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June 30, 2012

How Way Leads On To Way, Chapter Three

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, How Way Leads On to Way — D.X. Machina @ 6:49 pm


“The safest road to hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

–Clive Staples Lewis, British Theologan (1898-1963)

It was three days before Tom grew back to normal.

Of course Tom grew back to normal. It would be ridiculous to think he wouldn’t. He could do so at any time. And while he didn’t really want to do it — he wanted to simply die, to have God switch off his life like a light switch — eventually he realized he would have to. Just to get situated.

He wasn’t going back to his life, mind you. He didn’t think Rose was bluffing, and even if she was, he had no intention of calling said bluff. The life that he’d led was over. He could never go home.

But that didn’t mean that there wasn’t a future for him. There was. He had the stone. Yes, his first experiment with it had gone disastrously wrong. Yes, he’d destroyed his relationship with Rose, his life, everything.

He had the stone, though. He had more than one fantasy. He could use it to live them out. If his life was over, he might as well enjoy the half-life he had left.

Besides, over the three days he spent hiding in the bushes of the suburban cul-de-sac, he had the opportunity to see a few women who reminded him of why he had been fascinated by shrinking.

There was the late-twenties MILF who stayed home with her young kids. They’d almost found him twice while they played outside. The second time, he’d managed to work his way underneath the chair where the monolithic mother sat; her bare legs were magnificent, her bare feet awesome.

There was the pair of teenage sisters who went out tanning in their backyard one afternoon each wearing skimpy swimsuits. The older one was in her late teens, maybe a senior or college freshman. He felt okay about ogling her. The younger one…well, he’d ogled her anyhow. He’d done so from a distance, at the base of their fence, but even at a fair distance they were mammoth, and he tore himself away from them with difficulty.

There was the slightly older mother who was gardening, and damn near found him as she pulled weeds. From the shadow of a variegated hosta, he’d watched the tremendous woman, still radiant despite being in her late thirties or early forties. As she bend over, her breasts swelled and dangled above him. He found his throat was dry as he looked at them; he wondered what it would be like to be in her bra.

So on the third day, he snuck into the older mom’s house. Not to get into her bra; he had bigger plans. Her husband departed, her kids departed, she departed, and he was alone in the house.

He worked quickly. He grew himself to normal, and dove into the shower, scrubbing quickly. They would be working, he knew. The kids would be in school. Still, he showered for less than three minutes. Then he rushed into the master bedroom, and grabbed shorts, a shirt, and a pair of underwear; there was no time to debate the niceties of wearing another guy’s clothes. He wanted to be at least somewhat presentable.

He grabbed his wallet, the stone, and his keys, and jammed them into the pockets the shorts were a bit loose, so he cinched them with a belt. He then purposefully strode out of the house, and began to run, quickly, down the street.

He didn’t care where he was going, not at the moment. Absently, he kneeled down by a storm drain, and tossed his shirt and pants and cell phone into it. He would get rid of his wallet soon enough.

But for now, he had some purchases to make.

He walked on for a good half hour before he got to a main road; he walked along it for another hour before he found what he was looking for — a big box store. (more…)


June 20, 2012

How Way Leads On To Way, Chapter Two

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, How Way Leads On to Way — D.X. Machina @ 11:36 pm

“What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.” 

                  –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Poet (1749-1832)

In the dream, Brenton was shouting at the screen like a viewer at a horror movie. “Don’t go in there! Look out!” But Tom was not listening. He was creeping through the dark, up against Rose, moving inexorably toward her truly spectacular ass. The slumbering form of the woman-mountain radiated warmth and a sweet, intoxicating scent that Tom knew he’d sensed before, but never so strongly.

He slid his hand along the soft skin of his object of desire, brushing his hand over the unending tapestry of skin. He reached her hip, and leaned up against her behind, planting a kiss upon it before he continued on to the point where it sloped away into her thigh.

His eyes had adjusted now to the dim light filtering into the cavern of Rose’s bedsheets. He looked up to the top of her thigh, and noted that the leg on top was set forward some distance, and there, in the space between, he saw the bottom border of her labia.

He paused. He paused for a good minute, staring up at the cleft of her pretty pussy, trying to decide what to do next. He probably should turn around now. Go to her head. Get her attention. He could make up a story about being shrunk; it wasn’t like he hadn’t read a macrophile story or two. He could probably convince her that it had happened when he came over to visit; yes, that seemed likely to work. He’d shrunk in the entryway. Sure. He could tell her that. She’d probably believe him.

