With Inner Race finished, I shifted my attention to the second story for my patrons, a tale of horror. While I knew I’d select my monster hunter, I didn’t know what kind of setting to drop him into, aside from having to battle monsters. After rolling the dice, the story emerged from the raging storm in my mind. Leveraging the bridge, lightning bolt, and a stalking monster, the broad strokes quickly developed into a fun concept.
My first thoughts wove all three elements into the story. However, when I sat in front of my computer to work on the initial draft, the dedicated lightning bolts fled from my mind. Throughout the rest of the drafting process, I interpreted that act of nature to mean something else. In the end, I was thrilled with the latest installment in my hunter’s life.
Find the most comfortable spot you can and join me as we witness Solomon’s latest battle against the things that go bump in the night.
Having just obliterated half of a nest of monsters, Solomon retreats and defends a riverbank while his partner stabilizes a kid…
“Solomon, lingering here to assuage your guilt won’t help anyone.”
As another round erupted from the rifle, the hunter swallowed a curse and glanced over his shoulder. “Darrel, without the kid, we wouldn’t have gotten out of there. We can’t leave until you’ve stabilized him. Now, drag him under the bridge and start tending his injuries.”
“Don’t dump your guilty conscience on me,” Darrel said, turning toward the hill. “I wasn’t the one who decided to abandon the plan.”
“Treat the worst of his wounds!”
The stocky figure stopped as his hands curled around his rifle. He stomped his foot on the muddy bank, snapping some twigs. With a grunt, he spun about and rushed back to Solomon, yanking his arm. “The kid’s injuries are beyond my skills. We shouldn’t wait just to join him.”
“We will not leave a child behind for that oncoming horde.” Solomon stabbed a finger into Darrel’s chest as he loomed over his companion. “Don’t argue with me. I’m not asking for you to stitch him up perfectly, just to the point where we can get him to a hospital.”
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