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Under the Dark Sun
March 9, 2022|Kingdom of Glory

Under the Dark Sun

Under the Dark Sun

Aslan was riding back to the palace when he remembered the visit of the messenger phoenix. The hologram showed the citizens of the town marching, the Knights of Darkness escorting them. Then Sharai appeared. “Aslan, we need you.”

Reginald fell silent, one hand holding Lament’s hilt. The energy that floated between them made him powerful. His mind was free from thought, while his body seemed to become stronger. The sensation was a dull, constant ache over his muscles, he felt his power growing.

“How was your stay at Zurkaks?” Aslan asked.

“Nothing special…”

“How did you get that sword?”

“I found it on the way out and decided to take it.”

“You better be careful,” said Aslan. “That metal tends to destroy everything it touches.”

“The Knights of Darkness use them without a problem.”

“Perhaps their secrets are hidden in that sword,” said Aslan, certain that Reginald was hiding something. “We have bigger problems at the kingdom. The Knights of Darkness are mobilizing the citizens.”

“For what purpose?” Reginald asked.

“That’s what we’re going to find out.”

The sun rose to its highest point, indicating that the day was reaching the middle of its cycle. Throughout their journey, Reginald turned a couple of times to see Zurkaks’s tower shrinking in the distance. Something was telling him that this would not be the last time he heard from Lady Night.

Just remembering that the depth of her gaze made him fear a future meeting. She was the one who helped him survive his first night, who sentenced him to pain. Reginald knew that she would seek him out to fulfill her promise. Lady Night would see to that.

A pair of wild phoenixes flew over them. Aslan watched them pass, admiring the trail of flame they leave behind. Their red and orange tails. Majestic creatures.

The castle looked dark with the setting sun when they arrived. Many of the town’s torches remained unlit. It was true, the Knights of Darkness had mobilized the people.

Reginald stepped forward as he passed between the houses. The road was almost empty. He headed for the main gate of the castle.

“I’m prince Reginald,” he said upon seeing the closed door. “I demand to enter.”

The guards opened the doors. Reginald and Aslan passed.

The interior of the castle was cold and mysterious. Reginald found none of his servants. What’s going on? he thought to himself as he headed to his father’s room. The place is empty, with none of the royal guards patrolling the halls. Something is wrong.

“Father…” Reginald said as he entered the king’s room.

Frederick was looking out the window at the empty streets of the city that surrounded his castle.

Reginald entered before receiving an answer. “What’s going on?”

Aslan placed a hand on the prince’s shoulder.

Reginald stopped.

Frederick was silent for what seemed like an eternity. “I see you are doing a good job with my son, Aslan.”

“Your majesty,” said Aslan, “we return with news of Zurkaks”.

“What did you discover?” the king asked.

“Reginald managed to infiltrate them,” said Aslan.

The prince looked at the Knight of Light curiously, raising an eyebrow. Aslan just shrugged.

“I’m waiting…” Frederick said, still looking at the town from his window.

“That’s right,” Reginald finally said, “I did manage to get hold of one of their swords.”

“It’s a fair deal, then,” Frederick said. “The Knights of Darkness are using our citizens to extract the black metal. They caught the dragon guarding the mine. They won’t have long until it breaks free… even less if we do something about it.”

“But Dad…”

“I asked you a question?” Frederick said as he turned to look at his son. “We are at war! Get out of here and do as I ask!”

“Yes, your majesty,” said Aslan. “We will make sure to release the dragon and protect the citizens.”

“I will leave my son under guardianship,” said the king, and raised a hand. “Now get out of here, I want to be alone.”

Leaving the castle, Aslan headed for Sharai’s house. Upon arrival, he found the door open and knew she was home.

“Sharai,” Aslan said loudly.

The sorceress poked her head out of the second-floor window. “I’ll be down in an instant.”

They waited for more than Reginald had expected. The two of them had little intention of talking about what was going on. Eventually, Sharai came out and closed the door of her house.

“To what do I owe this surprise?” she asked.

“We have a job to do,” Aslan said.

“Is the pay worth my time?” Ashera asked.

“Have I ever done you wrong?” Aslan said.

“That’s good enough for me,” she said. “What’s the job?”

“We need to enrage a dragon.”



Sebastian Iturralde

I am a fiction blogger and lover of literature, art, and all things creative. As a citizen of this beautiful planet, I am constantly inspired by the natural world around me.


  • Melissa B.
    March 9, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Great story!

  • Daisy
    March 9, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Can’t wait to learn how to enrage a dragon. I’m addicted to serials, you’ve got me hooked here already.

  • Hendrina ke Roux
    March 9, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Wish we had some dragons to unleash on Putin. You seem extremely busy. Good for you but avoid having too many irons in the fire.

  • March 10, 2022 at 1:00 am


  • March 10, 2022 at 2:25 am

    It gets thrilling. Wow. Looking forward to reading the next part.

