Through the Gates

This is Part 16 of an on-going serial I’m writing called, “Lyr the Enchanter”. To read the story from the beginning, you can find the story index, here.


As I opened my eyes, the enchantment held fast. It would not fade. After some moments, I had to use my own enchanter’s magic against it and force it from my head. This troubled me. It told me whoever was behind it was strong. Powerful. And that was something I didn’t want to dwell on.

The Boatman was here. Arastia got in, saying to the cloaked figure, ‘I forbid you from saying a word. No soul-searching either.’

With The Boatman at the prow, Arastia sitting in the middle, I sat in the back of the boat. In silence we moved through the gates and into the blackness of the cave.

How much time passed, I could not tell. We did not stop until the boat pulled alongside a set of stone steps that led down into the earth.

Without a word being exchanged, we disembarked, and then began our descent downwards into the dark.


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #16 – I’m a little over the word count this time round, at 154, but it was at 196 at one point, before some major pruning had to be undertaken.  I’ll settle for four over, methinks! 🙂

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