The constant clanking of the wagon wheels as they passed over the rails kept him awake, the dinging was impossible to ignore. Time seemed to slow down slightly, as if the train traveled between dimensions.
Although Nathan Astaros didn’t seem to mind the noise, as he studied the symbols on a scroll. It was then that the vivid image of the fire raging through Alexandria’s library flashed through his mind.
So much knowledge that we’ll never get back, Nathan thought, carefully tucking the clear plastic-covered parchment into a folder. All the secrets of a civilization lost forever. Could it be that we’ll face the same destiny?
On his last trip to Egypt he noticed how mysterious the inside of the pyramids is. There is so much we choose to ignore.
Suddenly, a change in the constant clanking of the rails caught his attention. Nathan looked out the window but found nothing out of place, his psychosis for the value of his scrolls awoke. I better get out of here.
Nathan placed the folder in his briefcase and headed for the next car. However, in front of his eyes and a few steps away a cloud of black smoke began to form. Nathan took a step back, not knowing what was happening. From the portal appeared two slender creatures with oversized heads and fanged mouths.
There was no time to wait and see what would happen. Somehow Nathan knew exactly what he had to do, pulling out one of the scrolls and reading it aloud.
The creatures took a while to regain balance after their appearance, long enough for Nathan to finish casting the spell. One of the demons prepared to attack.
Nathan was surprised to see a light unfold from within him, slightly pushing everyone around, blinding the creatures for an instant. When Nathan managed to see what was happening he noticed that his outfit had changed, now he was wearing silver armor, the scrolls and the briefcase were transformed into a book that hung from his waist by a chain, and in his hand he noticed a sword.
The creatures looked at him and fear could be seen on their faces. Immediately, they turned and run, fleeing.
Nathan froze, trying to understand what was happening. When a new portal of black smoke opened at the other end of the car. People began to run when they saw the new creature appear, it was very different from the previous ones, its large and sturdy body, with horns on its head.
The messages came clear after reading the scroll, although this was the first time Nathan had experienced the science of a lost civilization. He grabbed the sword’s hilt with both hands and turned to face the creature.
“Let’s not make this any more difficult than it has to be,” the demon said to Nathan’s surprise. “Give me the book and no one will get hurt.”
The demon looked too calm for the situation. Nathan wasn’t about to give up so easily. “Over my dead body.”
“It will be a pleasure.”
Nathan felt safe… different from his normal state. Even holding the hilt of the sword in his hands was something he seemed to be used to, although it was the first time he had felt this power.
The creature approached slowly, its gaze fixed on the man in silver armor.
“Not one more step…” Nathan said.
“Do you think this is a game?” the beast asked as it stopped. “Are you scared?”
Nathan didn’t know what he was doing, but he plucked up his courage and attacked, swinging his sword against the creature.
The demon grabbed the blade with one hand. “You are not a worthy rival.”
“What do you want from me?” Nathan asked, trying to retrieve the sword from the demon’s grasp.
“Should I repeat myself?” The creature pulled the sword and struck Nathan with its shoulder. Throwing the man down the corridor of the carriage.
Nathan noticed that the blow didn’t hurt him and he got up. To his surprise the sword was in his hand again.
“Don’t make this any more difficult than it needs to be,” the creature said, slowly approaching.
Nathan cleared his mind, concentrating on what was happening; letting go. He took the sword with two hands and charged.
The demon was shocked and leapt backwards to evade the attack. But Nathan continued, approaching the creature with every step. The beast had to jump to the side and managed to continue evading the attacks. Nathan noticed his sword lighting up in a different way, as if it radiated.
The expression in the demon’s face changed, concentrating to avoid being struck by a swing of the sword. “You learn fast.”
Nathan felt sure of himself, noticing his movements getting him closer and closer to his target. But in that instant he was unable to see the creature approach and couldn’t avoid getting caught by a wrist. Then he felt a claw around his neck.
“You never had a chance,” said the demon, tearing the book hanging from the belt. He then threw Nathan against the side of the wagon.
Nathan tried to get up, noticing that his armor had disappeared.
“Knowledge is our domain,” said the demon holding the book with his hand. Then a black fire began to consume the pages until it was destroyed and ashes fell to the ground.
Nathan watched the creature vanish.
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Helping mankind one word at a time.
I was instantly sucked into this story. I couldn’t move my eyes from the screen until I’d read the last word. Well done, Author, well done!