Or he could climb up her thigh, and look at her vagina more closely.

He knew he might never get this chance again if he went to her. She would help him, of course, if she thought he was in trouble. But would she ever put him here? At this size? Here was a girl he had wanted for years. And her pussy was a short climb away.

He began to ascend the thigh.

He was drawn like a moth to the flame. He could smell her, feel the heat radiating from her. He ascended along the thigh where buttock met it, pulling himself inexorably along, grabbing at the skin as if it were a rock wall.

And then he was there. Even in the dim light, he could see the bottom of her labia, two lips poking out between her thighs.

He reached for them, and slid his hand between them.

What happened next was unexpected by Tom, to say the least. He had read a ton of stories on giantess sites, and unconsciously or not, those stories informed what he thought would happen. Which is to say, he didn’t think much would happen. The objet d’amour always would remain unaware in those stories until it was time for her to pay attention.

Rose was not an objet; Rose was a woman. She reacted the way most of us would react if, three-quarters of the way to being fully asleep, we suddenly felt our gentials being played with by something mouse-sized.

The world exploded, near as Tom could tell. Rose rolled, and Tom found himself flung through the air by her sudden movement. He bounced twice, and fell off the cliff of the bed, falling some distance down and landing on a soft, warm surface — the belly of Rose, who had in her sudden panic rolled completely out of bed and onto the floor.

Still dazed, Rose looked down at her stomach, and saw the tiny man — Tom — sitting there. He’d been the one poking her. Not a mouse. A Tom.

Tom looked up at Rose, looking down at him bemusedly. He started to raise a hand in greeting.

But he stopped when her eyes began to narrow.

The goddess whose stomach he rested on recognized him. He could see it. She didn’t speak. She didn’t have to. The look she gave him told him everything he needed to know about what she thought.

“I…uh…I was shrunk, and…uh….”

He stopped. He had been of a mind, briefly, that maybe he could bluff his way through. Claim he’d been shrunk, claim he’d just been trying to get her attention.

But he could see it in her eyes. She was mortified. And she was furious.

When she finally reached for him, as he’d always dreamed she someday would, she did not grasp him gently.

Indeed, Rose had to fight the urge to simply deposit him in the toilet and flush.

Instead, in short order he was dumped unceremoniously in a drawer in her nightstand. He found himself unable to speak as she shut the drawer, not even gazing at him.

Some time later, through the wood, he thought he heard the sound of her crying.

*  *  *

It was deep, deep into the night when the drawer finally opened again.

He couldn’t explain why he hadn’t used the stone to change his size. He could have shrunk to nothing, so she couldn’t find him. He could have grown to full size, and exploded the nightstand in an awesome display of the power he wielded. But he had done neither. He had been too in shock to even contemplate it.

She was dressed, now. Nothing fancy; a shirt, some shorts. Her enormous eyes were red with the tears she had cried.

“What the fuck were you doing, Tom,” she said. It was not a question. It was an accusation.

“I’m sorry,” Tom said. “I didn’t — I didn’t mean to….”

“You didn’t mean to stick your hand in my vagina? No, Tom, I’m not buying that one at all. What, did you shrink, trip, and suddenly fall into my vagina? Nope.”

“I just…I was shrunk, and I…you were so….”

“It isn’t a fucking complement, Tom!” she said, eyes cold. “You didn’t ask.”

“I just….”

“You. Didn’t. Ask.”

“No,” he said, quietly. “I didn’t.”

She stared down at him. “What really sucks, Tom, is that I actually liked you. If you’d asked…I might have said yes.”

Those words wounded him far more deeply than anything ever had.

“I was shrunk….” he said, lamely.

“I know; you got White’s Disease, evidently. Sucks for you. Maybe you found your way here heroically. Maybe you were going to get my attention or something. And if you had done that, I would have taken care of you.

“But you had to go and rape me. That I won’t forgive.”

“I didn’t!” he cried, but she stopped that line of attack cold.

“What do you call sneaking into someone’s bed and stuffing your hand in someone’s pussy without her consent, Tom? A friendly hello? You bastard. You don’t deserve to live, you know that, right?”

Tom couldn’t answer her, because it had finally penetrated his skull that she was absolutely and completely right. What he had done in service of his fetish…what kind of man was he?

“I’m not going to kill you, though I probably should. But I’m not going to make life easy for you, either. We’re going.”

“Going? Where?” Tom mumbled.

