Other

“Ready?” Juliette turned towards the voice to see nothing but a cloth covered sternum. Honestly, if she was not accustomed to people being taller than she was, she might have freaked out a little bit.  However, she was the only daughter in a family of large German boys, so the sight was nothing new. Slowly, she tilted her head up until the sternum grew shoulders, a neck, and a handsome face she vaguely recognized. She smiled at his expressionless face. Somehow, the lack of emotion did not make him frightening or detract from his handsome features. His blue eyes were (more…)

That Which Remains

Beyond the door, he could hear the steady thump–whoosh, thump– whoosh of the man’s heart beating and the scratch, scratch, scratch of his pen across paper. It was a familiar sound. It made him think of his parents, and the long hours, sometimes late into the night, they spent managing the family’s finances. He remembered being small enough to crawl into his father’s lap when he couldn’t sleep to watch them work. Before the pain of those thoughts could distract him, he knocked three times and waited for the man to grant him entry. It wasn’t long before he heard (more…)

The Black Forest 2: That Which Remains

Hello everyone and welcome back to another chapter of The Black Forest. If you’ve found this post and are interested in reading the story, I would suggest you start with the first chapter “Other” or read the synopsis here. The second chapter is here! “That Which Remains“. Here’s an excerpt: Kind, he thought. It had been a long time since someone had been truly kind to him. He had almost forgotten what that could mean. His parents had known what kindness was and had instilled it in Percival and his siblings, yet it had all been lost with them. Kindness, Percival thought. Kindness. (more…)

Night In The Forest

You could go sit at the fire with them. That small voice always said such strange and kind things. Percival had yet to figure out where it came from or what it was supposed to convey though he had theories. In his opinion, those thoughts might have been worth something if there was someone around worthy enough for the kindness and effort they hinted. Why make such suggestions with such a life-tired tone? Why make them at all? It will be out in a matter of hours, the clinical voice in his head said. Though the wind did not smell (more…)

The Black Forest 3: Night In The Forest

Hello everyone and welcome back to another chapter of The Black Forest. If you’ve found this post and are interested in reading the story, I would suggest you start with the first chapter “Other” or read the synopsis here. The next chapter is here! “Night In The Forest“. Here’s an excerpt: Another twist of a feeling washed through him. Amusement, he thought, recognizing that easily as so much of what they spoke about turned out to be amusing in a pitiable way. He glanced over to where Adolf sat and rummaged through his bag. He pulled out a small hunk of bread (more…)

That Which Survived

Percival didn’t sleep. Instead, he busied himself with whittling and catching breakfast until the sun rose. Sometime before dawn, he caught a few fish and a bird large enough to eat. After he set them on the spit, he left the camp to bathe. Hopefully, the others would wake up, with just enough time to be too worried about the late hour to do more than stuff the blankets in their bags and hurriedly rush through the forest. He had no explanation for his actions, and he didn’t want to be thanked. Percival just wanted to get to Paris in (more…)

The Black Forest 4: That Which Survived

Hello everyone and welcome back to another chapter of The Black Forest. If you’ve found this post and are interested in reading the story, I would suggest you start with the first chapter “Other” or read the synopsis here. The next chapter is here! “That Which Survived“. Here’s an excerpt: Kindness, he thought. This was kindness, and it felt right as if his mother’s hand was on his shoulder. He didn’t dare turn his head for fear of seeing a phantom of her there. Be sure to keep in contact with Juliette, he could hear her say at the back of his (more…)