Fantasy/sci-fi. Cleric Kwan Chen-Li defers to a fellow Cleric named William Longbottle, who helps describe some of the Guilds’ leaders and powers to the Realmwalkers. Chen-Li also describes the capabilities of the boy who contacted them via Interrealm.

REALMWALKERS: GENESIS CODE 04

Fantasy/sci-fi. Cleric Kwan Chen-Li defers to a fellow Cleric named William Longbottle, who helps describe some of the Guilds’ leaders and powers to the Realmwalkers. Chen-Li also describes the capabilities of the boy who contacted them via Interrealm.

Once Hilo was seated and the situation had been explained to him, Chan-Li continued speaking to Alain. “I did say to give absolute trust to no one, but I believe the Sentinels are the least likely candidates. Their devotion to the welfare of Paradise in some ways surpasses our own. May I see the message sent to you?”

“It was meant to be top secret, but I can show you the meeting place. Maybe you can inform us about it. I wouldn’t want to walk into a trap. Do you have any ‘natural’ writing materials handy?”

The Clerics did: a pencil and paper. Alain smirked: the graphite in the pencil was probably allowed here only because it was a form of carbon, mineral though it was.

“You find our ways quaint, do you not?” Chan-Li sounded less than pleased, but not very surprised.

“Whatever gets the job done, I always say.” Alain printed the name of the location very carefully and handed the slip of paper back to Kwan, who read the writing and frowned.

“Can you tell me who sent this message, Master Alain?”

“Not by name, no. I can describe him… wait, you’re all in contact with each other mentally, aren’t you?”

“Yes.”

“Then this will be quicker.” Lighting his left hand with the blue radiance of the Gift of Healing, Alain touched Chan-Li’s forehead. Upon contact, Alain could “feel” his thoughts jumping from mind to mind among the adult Clerics present around him.

“We see.” Cleric Kwan nodded after Alain released him. “We know both the sender and the location and I advise strongly against going there.”

“Why is that?” Slate asked.

“I will defer to my brother among the Clerics, William Longbottle. His house is so-called because it makes our wines and other spirits. He is a Ne’fi like you and can speak in terms you readily understand.”

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  • johnmariow on Aug 31, 2012

    Well written. It held my interest.

  • Jack Shepherd on Sep 2, 2012

    :D Jason Ward and I both thank you. In a serial novel like this, he’s been sketching the framework he wants and I’ve been filling in with details as to how my own characters think and act.

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