THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE
By Craig Barnes
Copyright 2012 Craig Barnes
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The girl huddled in fear, trembling though the day was bright and warm. The horizon to the east was covered in a dark cloud of ash, as always, but above the girl the sky was blue, dotted with scudding clouds of silky white. The cause of her terror circled again, letting out a wail of pure malice.
Amelia clapped her hands to her ears in a futile attempt to block out the horrifying sound. As the shriek died slowly away, she hazarded a glance at the sky. It was there, still, circling high above her. Its bat-like wings were stretched against the sky, tattered and scarred and showing sickly brown against the brightness of the firmament.