It’s a pleasure to give you a glimpse of my universe.
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Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Absolutely loved it.
I’m happy to hear you enjoyed my work.
Great, lovely play on the words “knowledge is power”
Halo, I saw your like on my site so I visted and you are a nice Human…. Wait let me read the blog and give it a like .
Thanks for noticing, I do my best to be a human.
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That was intense! Muy buena!
“Woman is the Moral Fiber of Civlization.” _-Van Prince
I remember looking out of the wagon’s window and staring into a universe filled with adventures.
This was a marvelous post and I gave you the 160th like
That number has a special connection with me, thanks.
I know, right? As if we wrote it together.
No, You actually liked my most recent post. Are you anywhere around Asheville? I think it’s going to be a good time in Sylva on May 28th!
This is so amazing and was very fun to read .
I’ll try to keep them coming. You deserve to have fun while reading.
Wow, what a story. Suspenseful like he savage tug of war between good and evil.
I’m happy to know you enjoyed it. I’ll try to come up with more.
Fun story, loved the ending I didn’t see coming and how “knowledge” ties in.
I’m glad you enjoyed it. Lets see if I can come up with more.
Love old trains! glancing at your post, your favorite color must be black1 Thanks for linking my posts!
Old trains are amazing. Actually, my favorite color is not black but light-on-dark is better for the eyes of my readers.
I think I just saw a movie running in my head whilst reading this. Am glad to stumbling into you. thank you for visiting my blog. If not, I would have not found you 🙂
It’s a great coincidence; it also makes me happy.
glad that it makes you also happy. we need that a lot these days.
Wow very intriguing this reminds me of Revelations. Only difference God gets the victory in the end! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
I’m happy you enjoyed it. I’ll try to make more like this if you’d like to come back.
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That makes me happy, I hope you enjoy my future stories.
Hi, I saw you liked my blog so I decided to pay a visit to yours. Reading this story affirms you are a good writer. Will be glad to learn from you.
It was a good thing we read each other, now we can learn and continue growing.
Good morning sir 🙏🙏🙏
Good to see you back.
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I enjoyed your blog and I’m happy to know you did too.
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It’s a pleasure, I hope it’s useful.
I was just like watching a movie in my mind the actor is Nicholas Cage. I love it bro. really!!.
In that case you know he won’t give up until he finds the source of power again.
Yes, I Agree.
Great! I hope you find some of my other stories as agreable.
As long as we know how to use it. Thanks for your thoughts.
I’m very glad to know that you love it, I hope my other stories have the same effect.
It is also one of my favorites, I hope you find other stories that are to your liking.
I’m happy that you enjoyed it, and I hope to see you back soon.
Love these short bites of wisdom.
Thank you very much for your compliment, although my tales aren’t always filled with knowledge. I hope you also enjoy my other stories.
Your way of using words are so fantastic 😳
I really think I will learn a lot from you, Sir.
I hope so, I will share my stories on a weekly basis.
Gah, no it hasn’t. It’s just given more attention to one branch over another. All branches are still intact.
Robert, let’s discover them together in my stories.
Nice story though. 🙂
I’m glad you liked it.
So true 😍
Smitsy, we have to start finding new knowledge. 🙏
This is a good mix of show and tell. Telling only works well in graphic novels (comic books) and TV and movies. But a mixture of show and tell works well in publications because they stimulate the imagination. And remember, demons always appear as angels of light. It is only when we realize that they are demons that they become figures of horror. Good work.
“Politics has its place and it’s an unforgettable story in history; and
in America, Donald Trump and the Republican Party have poison Politics!” _-Van Prince
Mary, excellent observation.
It sounds like todays cooperate technocratic systems, absorbing all knowledge and turning it in to a commodity only to be excessed by a chosen few, or those people on the inside. The question is, how many idealists will need to be sacrificed, before knowledge becomes common good again?
The real problem lies in the lack of enthusiasm that society has to follow other paths of knowledge.
Epic imagination 👌
Years of hard work finally paid off.
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Really well written material, you took me to an adventure that’s for sure!
The way to face our fears is not to turn and run but find out why they’re here and walk right through them like doors. And then walk on the new path with stronger hopes that those monsters get smaller and easier as the paths get longer and more green and dense with life.
This is an excellent blend of mystical fantasy with industrial modernity. The worldbuilding is excellent. You’ve done a great job of filling the mind with imaginings of the where the magic aspects come from and how they relate to the larger world.
Right on my man!