“I didn’t catch that, but assuming you’re wondering where we’re going, the answer is simple: somewhere else. Somewhere where you can’t find your way back to me, ever again. And before you think you can find some other friend to assault, believe me, Tom, I’m going to let everyone you’ve ever met what happened to you, and what you tried to do to me. If you ever poke your head up in civilized society again, I will press rape charges.”

Tom thought about arguing with her, thought about telling her that she was bluffing, that she had no proof. He could grow back, go home, tomorrow when she was telling people that he’d raped her while shrunk he could simply call her a liar, say it never happened, it was a delusion.

But he looked up at her giant, wounded visage, and he knew he could never do that. He had hurt her so badly already. How could he hurt her more?

And so when she shoved him in her purse, he did not fight. During the several hours in which he felt the car in motion, he did not attempt to escape. And when she dropped him, alone, in the high grass in some bland suburban cul-de-sac, he did not run, and he did not return to normal size.

She dropped him on the ground, paused only a moment, and headed back to the car, and as dawn broke, she drove away.

“I’m sorry,” Tom said quietly, and then he began trudging through the shoulder-high grass, looking for a place to lay his weary head.

March 28, 2012

How Way Leads On to Way, Chapter One

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, How Way Leads On to Way — D.X. Machina @ 9:05 pm

“For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?”

                                                    –Matthew 16:26

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” 

                                                    –Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, American Philosopher (1925- )


Brenton Eld fished out his key from his left pocket with a trembling hand, and carefully fit it into the lock on the door. He jiggled it, shifted it slightly, then turned it. He quickly grabbed the door knob with his other hand and opened it, moving quickly into the small studio apartment that was his home. Closing the door behind him, he bolted the door shut, switched on the light, and sighed with relief. Safe. He was safe.

“Safe? Is that what you think?”

Brenton dropped the keys. He knew the voice; it fit in that hollow spot of his soul just as the key fit the tumblers in the lock.

“I’ve taken precautions,” he said, not daring to turn to the kitchen, to the one he feared more than anyone. The one he should fear more than anyone.

“Oh, Brenton. Do you really believe that you have?”

“I’ve washed the walls with Holy Water. There’s a crucifix watching over the apartment. I’ve –“

“A crucifix?” The voice was mirthful, mocking. “I’m not a vampire, Brenton.”

“I know,” he whispered.

“Did you hang up garlic? Maybe buy some silver bullets? Come now. Do you really think that these…precautions…will protect you from Me?”

“No,” Brenton replied, as a single tear tracked down his cheek.

“Good. You have disappointed Me enough, Brenton. At least you do not underestimate Me.”

“I would never underestimate you.”

“Excellent. Look at me, Brenton.”

Brenton Eid finally allowed himself to turn toward the kitchen, where He stood, calmly, hands on his hips, foot tapping impatiently. He was dashingly handsome, a tall, thin man with a ruddy complexion and a neatly-trimmed goatee, a red rose in the lapel of his black pinstripe suit.

“Lord Satan, I –“

“Now is not the time for explanations, Brenton. You failed Me. You know it, and I know it. We hada deal.”

“Yes, I know, but  –“

“I would allow you to live, and you would corrupt someone.”

“It’s not that I haven’t been trying, but –“

“And yet eighteen months later, what have you done? Lost the girl you told Me you had to live for. Lost the fortune you swore you were days away from making. Lost everything — and yet, you still have not turned anyone toward Me. You haven’t even tried.”

“Please, Lord Satan, give me more time, I just need to –“

“If you were actively trying, I’d forgive you. I am very patient. Oh yes — I am. But you come here at the end of each day and hide in the shadows, as if you can ignore our little bargain. And you cannot, Brenton. You exist at My pleasure; I can end your existence at any moment. And I will, you know. I will end it today.”

“Please, Lord Satan. Not the Pit. Not yet. I can turn someone, I swear it.”

“It is only because you know someone who is wavering that I come here today,” Satan said, calmly. “And so here is your mark: Tom Lane. You know him well, don’t you.”

Brenton knew his jaw had dropped. When he picked it up, he said, “Lord, not Tom. Don’t…don’tmake me corrupt Tom.”

“I don’t make you do anything, Brenton. If you do not wish to corrupt Tom, you do not have to. I can end this as easy as switching off that light; say the word, and we go back to the Pit — and Tom is safe. It’s your choice.”

Brenton looked at the Prince of Lies, and bowed his head.

“What do you want me to do?” he asked.

Shaitan Lucifer Iblis smiled his most winning smile. He gave Brenton his choice. And Brenton, he had chosen poorly.

