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Excerpt – Glint – Part 2

August 10, 2013

Guus gave Gabrin a look, but he shook his head and made a light with his pocket flame. He lit the bottom fire-line on the wall and it lit up and ran along the stone so that Guus could see a room of square stone pits and walkways. The boy called out once more, “Oh, hello. It’s nice to have guests. It can get lonely in here. How are you today?” Gabrin ignored this and walked over to the safety rail over the first pit and Guus followed. They lent over and looked down.

What stared up at them was not a boy. Guus could see how it once could have been. It was bipedal and stood there below looking up with black eyes. The most shocking thing was that its head and chest were massively swollen. Its lips resembled more of a duck’s bill and a disgusting bright azure had spread like an infection right around its face.

“Hello, there!” The child-thing said in that childish, eager voice. Guus was physically taken aback.

“Yes,” Gabrin said. “I agree. This child has been here for 15 years and it is one of the prototypes of their magical diseases.”

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