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The Emperor’s Library

Book Three



The Game


Frederick Kirchhoff



Dron Press

Smashwords Edition

Revised



Copyright Frederick Kirchhoff, 2011

Cover Art Copyright Frederick Kirchhoff, 2011

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Author’s Note

The Game is the third book in The Emperor’s Library. It recounts events that occur roughly twenty years after those in Book One, The Flight from Kar, and Book Two, The Tritargon. A fourth book in the series, The Clavis, will treat occurrences one hundred years later.


Chapter 1

A shaft of sunlight through the open door created a yellow trapezoid on the floor. It seemed perfectly still, but Jon knew that it would make its way across the stones and eventually disappear amidst the jumble of mismatched chairs piled up against the far wall. If he watched the patch of light intently would he be able to observe it moving? But the particles of dust dancing in the sunlight soon drew Jon’s mind beyond even so minimal a question. He had work to do—there was always some task at hand—but wasn’t idleness as good a use for the afternoon as any other? Doing nothing, thinking nothing. His life had come to little else, so why not enjoy it? But then a shadow crossed the floor. Looking up, Jon saw Dan standing in the doorway with a stupid grin on his face. Shit, he’s back again. But, even as he imagined those unspoken words, Jon knew that what really annoyed him was less Dan’s reappearance than his own pleasure at seeing him once more. After weeks of solitude, he needed someone to talk to—but why did it always have to be Dan?

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