Dead Letters Teaser #16

Ledge Bants, Maria Dahvana Headley & China Miéville

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Scores of aspects of my memories, my strength, my powers, were exiled from the world. Which turned out to mean that they were hidden, camouflaged in matter, in lost places, fabled gulleys, reachable only by impossible ways. Hence those years of monster-hunting.

You should never underestimate the magic of magic’s passing. The strength of the death of that strength. Eventually, I came to clock that the things I found – eggs and jewels and chains and trinkets that were, in part, me – I found in more and more quotidian places and forms. Protected by forces that would have raised fewer eyebrows, less high, among populace by now utterly skeptical of the sort of mythic shenanigans with which I used to divert myself. Each piece shifting with the epochs, each still some snide material joke, a pun or a prod from my missing ex, but now camouflaged not in the hearts of dragons, but in shapes and places appropriate to the age. All without breaching the terms of the spell.

I hunted them, and I hunted her too, but of my Nyneve, there was no word or sign. I was convinced that I couldn’t find her because I’d lost my powers.

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One thought on “Dead Letters Teaser #16

  1. Dear Conrad Williams, I am preparing an article about Scrivener for Amazing Stories Magazine and I wondered if I might be able to get a quote from you about what you think of it. I loved The Unblemished, and plan to mention that and your new work in the article also. Thank you – John Dodds

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