Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Laufey's Treasure - Chapter 12

The following is my new short story series entitled "Laufey's Treasure." It is an action adventure series featuring minor characters from my upcoming novel in their own lighthearted journey. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to catch my previous short story featured in the same universe called "The Adventures of Reynard Olfsson." 

Chapter 12

"That's a story," she said proudly, folding her arms.

"Aye," Kaun said, glancing at Anke. "Good story, wasn't it?"

Anke looked over, his eyes heavy with sleep. He nodded, releasing a yawn, and covered his mouth with the back of his hand. 

"I liked my story," he murmured, "I liked it because it actually happened. All of yours are fibs."

Laufey expressed his shock at the statement, mouth agape. The others were only vaguely challenged by Anke's accusation, but kept to themselves. Ragna leaned forwards, kindling the dying embers of the campfire. Sparks weaved up through the cold night air, dancing in the moonlight above. 

"I like fibs," Kaun said. "They make the world a brighter place."

"How so?" Laufey said looking over at Kaun, interested.

"We can tell ourselves what we want to hear," Kaun said proudly. 

"You would say that," Anke scoffed. "The shepherd's son has a tale for us. I can't wait..."

The intense disdain in his voice caused Laufey to stir. He knew Anke's spirit. It troubled him to see Anke so hurt, his soul soured. Laufey grabbed Anke's shoulder firmly and massaged a large knot out of the boy's back. Anke did not stop him, he just closed his eyes. 

"Maybe if you just relaxed once in a while you'd be able to get along with us," Laufey said. 

"I recall saying something like that to you," Ragna chimed in, laying a peice of firewood across the embers. "That was me, what you just said."

"Isn't he better for it?" Kaun said. A moment later Laufey reached around an knocked him upside the head. Rubbing his head, Kaun flashed a defiant look in his eyes.

"Don't look at me," Laufey said in a stern voice. "Keep talking, and see what happens."

Kaun looked between them all, wearing a decided expression. He leaned over the fire and warmed his hands then leaned back into the evening air.

"It all starts the same way," Kaun began, his voice slow and even. "A dog, a man, and a woman..." 

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