After The Darkness: Episode Three
By SunHi Mistwalker
Copyright © 2012
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Cover art by Keri Knutson.
Published by Dark Tales Great Lives, LLC
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Calcane City – Tunnel System – Day
The tunnel walls sweat a cold, icy liquid and the condensing moisture creates a chilled maritime condition that’s more frigid than the domed city above. The large caravan of men, women and children continue their forward march, mostly silent and determined as they bundle their shredded coats and layered shirts in an effort to stay warm. The tunnel is dark in these parts, no artificial light markers for travelers. But the caravan’s torches provide weak beams of light that brighten the path ahead – if only slightly. Nadia walks in the shadows, a teen boy by her side. He’s probably no more than sixteen or seventeen years old. She watches him closely. He isn’t much of a talker, it seems. The only time he spoke was when his whispers to Alexa seemed to save Nadia’s life. She examines the quilted patchwork of rags he wears and marvels at its impoverished ingenuity. The bow and arrow swung across his back makes her think of him as a hunter; but there’s no game to be found inside the walled off city. The boy catches her staring. But his soft smile let’s Nadia know he isn’t annoyed.