  • March 10, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Brilliant! Now I want to know how to enrage a dragon!

  • Paul
    March 10, 2022 at 8:30 am

    When is the next episode? I want to see what happens when the sword get used against the soldiers of darkness.

  • March 10, 2022 at 9:22 am

    It’s nice to have your stories back on a weekly basis. Best of luck with the novel, and today’s piece was another good one with complex characters and a suspenseful ending.

  • March 10, 2022 at 9:30 am

    “Enrage a dragon.” Not sure I ever heard that before. But it’s a great line. Looking forward to the next installment and the book too! Keep working. You’re a damn good writer!

  • March 10, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Hey! Really good and I’m looking forward to the next instalment!

  • Rev. Jerry Lyle
    March 10, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Nice storyline, pulled me right in!

  • March 10, 2022 at 11:59 am

    So fun to read! I like the sorceress and can’t wait to find out what happens next.

  • Rusiate
    March 10, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Great imgination!

  • March 10, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    I quite enjoyed that..May you finish your novel soon. Ventqueen

  • March 10, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Great story…!

  • March 10, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Great story… waiting for the sequel to read how the dragon reacted!

  • John M.
    March 10, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Leaving the reader wanting more. Will the dragon go down? We will see. Welld one.

  • March 11, 2022 at 10:18 am

    We need to enrage and then slay the dragon that has despoiled Ukraine – with his practice of pure evil.

  • cayaia
    March 11, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    I’m drawn in. Love it!

  • March 11, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    I love this line! “We need to enrage a dragon.”

  • March 12, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    This seems like an interesting short story. Thank your for liking my posts on the Bout Dat Online website. Keep up the good work.

  • March 13, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Excellent! I’m gripped.

  • March 14, 2022 at 8:05 am

    I love it!!

  • March 14, 2022 at 2:54 pm


    This is terrific. “Enraging a dragon” is a great cliffhanger ending. Thank you.


  • Trishna
    March 14, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Great work!

  • March 15, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Great story. Full of suspense, waiting to satisfy my curiosity. Thanks for sharing.

  • March 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm


  • March 16, 2022 at 11:30 am

    This is great, Sebastian! Enjoy this fully. I love the end, “We have to enrage a dragon.”! Awesome, dude! Take care, brother.

  • March 16, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    I was overdue to visit your site, I like storytelling and although fantasy is not really my thing, I am looking forward to the next instalment.

  • March 18, 2022 at 6:39 am

    yes, “we need to enrage a dragon!” is an excellent hook!
    to be continued…

  • March 18, 2022 at 11:02 am

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  • March 20, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Attractive title

  • March 22, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Good story!!!

  • March 22, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    You’re a good writer, Sebastian. Gives me a Vikings vibe, I don’t know why. It’s the style.

  • March 23, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Wow! Love it.

  • March 24, 2022 at 9:02 am

    This was so interesting to read.

  • March 24, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Great story 👏

  • Retired Papa
    March 26, 2022 at 8:24 am

    You are a very good writer!

    Aslan ! Loved it!

    I take it you are a friend of Carver?

  • March 27, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Nice ….

  • March 27, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  • March 27, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Great storytelling! Would you be interested on having a profile on LINK & LOCK? It’s completely free. It’s a new platform looking for serious artists to use. linkandlock.online

  • March 28, 2022 at 3:42 am

    A great thrilling story. Keep writing.

  • March 28, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Incredible writing formed absolute visuals in my mind as the story developed. As others expressed it gives mojo to fighting the dragon in Ukraine.

  • March 28, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Excellent! I love fantasy and this is better than some books I have read. Keep it up, I’ll be waiting for the next one.

  • March 30, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Cool story! I am intregued.

  • March 30, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    This story was awesome. The hook at the end was fantastic.

    There was one section where I got stuck for a moment. In the interaction between the king and his son, the king asks his son, “I ask you a question?” It was a bit confusing to me and I had to read it a couple of times before I realized “Did” was implied there… LOL

  • March 30, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for liking my post. I read yours and love it. I’ll be keeping up. Angels and Dragons… I’ve encountered.

  • April 8, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Great writing!

  • Bharati Malhotra
    April 8, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Nice !

  • Louisa Okon
    April 9, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Nice story, the dragon must come down

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  • April 9, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    I liked the story. It kept me engaged. I look forward to more! Thx

  • Hamish
    June 7, 2022 at 6:39 am

    I am enjoying seeing more of this world, and can definitely see the improvement in your writing as you keep on keeping on doing it!

    Thank you for sharing this story. 😊

  • June 28, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Really well-written, but sorry, Sebastian, fantasy and sci-fi just don’t do it for me. Well, Isaac Asimov, yes, but very little of it. Just not my thing. However, there is a huge audience for it out there (including my daughter!) so keep going !

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    The Andes' highlands served as a source of inspiration for this short story. I hope you'll find the same beauty and wonder in its words that I did while crafting it.
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