Gray Intention was one of the first stories that I wrote after joining Phoenix Prime.
The assignment was a new experience for me. We were all given a set of items that we needed to use in our stories. Each story had to feature a bookstore, magic, and an artifact that reacted to blood.
Here is a sneak peak of what I came up with:
As we rounded the corner to our room, we saw a purple glow coming from under the door. We both stopped, and turned to look at each other, alarmed.
“Do you see that? Or, have I just lost a lot more blood than I thought?”
“I see it. Who the hell is in our room?” Kiki asked.
“How should I know? I’m with you. Maybe it’s the guys.”
I slowly opened the door, and felt the same warm gust of air that I had felt in the bookstore blow past me again. It didn’t push me away this time though. I was curious about that strange power.
“Maybe we shouldn’t even go in there. We could call the cops or something.”
“And say what exactly? Hey, I need help with my glowing box. I promise you that will not go well. I don’t think you have a choice now. Put your ovaries on the outside and get in there,” Kiki said.
“Said the girl from the hallway,” I muttered.
“Not my box. Not my problem,” she said.
I opened the door, and crept towards the package. My hands were shaking. When I took it out of bag, the glow got brighter. I unwrapped the twine. The paper fell away. The whole box was dark brown from my blood Gold symbols glowed on the surface. Purple light was leaking out of the edges. I opened the box, and inside was a gold railroad spike bent into a bracelet. It was the source of the glow.
“Bit of a letdown, to be honest.”
“Shut up, Kiki. I think I have to put it on.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” she said.
“I didn’t ask. For the record, I didn’t want to come in here. I was just fine panicking in the hallway.”
I picked it up. The bracelet was warm to the touch. I placed it on my right wrist. My cut began to throb. My arm shot up, as if pulled by a string. The wound began emitting the same purple light as the bracelet. I watched in amazement. A booming laugh thundered around us. I could hear footsteps pounding down the hallway behind me moments before a giant man appeared in front of me. As soon as he appeared, my arm dropped back to my side.
“They told me you would come for me little one,” he said, in a thunderous voice.
I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it! Check it out here: Prime Fantasy (Prime Tales)