“Just one little thing,” Satan said. “Just one little thing.”


February 15, 2010

The Wager: Epilogue

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, The Wager — D.X. Machina @ 4:53 am



(“We have won”)

Hephaestus bowed slightly to Aphrodite. “Declare the terms of your victory.”

Aphrodite smiled triumphantly. There had been times when she doubted this moment would come.

“You will work for women. You will treat them equally to men. And you will grant me my freedom.”

Hephaestus looked at his wife, and sighed. He looked down at the ground, and wiped a tear from his eye.

“I only ever loved you, Aphrodite. But I gave you my word. And so it is. You are free.”

Aphrodite let loose a big sigh, three thousand years’ worth of guilt exiting with it.

She walked over to her ex-husband, and gave him a peck on the cheek.

“What was that for?” Hephaestus asked.

“Because I did love you, once,” Aphrodite said, “despite your flaws. And because maybe, some day, you may realize the error of your ways. When you do…come back to Olympus, Hephaestus. I may be willing to greet you there, if not as a wife, then as a friend.”

Hephaestus frowned. “My place is in Hell.”

“For now,” she said. “For now. But you know the Unspoken Principum. You know you may one day return.

“But now is not the time to discuss that. For now…I have one last duty to attend to.”

“Give them choice,” Hephaestus said.

“I will,” Aphrodite said. “I will.” (more…)

The Wager, Chapter 16

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, The Wager — D.X. Machina @ 4:21 am

Chapter Sixteen

(For the fairest)

The American poet Benjamin Gibbard once noted, quite accurately, that love is watching someone die.

“You two ready?”

Adam sat outside the plexiglass box that had become his home within his home in the past few days. It wasn’t a bad idea, mind you, the box – it would allow him more time with Stephanie. The world was becoming a very dangerous place for him, not that it hadn’t been before.

“Okay. Two minutes to air.”

Two weeks, it had been. Two weeks since the night that Adam had made it home, the night he and Stephanie had made love to each other despite the gulf between them, the one that had been widening for months.

“Do we have his mike up? We’re ready to go to him?”

In two weeks, the gulf had widened further. He was now just a centimeter tall, a bit less than four-tenths of an inch. The size of an ant.

“All right, camera four – the image is good. We’re just going to stay on that. 90 seconds.”

Stephanie loomed four-and-a-half times larger than she had that night he’d explored her. She appeared almost a thousand feet tall, over three hundred meters. There was no question of whether she was a skyscraper now. She would have been the tallest building in the state, by his lights. Her legs alone would have been smallish skyscrapers.

“One minute to air. Jayne, stand by.”

She sat by his side, on a chair that had been placed next to his table in the living room.

It wasn’t a prison. Stephanie had seen to it that he could open the doors to the enclosure that had been constructed for him, a feat of quick and intelligent engineering by a couple of engineering students at a local university. There were buttons that he would be able to press for another few weeks, anyhow.

But he wasn’t going to leave it much, he knew, and certainly not on his own. The world was a big place now. He only would leave if she was there.

“Thirty seconds.”

She looked down on him and smiled, squinting from her distant perch. She was trying to make out his features, he knew. He was too small for her to read him from more than a few inches away. And when she was a few inches away, she was too big.

He couldn’t integrate the enormous pool of an eye, the cliff of a nose, the rough terrain of her lips. He still ached for her. And they had kept making love these two weeks, as best they could. But each day had taken her just a little bit more beyond him. Each day, she became tougher to navigate.

February 9, 2010

The Wager, Chapter 15

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, The Wager — D.X. Machina @ 6:08 am

Chapter Fifteen

βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν (Kingdom of Heaven)

It would be nice to say that from that instant, Adam and Stephanie lived happily ever after. That the curse was broken, everything went back to normal, and they lived out their lives, happy and perfect.

But that wouldn’t be quite right. For one thing, nobody is really happy ever after. One suspects that Cinderella bickered with her Prince; one feels certain that Snow White and Prince Charming had to spend much of their first year of marriage simply getting to know each other. And how readily did Beauty take to the Beast, once he had become human again? The story is silent; we can only guess.

For another, the curse wasn’t broken. Adam was the size of Stephanie’s thumb. Whatever fate had brought him back to her had not cured him. The resumed their countdown to their separation, only now knowing just how painful it would be.

Adam and Stephanie desperately wanted just to melt into each other, but both knew within minutes of their uniting that simply being with each other would have to wait.

