sue screamed. “Look out!”
“Oh, my goodness.” “Now what? Meg opened her eyes irritably. “Here.” Sue sounded urgent. “Here. On the other side of the rock. Quick!” With a pointed sigh, Meg stood up. “This had better be good,” she said.
“I thought what a shame it was. According to the table, the moon is in conjunction.” “Speak English.” “That means that the moon is the opposite of full. In other words … tonight in our world … there is no moon!”
Somehow…they were back in the ruined cottage. The old sick feeling returned at the stench in that place. Yet the warmth in her belly remained. “Oh, well,” she said. Kenny’s voice came in answer. “Wilson? Wilson? I hear you. Watch out—here I come!”
.. . . . Meg’s whole body began to tingle as though sparks were running up and down it. There was an odd burnt smell as the air around her flared into a cold brilliance, lighting up that desolate ruin.
“You stay here,” (Meg) said. “I’ll send Mother for you. Me, I’m going to have to move. With that, Meg turned and made for the front door, running for her life! Happy Halloween!
“Hey! Hey—you! Wilson!” Kenny’s voice was angry. She did not look back. She made herself walk with dignity to the corner of the school building, where, once out of sight, she hoisted her Red Riding Hood skirts and ran. Bonus items repeated from Chapter 1: Frontispiece showing Meg & Sue on their way to the school party. Map of area showing locations of the school, their home, and the Halloween Wood.
To mark the beginning of this book and also the Halloween season, I offer the full theme music, which runs to 2m:47s. Hereafter it will be excerpted as usual. Bonus items: Frontispiece from book showing Meg and Sue on way to Halloween Party at school. Map of local area including Wood, their home, and the school.
Lucky the few who tread these ways / And dwell within these bounds; Where cool bough shades the sun’s bright rays / And rushing stream resounds. Thus with glad song to Harga’s lake / We take the forest’s course, On Harga’s isle new lives to make / For boy, and hawk, and horse! Gom’s song of the Dunderfosse. Bonus Item: Image of Gom and Wycan standing under the Prime Tamarith Thanks to all who gave time and effort throughout the series, especially to Anya, Michael, and Caidren for their input, to Briony for her staunch support, and to Josua who started me along this wonderful road. Monday sees the beginning of ‘On All Hallows’ Eve’: the adventure continues!
As the fire struck, The Spohr let fly a howl of rage. Then turning, it entered the gate. “No!” Gom sprang forward, seized the monster’s arm and pulled but it was too strong. He passed into the gate with it. There came a brilliant flash, then darkness, then a burst of blinding quiet. Keke’s voice by Anya Eleni Thursday marks end of the Gom series: 3 years, 9 books. And next? On All Hallows’ Eve, just in time for the season!
The monster vanished, the Harga form stayed fixed upon him. Locked into her gaze, Gom felt a brief stab of urgency. A thought sprang, clear, into his mind. The thought became three words, uttered aloud. The voice was his own. Up to me. Keke’s voice by Anya Eleni Bonus items: Image of the Kithyweird taken from the back cover of the Feral Press, Inc. edition. Note on the name Kithyweird
“I ask again,” Stormfleet said . . . “What is (Wycan) after? Apparitions are not much use, however attractive to the eye. He should be running after mortal maids, a lad like him. And I shall tell him so.” Keke’s voice by Anya Eleni
“The shadows have gone,” (Wycan) said flatly. “They went back behind the rocks.” “Yes,” said Gom grimly. “I know.” Wycan knelt up. “You heard them? You understood? What did they say?” Gom swallowed. Said one word. “Katak.”