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The Seventh Country, Prologue Prologue
"...Why The Old Ones disappeared, we do not know, but several legends describe their savage ways of life. Some believe that a horrible plague took them, others that a great flood washed them away. Valick priests still claim that The Old Ones flew up to the skies above and settled themselves there..."
"What a pile of rubbish!"
The old historian shook his head and inked his pen once more. He was hunching over a pile of parchment in the far end of Vigmark's royal library. The king had requested that he, Notable Sarvos, put together all the old legends and stories of the known world. It was a hard task, to be sure, but the king had promised him such payment that he had found it impossible to refuse. In fact he always found it hard to refuse anything to royalty, especially regents. Now, however, he began to regret the whole thing. He was surrounded by rolls of parchment and old books. A sweet smell of antiquity and decay filled the room. He sneezed.
"Flew up to th
Leaving Southampton She was in the kitchen when he stumbled in noisily, tripping as he went past the shelves and catching the edge of the table to keep himself from falling.
Pretending not to hear the stream of curses that followed, she kept her eyes fixed on the dishes, letting her hand trail in the soapy water. There was a loud scraping of wood against grimy concrete as he drew a chair and collapsed into it. At this she looked up, and after a moment's hesitation, she said, unnecessarily, "You've been drinking."
He clutched his head and said nothing. He hadn't shaved in weeks and stank of sweat and alcohol; he looked much older than his eighteen years.
They sat in silence for a while. Then he announced, loudly, "Fuck."
She didn't bother to tell him off. She just waited. And jumped when he suddenly brought his fist down, hard, onto the table.
"Our lives here are s
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