Dunari Santa!

They’ve never heard of Christmas here. When I mentioned it to Shinytop, Stein Cat and Sparks, they became instantly curious. ‘It’s a curse word,’ Stein Cat said, claiming he’d heard every curse there ever was due to his dealings with the criminal underworld. As crazy as it sounded, he had a point. I’d once overheard Mum saying Christmas could be a curse when she…

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The Aqua Obscura

  Shinytop claimed yesterday to have entered the Aqua Obscura (Hidden Water) zone twice during his thieving days, the first time to steal, the second time for a bet. Considering it’s a highly secured inner city sea dock area, and trespassers face a mandatory twenty years in the Undersea Prison, we doubted his story. He kept insisting it was true. ‘That dock is packed…

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The Fortune Teller of Transpal

The morning after we’d finished our mud pool experiences, Ganhook announced that he wanted us to visit a fortune teller that someone had recommended to him. He gave us a gold coin each to go check her out. I weighted the coin in my hand. ‘Expensive.’ ‘The good ones always are.’ I imagined all the other things a gold coin could buy, chief of…

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Ganhook’s Favour Part 3 Transpal

Having huge Internet connection problems. I suspect it’s something to do with the hills surrounding Transpal. We arrived her on Saturday afternoon and this is the first proper connection I’ve got. Not that its much good because I can’t upload images. I just hope the connection doesn’t cut out. It wasn’t our fault that heavy rain caused us to be late. Ganhook didn’t agree….

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Ganhook’s Favour Part 2 The Transpal Road

We’ve been walking all day. Now we’re camped in a copse at the side of the Transpal road. Over half way there, we hope. It’s pitch black. Not a star in sight. Aisling chased me away from the campfire because she says the glare from the laptop could attract predators. I doubt there are any predators here—nothing big anyway—but I’m not staying online long…

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Ganhook’s Favour Part 1

Travelling List   Dust cloud protection spell: Camp protection spell. Sparks’ lamp: For fire, heat and light. Bottle of Lake Netran water: Direction finding water. Two days food and water: To survive. Two sleeping sacks: To sleep in. Two pairs of boots: To walk in. Treated foot supports: For blisters. Ponies: Optional.   This was the list Ganhook handed us when we returned to…

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The Flying Pen

Finally, after so many months of boring study in the school house, Ganhook gave us some magic to play around with today. Well, he didn’t intend us to ‘play’ with it, but every time we plucked up some of the black strands we got so giddy we looked like two children fumbling with a new toy. The strands released an energy that thrummed up…

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Shinytop Part 2

It’s been over a week since we returned from Dayshop Alley. The moment we were behind the compound’s walls, Shinytop requested to be left in the armoury. We were all still pretty fired up, so we didn’t have a problem dumping him down there. As the days went by, though, and our anger and frustration ebbed, I started to wonder how he was getting…

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Shinytop Part 1

We had a rare day off today. When Shinytop heard we were planning to visit a local market, he said. ‘I can bring you somewhere much more interesting.’ We knew that that really meant he wanted to go somewhere interesting, and he wanted us to bring him. ‘What place? I asked. ‘Dayshop Alley. Not many know about it. If you have unique things to…

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