30 – Ivory

Bonnie Terato had been a young girl when the Enchantress came knocking on her door. If asked, she wouldn’t be able to place her exact age. Older than ten, perhaps, though younger than thirteen.  Old enough to have opinions about old women trying to get into her house. Her parents were out at the time.Continue reading “30 – Ivory”

29 – Ebony

Bonnie needed something simple. She’d been dealing with a number of beings both fair and foul, and she honestly just wanted something simple and vicious to deal with. No fae, no demons, no vengeance quests. Just a monster that needed dealing with. There were always monsters that needed dealing with. Blackwood, a hanging tree withContinue reading “29 – Ebony”

26 – Cat’s Cradle

Bonnie was glad to have her coat back. The dress wasn’t a bad change, but she felt better in hunter’s garb than in any gown. That kind of life wasn’t meant for her. The cat’s lounge wasn’t anything special. Chairs and couches were sat around round tables marked by green cloth. Guests here played gamesContinue reading “26 – Cat’s Cradle”

25 – Parasite

The human body is vulnerable. It lacks the natural defenses other creatures have; the thicker hides, the hard scales, the protective shells.  Mankind knew what it lacked, so it crafted unnatural defense to counter natural offense. Thus Civilization rose from Nature. Humans had no claws, so they crafted knives. Humans had no fur, so theyContinue reading “25 – Parasite”

23 – Vanities

Bonnie hadn’t expected Ramon to apologize. Most people who screwed her over didn’t tend to, but the red wolf actually seemed contrite.  Not that he hadn’t planned to have her fight the lion in his place. He most certainly had. It was just, to hear him tell it, that he had planned to actually tellContinue reading “23 – Vanities”

22 – Bearing

Bonnie had to admit, the food at the ball was good. It looked good, but how something looked and what it was were often entirely separate from one another when dealing with fae. To tell the truth, a large part of her had expected something more grotesque. A banquet of rot, perhaps, where there wasContinue reading “22 – Bearing”

20 – Aurum

Castle Aurora. It was a name that resonated among those who yearned for the fantastic: The Castle without a King.  No ruler held it, no lord claimed its land. It belonged to the Kindred, in as much as it could belong to anyone. They were its hosts, and a grand ball was always held inContinue reading “20 – Aurum”

19 – Autumn

Bonnie had been to the Autumn Lands before. Despite the chill of encroaching winter that permeated the northern countries she called home, the cold in Autumn was lesser. Unprotected, one would still shiver, but here, no snow fell from the sky and the trees still kept their leaves, orange though they were. In most circumstances,Continue reading “19 – Autumn”

18 – Strigoi

Strigoi weren’t nearly as simple as Moroi. Moroi were easy, compared to Strigoi. They were blood hungry beasts with barely a thought between their ears. The batlike beasts could hide, they could ambush, and they could, with some effort, come up with plans. The Strigoi, on the other hand, could actually think. Not like humansContinue reading “18 – Strigoi”