Kalar the Apprentice, № 07

“And your whole clan were killed?”

Kalar nodded. “Yes.”

Crowstone was quiet for a while.

“There have been many such atrocities in the lowlands. A dark man is responsible for these atrocities,” he said.

“A dark man?” Kalar asked.

Crowstone inhaled from his pipe. “Yes, one I have known in the past. And one I shall know again soon.”

His eyes locked with Kalar’s. “You shall know him too. When it is time.”

For all the heat in the cave, Kalar shuddered. They both sat and watched the fire for a long time. Neither spoke further.

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Kalar The Apprentice – A Fantasy Adventure told in 20 installments of 100 words! Written by Tony Healey – author of The Stars My Redemption, available now in the Kindle Store. www.tonyhealey.com @FringeScientist on twitter

Dr. Hurley’s Digest, Vol. II, Week 15

With the beginning of the “Kalar the Apprentice” pulp series, we had a week nearly taken over by Tony Healey. But take a look below to catch up on Kalar (each post is only 100 words!), and to see what else we had.

100-word pulp

Poetical

Photographical

Kalar continues this week, but we’ll have other goodies for you too.

Kalar the Apprentice, № 06

“Lay still,” the voice told him. Kalar stopped trying to sit up and did as he was told.

He opened his eyes. Looked about. He was in a cave lit only by fire. The stocky frame of a man with long grey hair ambled over toward him.

“I am Crowstone. You’re lucky to be alive.”

Kalar couldn’t speak. His mouth was filled with salt and sand.

“Rest. When you are ready, we will speak,” Crowstone said.

Kalar lay back down. Fell to sleep.

Chop chop chop went the axe against the tree.

Hit it,” his Father told him. “Again.”

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Kalar The Apprentice – A Fantasy Adventure told in 20 installments of 100 words! Written by Tony Healey – author of The Stars My Redemption, available now in the Kindle Store. www.tonyhealey.com @FringeScientist on twitter

Exposure № 085: Innocence and Potential

This image is entitled “On Losing Innocence” and comes from photographer Lindsey Kemp’s series entitled “On Losing.” This series is a “representation of rhetorical items one can lose when transitioning toward their adult life. The spherical forms the items are placed in are representative of the light form present behind the projection in her work entitled “Event Horizon”, thus implying the effect of a black hole.”

This untitled image “is part of a series about reflecting on one’s future as opposed to their past and reading in to cues and coincidences.”

We love the surreality and dark imagery of these photos.

Kalar the Apprentice, № 05

Hands beneath him. Pulling him. He opened his eyes. The suns above burned white hot. A hawk circled between them.

Kalar closed his eyes.

The sound of his feet dragged along the ground. A jingle of something.

His Father’s voice. “One day you will really see it.”

The chop chop chop of the axe into the tree. Thunder as it fell.

His Father. “Do not turn around. Go!”

He opened his eyes again. The hawk was gone. Glare of the white suns against the blue sky.

Kalar closed his eyes once more.

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Kalar The Apprentice – A Fantasy Adventure told in 20 installments of 100 words! Written by Tony Healey – author of The Stars My Redemption, available now in the Kindle Store. www.tonyhealey.com @FringeScientist on twitter

The World inside My Embrace

Time melts into the city, summer breeze whispers, the world inside my
embrace, silence.

Pull me down, empty, grow again, resurrect.

Mysteriously, in flickering whiteness, someone leaves, moves away into the
sea of spray.

Voices talk gently, sat at the train station, years pass, trains come go,
cloudless sky, alone, watching trains, on the tracks of time, seeing the last
line.

Across the sky, so many lives, villages, rivers, woods, days.

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Dennis Thomas is an Australian poet who resides in Canberra.  His work has appeared in The Lost Words, and The South Townsville micro poetry journal.  He is currently preparing his fourth collection. His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Kalar the Apprentice, № 04

That night he stole back to the camp. Everyone he’d ever known lay dead. He found his Mother’s body. Then his Father’s. He lifted his Father’s sword by the hilt, dragged it along the ground behind him as he wandered into the wilderness.

Who knew how long he walked or if he had any idea where he was going. He thought of the day he swung the axe over and over. That was all he could bear in his mind. Chop chop chop.

Eventually the suns stole the last of Kalar’s energy. He collapsed on the hardpan, spent.

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Kalar The Apprentice – A Fantasy Adventure told in 20 installments of 100 words! Written by Tony Healey – author of The Stars My Redemption, available now in the Kindle Store. www.tonyhealey.com @FringeScientist on twitter

Kalar the Apprentice, № 03

A full moonrise later, a tyrant and his men rode into the camp. Kalar ran between the burning shelters and fallen bodies to get to his Father. He found him cradling Kalar’s Mother. She was still, at peace for all the horror about them.

He spotted Kalar. He drew his sword. A long, heavy blade made by skilled hands generations before. The tip glinted in the sunlight. Amidst the blood and smoke, it was magnificent.

“Kalar, run into the forest. Do not stop. Do not turn around. Hide. Quickly!”

Kalar hesitated.

“Now!” his Father yelled. “Go!”

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Kalar The Apprentice – A Fantasy Adventure told in 20 installments of 100 words! Written by Tony Healey – author of The Stars My Redemption, available now in the Kindle Store. www.tonyhealey.com @FringeScientist on twitter

Kalar the Apprentice, № 02

“Don’t be intimidated by the weight of the axe,” his Father said.

The forest was still. Silent. Nothing moved save the tops of the trees.

Kalar lifted the axe from where it rested against the tree stump.

“Now hit the tree,” his Father told him.

Kalar shifted the axe in his hand.

“Hit it!”

Kalar took a deep breath, lifted the axe, swung it at the tree in front of him. It barely bit into the bark.

“Again.”

He hit the tree again and again. He did not stop until it fell. The forest was filled with its thunder.

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Kalar The Apprentice – A Fantasy Adventure told in 20 installments of 100 words! Written by Tony Healey – author of The Stars My Redemption, available now in the Kindle Store. www.tonyhealey.com @FringeScientist on twitter

Kalar the Apprentice, № 01

“Take a good look Kalar,” his Father said. Kalar scanned the horizon. Endless miles of sandy earth broken by green forests. Rivers ran like veins through the land, lined with Jufura trees.

“I see it Father,” Kalar said.

His Father roared with laughter. He threw an arm around Kalar and held him close. “Ah, son! But do you see it?”

Kalar frowned as his Father squeezed him.

His Father waved a hand in front of them. “All that you see is the Westwind. One day you will really see it, Kalar. One day.”

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Kalar The Apprentice – A Fantasy Adventure told in 20 installments of 100 words! Written by Tony Healey – author of The Stars My Redemption, available now in the Kindle Store. www.tonyhealey.com @FringeScientist on twitter