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The Legend of the 1500, Part 6

Day 107. 81 pages, 36,200 words. To my surprise, although I should probably have expected it, Creepy had rather huffily departed to achieve honour and glory on his own by the time I finished my noodles and had set up … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 26

The problem, I reflected later, was that there is never really any good or evil in the world. Even in a place like Xix, it just wasn’t something that could be divided so simply. The closer one got to textbook … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 25

“What are you planning on doing?” I asked, not entirely sure I wanted to hear it, in the unlikely event of Yoru’s actually knowing. Yoru shrugged, an act which dislodged something wet and slithery from a fold in his clothing. … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 24

“And then you’ll come back and give us a proper explanation,” Yoru said. “Sure, why not.” “I thought you said it would take thirty years or more-” Creepy Junior said, displaying once again his father’s flair for unwelcome commentary. “It’s … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 23

Yoru took this in the manner of a man hearing, for example, about super-light-speed particles for the first time. It was a bit of a blow to his world-view, but not something that was remotely relevant to his day-to-day life. … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 22

It didn’t sound to me like a troop of guards heading to apprehend an intruder, though. It didn’t sound like that at all. To me, it sounded a lot more like a troop of guards being driven slowly backwards along … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 21

“You’re Creepy’s … that is, Hatboy’s son,” I concluded. “The Hatboy who made himself King.” “Illegitimate son,” the man, who I now couldn’t stop thinking of as Creepy Junior, replied self-deprecatingly. “I stepped down from the succession over fifteen years … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 20

“You’re not going to call the guards?” “No. I assume you’re going to want to leave here, though, and you’re not likely to manage that without meeting a few of them.” “I don’t suppose you’d care to tell me your … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 19

“I must say, you took that very calmly,” the whatever-he-was said. “And where did he go, anyway?” “Oh,” I shrugged. “Back.” “‘Back’?” “Yeah,” I waved my hand in a hopefully mystical sort of way. “Returnèd unharmed to the distant world … Continue reading

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Torquis in Machina, Part 18

“Oh dear,” Creepy said, a yawn in his voice. “I wonder if he also had a secret failsafe switch installed.” “Lord Hyronius discovered and disconnected the failsafe switch eight years after Hatboy’s departure,” the Regent said, “when the throne killed … Continue reading

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