Author: David Nystrom

||  Part Sixty-Four  ||  Part Sixty-Six  || Part Sixty-Five In a flash the soldier reached across his body and pulled his sword free. He slashed at Osmond’s chest with the blade, but Osmond leapt back before the blade could break his skin. Osmond retaliated with a powerful swing downward. The soldier deflected it and brought his heel up and into Osmond’s stomach. Osmond bounced into the crate behind him, then spun away as the soldier attacked again. With the soldier’s…

||  Part Sixty-Three  ||  Part Sixty-Five  || Part Sixty-Four A splash of water exploded over Liam’s beaten and bruised face. His eyes were swollen shut and he could barely breathe. He tried to lift his head, but his arms were bound directly above him, and the pain caused by moving proved too much. The little bit of light that shone into the cell provided him with just enough light to see his naked body covered in sweat and blood. “You’re…

||  Part Sixty-Two  ||  Part Sixty-Four  || Part Sixty-Three A crescent moon hung in the dark sky. Stars dotted the backdrop, and the salty spray of the bay filled the air as Osmond stood on the deck. Fado emerged from below deck and joined the knight looking out over the water. “He’s resting now. Fredrick says he’ll watch over him to allow us a head start.” Osmond nodded. He and Fado were prepared to head to Goron City and leave…

||  Part Sixty-One ||  Part Sixty-Three || Part Sixty-Two Osmond dashed forward and swung his sword at the soldier, but a shield raised in defense halted his attack. A nearby soldier lowered a spear and thrust it toward Osmond. He dodged, allowing the spear tip to strike the shield. Osmond pushed against the shield, forcing its holder backward, and then hooked his arm around the spear and twisted, freeing the weapon. Liam had taken on the captain, swinging the razor…

||  Part Sixty  ||  Part Sixty-Two  || Part Sixty-One My sword… Where is my sword… “Come with me,” he heard the woman say. When she spoke this time, her voice was cold and cruel. He tried to protest and resist, but she gripped his arm and led him to a passage in the back. A flight of stairs led him below and soon he found himself in a narrow stone hallway. The smell of water and rock filled his nostrils,…

||  Part Fifty-Nine ||  Part Sixty-One || Part Sixty “My liege,” the soldier placed his fist over his heart and bowed low. Adok lifted his head and plucked a tomato from the bowl in his hands. He stared down at the still bowing soldier. “I must apologize for the failure of my men. No remains of Lord Huron have been found and so I’m afraid he may have survived.” “May have? Why can’t you confirm?” “We couldn’t find any remains…

||  Part Fifty-Eight  ||  Part Sixty  || Part Fifty-Nine “Cannons!” Ralphine shouted. He had witnessed the same gruesome scene and was wasting no time. His men set to the cannons below deck as quickly as they could. The undead pirate leaped up into the air and landed on the deck just behind Fado and Osmond. It drew its sword and began to approach them. Osmond was quick though and drew his own blade. In one swing he cut through the…

It could be argued that the pinnacle of multiplayer gaming came in the mid-to-late 1990s when split-screen was the thing: You and your three best friends hooking up to an Nintendo 64 and popping in your copy of GoldenEye or Mario Kart 64. As the years have passed, online multiplayer has taken the front stage as the world of gaming has grown. And yet, there’s still something special about that shared screen experience when you can find it. Thanks to…

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