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Illusion - Prologue and Chapter 1Illusion
The room was dark, nearly black. A small fourescent light shined on the two men sitting across from each other. The only sound was the hum of the light. The men were dressed in business suits, both with a badge on their jackets. They sat and stared at each other, like old long lost friends.
One of them finally broke the silence. "Leave us.", he commanded coldly. His voice was raspy, as if he was fighting to breathe. Suddenly a rustling was heard as several dozen other men who were standing in the shadows exited the room. The door closed with a screech and a metal bang. The two sitting men just stared at each other, not breaking their gaze.
The flourescent light turned off with a quiet click. Now it was only the two sitting in total darkness. The man who told the others to leave lit a match, which he brought to a candle sitting on the table between t
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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