In real life, even in the happiest of real lives, there are still moments of doubt. There are still responsibilities to attend to. There are still promises to keep.

Adam had been the first one to broach the topic, some time after Stephanie had held him to her bosom.

“So…before we do anything else, we need to get you cleared,” Adam said.

Stephanie raised her eyebrows at this. “I don’t need to be cleared. I didn’t do anything.”

“I know,” Adam said. (Stephanie strained to hear him. He was so much smaller now. She wondered if they could rig a microphone for him. She wondered if that would help.) “Of course you didn’t do anything. Only now, you have proof. Me. And I want you cleared immediately, because…Stephanie, you’re everything to me. I don’t want you getting attacked because I can’t keep myself safe.”

“I should have kept you safe,” Stephanie said, darkly.

“I don’t know if you could have,” Adam said, his eyes focused somewhere beyond Stephanie’s lovely, imposing visage. “The people who took me….”

Adam let the words trail off, because he realized to his horror that he would have to explain what had been done to him. He’d have to tell the police about the torture that was inflicted on him. He didn’t want to. (more…)

February 2, 2010

The Wager, Chapter 14

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, The Wager — D.X. Machina @ 3:16 am

Chapter Fourteen

Ἐπεὶ δ’ οὖν πάντες ὅσοι τε περιπολοῦσιν φανερῶς καὶ ὅσοι φαίνονται καθ’ ὅσον ἂν ἐθέλωσιν θεοὶ γένεσιν ἔσχον, λέγει πρὸς αὐτοὺς ὁ τόδε τὸ πᾶν γεννήσας τάδε” 1

Aphrodite swallowed as the thirteen members of the Council filed in, each sliding behind their chairs – well, all save Kunapipi, who simply floated in the space afforded her. They sat as one, as if they had choreographed their motions; as they sat down, the sober, dark man at the center of the semicircle spoke.

“You may be seated,” he said, in an accent not very different from the one Mami Wata affected. “The Council of Thirteen is now in session, a majority of its members being present, we shall first open with daily business, followed by the expedited petition in the case of Aphrodite v. Hephaestus. The Chair recognizes the distinguished Chair Emeritus.”

“Thank you, Mr. Chair,” said Yhwh, stroking his long, white beard. “I request the call of the roll.”

“To what purpose?”

“We have quite a full house today, and I believe that a more formal introduction is warranted.”

“Because we are Gods, and we wish to be loved, you mean,” Anansi said, waggishly. “Very well, the distinguished Chair Emeritus has requested a formal call of the roll, are there three seconds?” Eleven Gods raised their hands. “Clearly three second, the Chief of Staff shall call the roll.” (more…)

January 22, 2010

The Wager: Chapter Thirteen

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, The Wager — D.X. Machina @ 2:52 am

Chapter Thirteen

Λάθε βιώσας
(Live Hidden)

The great American philosopher Thomas E. Petty once observed, “The waiting is the hardest part.” Certainly, Aoibheal found this to be true. Standing, ready to defend against the Prince of Darkness, the goddess was quite certain that she was about to be destroyed.

“What stakes do you demand?” she asked, as the ritual required. She showed no sign of fear, but inside she quaked, as she expected the Ruler of Hell to demand her soul.

“I demand your obedience on an issue of importance,” Satan said, calmly. “And should you win, you will have the same of me.”

She frowned a bit. She wasn’t sure that being bound in Satan’s service was a better fate than being destroyed.

“You do not choose destruction?”

Satan laughed. “No, friend, I do not. If I start destroying other Gods, then other Gods will get angry, and come try to destroy me. Oh, I’m not saying I haven’t done so in the past, when things were a bit rougher. But these are better times. And so I ask merely your obedience. Nothing more.”

Aoibheal was briefly dubious; she was dealing with the Prince of Lies. But she nodded to the Devil. “My word is my bond,” she said.

“So let it be,” Lucifer replied, and bowed, respectfully, a motion Aoibheal mocked.

“Aye,” she said. “Let us begin.” (more…)

December 12, 2009

The Wager: Chapter Twelve

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, The Wager — D.X. Machina @ 1:27 am

Chapter Twelve

Σὺν Ἀθηνᾷ καὶ χεῖρα κίνει1

The Great Hall of the Palace of the Morning Star was awe-inspiring, even for one who had grown up on Mount Olympus. Easily the size of a large stadium, the hall rose eight stories into the air, topped with a massive series of frescoes depicting the start of the rebellion in Heaven, the attack of the rebel angels, the fall of Lucifer and his cadre, and the establishing of the Kingdom of Hell. If an observer didn’t know better, she would have thought the frescoes looked like they could have been Michaelangelo’s work; if she thought further about it, she would realize with shock that this was because they were Michaelangelo’s works. And what works they were! Compared to them, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel looked rather drab; Michaelangelo had labored two hundred years on this ceiling, or perhaps two thousand; time has no real meaning in Hell.

