Monday, July 22, 2013

Katie McCory and the Dagger of Truth Excerpt (Gifts From the Dwarfs)


     “Ah, yes,” said Gump, with a twinkle in his eye, “the Sword of Fortitude. I could have guessed that one.” Gump looked proudly at the weapon Donnie held out before him. Then he slapped Donnie on the back. “Son, with this weapon you not only receive the gift of strength and determination but also the ability to see things clearly. No magic can cloud your eyes. You will see your enemy in his or her natural state which in Fey is of great importance since shape shifting is a weapon used by many.”

            Donnie twisted the blade in his hand. He couldn’t believe how light it felt. He looked at the proud dwarf. “I will do my best to use it wisely, Gump. Thank you,” he said, sheathing the sword in his belt.

            “Cool, I’m next!” said Billy. Billy repeated the ritual. The wagon seemed to be searching for something. Weapons clattered jumping up and down. Then finally a golden cape appeared in Billy’s hand.

            “This isn’t a weapon,” yelled Billy, throwing the cape back into the wagon. “I want something else!” The wagon threw the cape into Billy’s face covering his eyes. As Billy pulled the cape down around his shoulders, he noticed the other kids staring at him in confusion.

            “What?” asked Billy, looking at their bewildered faces. “What’s wrong with all of you? I just changed my mind. Gump said we could pick our own weapon. Didn’t you, Gump?” Billy looked anxiously at Gump.

            “Billy, where are you?” asked Katie.

            “I’m right here,” said Billy. “Have you gone blind?” Billy removed the cape and holding it in his hands asked, “What is this thing anyway?” 
     “That,” said Queen Utopia, “is The Cape of Illusion. It is a very powerful weapon when used properly. It can make you invisible, or it can transform you into anything or anyone you desire. The cape also mimics the power of the being, therefore transferring that magical power to the wearer.”

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