The hall itself was astonishing, decorated in chandeliers that blazed forth with constant cold fire, illuminating statues and monuments aplenty to the angels who had rebelled, and to Hell’s best agents on Earth. The obsidian columns that supported the great ceiling were crowned in gold, and silver stripes two feet wide bordered the main walkways into and out of the chamber. It was more opulent than Olympus, or Yhwh’s palace in Heaven, but then, Lucifer had always been rather keen on proving his worth.

The most shocking thing to Eros would have been seen as almost mundane to the casual observer. Halfway through the hall, columns arranged themselves into a rotunda the size of a football pitch. The ceiling here rose over a hundred meters to a domed ceiling painted with the morning sky, a single star blazing forth in the east, right above the purplish-red of sunrise. Well, not a star; not exactly.

The star’s identity was given by the gold symbol inlaid in a platinum circle on the floor of the rotunda. It was a symbol that Eros knew well:

His mother’s symbol, the symbol of Venus. He hadn’t thought of it before, but it was Lucifer’s symbol, too: the symbol the planet Venus, the symbol of the Morning Star.

He and Virgil stopped right at the point where the cross of the symbol met the O, for two figures had entered the rotunda from the other side.

They were two demons. One was clearly a minor functionary, off to the side, carrying parchment; he did not draw attention. No, Eros’s attention was drawn by the other figure, another demon, and a high-ranking one at that. He wore black vestments trimmed in red, and an ostentatious robe made of peacock feathers. He wore a heavy medallion on a gold crest bearing the open-pentagram Seal of Satan. The demon leaned his bulky upper body on an exquisitely fashioned copper cane

The functionary cleared his throat, and said, “May I present His Excellency, Polymitis Adramelech, Chancellor of Hell, President of the Senate, High Councilor to Shaitan Lucifer Iblis.”

The Chancellor smiled. “Hello, son,” he said.

Hello, Hephaestus,” Eros replied.

* * *

The nightmare was all-consuming. Marbas was assaulting Stephanie, raping her. But Adam was his tiny self, and though he tried over and over to stop Marbas from defiling his wife, Marbas simply swept him aside each time as an afterthought. Adam screamed in fury, and rose again, and again, and again….

His eyes popped open. He heard a sound, a rustling, scratching sound. He rose gingerly, body feeling fine, but soul still wounded from Tanith’s assault the afternoon before.

Hello?” he called into the empty lab. The room was dark, save for a safety light in the corner. He shrugged. Must be hearing –

No, there it was again, a scuffling, scampering noise from the floor. He put his ear to the bars, and tried to listen, tried to hear what it was.

He screamed and jumped backward as the monster leaped up onto the counter top, and ambled over toward his cage. It was a rat, a giant, black rat the size of two bears.

Adam rushed to the middle of the cage, eyes wide. He had to hope the beast wouldn’t pay him attention, because there was no way he could fight the beast. No way. He just had to hope the creature wouldn’t be interested in him, or at least, that it wouldn’t be able to break into his cage.

His first hope was immediately dashed, as the rat snorted, and looked around the side of the cage, moving quickly toward the cage door. Adam watched in horrified fascination; the beast almost seemed to be looking with intelligence, as it reached out with its paw for the latch.


November 26, 2009

The Wager, Chapter Eleven

Filed under: Aphrodite Stories, The Wager — D.X. Machina @ 3:48 am

Chapter Eleven

Ου με πείσεις, καν με πείσεις1


In a well-apportioned mansion in Dublin, an old woman ran a hand idly over her desk. “I do not see how helping an Englishman helps Eire,” she said, finally, “and I see no reason we should interfere.”


Aiobheal sighed inwardly; this conversation was going much as she had feared it might. But she had no choice but to persist; she was not strong enough to free Adam on her own. It had taken some time to gain an audience with the High Queen; The Morrígan would have to help her; if not, she had no time to find someone else.


Highness, Adam White is not English. He is American.”


English, English colonist, it matters not. It still has nothing to do with us.”


He is prisoner of The Adversary, Highness. We have an obligation to fight evil, aye?”


Aye, we do, but only when it affects an Irishman.”


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