Story: Dream Trials -- Day 10aCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Sunny figured the night watch was the most difficult to tolerate, because it was so boring; there just wasn't anything to do! She realized Eile had the same problem, but at least she could talk to Differel or Bettie. With everyone else asleep, she was all alone except for the Fir Dearg, and they couldn't talk or sing or swap stories without disturbing Differel, and she couldn't leave her alone, not while she was still sick. Nor was she any good at chess or the Fir Dearg at cards, so they couldn't play any quiet games. There were plenty of books in the library, but she wasn't wild about reading, except for manga, which didn't exist in the Dreamlands. Never did she wish for a computer or a DVD player more fervently than at times like that.
So that left sitting and thinking, and she often found herself nodding off. The fact that after her fever broke Differel slept and so didn't need constant attention didn't help matters. Her only respite was
Story: Dream Trials -- Day 9bCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Day 9 (continued)
Differel barely had any time to examine the book Eile gave her before Bettie had appeared with her supper, beyond scanning the title page, table of contents, the lists of figures and tables, the dedication, and the acknowledgements, and skimming the foreword written by a Hypatia Punicae, who was suppose to be the Chief Librarian of the Library of Karchedon and the Royal Scholar to the court of Queen Elishat, Empress of Punica. The title of the book intrigued her, though; she thought it was rather clever to name it after a popular series. It was just irreverent enough to be convincing without being campy.
Though she was polite, she barely spoke to Bettie, but in all honesty she really didn't know what to say to her. Earlier in the day, Eile had explained that she was an active Dreamer, and that in the Waking World she impersonated a horror movie hostess named Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. There she was just one of thousands, but i
Story: Dream Trials -- Day 9aCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Over the next three days, they stuck to the same schedule. During the day, Eile would sit with Differel, while Sunny slept and Bettie cooked and cleaned. Sunny then took over at night while she and Bettie slept. Differel largely slept through the night, except for when she needed to urinate. During the day, she catnapped, but otherwise drank antibiotic tea interspersed with water, and for the first day ate broth, then after that soup. While feverish, Differel hardly passed any urine. Eile figured it was because she hadn't eaten anything, and sweated most of the water out of her. What little urine she did void was hardly enough to soak a tissue. Now that she was awake and drinking, however, she urinated frequently, but being too weak to get out of bed, she had to carry her to the cabinet to use the chamber pot, while Sunny used a bedpan.
Otherwise, the days were quiet. They got word to Shadow that she was awake, confident she would tell the C
Story: Dream Trials -- Day 6Copyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Differel slept all the next day, and through the night as well. Sunny tried to hide her anxiety, but Eile could tell she was getting more worried. The maggots had not come out by evening, so Sunny decided to leave them in longer. They continued to wet her lips, but she showed no response; not even smelling salts woke her up. Sunny finally resorted to placing soaked rags in her mouth so she could get some moisture. Even so, her pulse did get stronger and her breathing deeper, which Sunny said were good signs.
Meanwhile, a steady stream of visitors came by, inquiring as to Differel's health, and how she and Sunny were doing, and offering best wishes and expressing hopes for her speedy recovery. Most were not friends or even acquaintances, though she knew who most of them were, if only by reputation. Because of that, though, she figured they were more curious than anything else, and wanted to get a look at the new attraction in town.
Story: Dream Trials -- Day 4Copyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
In the morning, after she washed up and dressed, Eile looked in on Differel. Sunny was still there, wringing out a washcloth and placing it over her forehead. Differel appeared quiet, and Eile hoped that was a good sign.
The morning after they returned home, Bettie arrived bright and early, even before Eile was up. She had changed out of her usual costume and makeup and wore her own hair and normal clothes. She started the fire in the water heater, made breakfast, and started water boiling for the antibiotic tea, then moved into the spare guest bedroom. Eile helped Sunny change the dressing and apply fresh medication to Differel's wound, and afterwards Sunny had breakfast and went to bed. Meanwhile, Bettie watched Differel as she took her long bath, after which she threw on a smock and a gown and had her own breakfast before taking over. Bettie went out to purchase dressings, bandages, and gauze, and take Differel's lenses to the spectacle m
Story: Dream Trials -- Day 1Copyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
The Adventure of the Dream Trials
Eile made her up the game trail in a slow and careful manner. It terminated at a large thicket, and she knelt down to examine the spoor of the jum'puk. In the time she and Sunny had been coming to the Dreamlands, she had learned to be a pretty good tracker. The tracks were really fresh, only minutes old. The jum'puk was probably hiding inside. Looking back over her shoulder, she signaled to Sunny to work her way around to the other side. Her partner nodded and stepped off the trail, notching an arrow in her composite bow. A third of the Zoogs that flanked and followed them went with her, while another third went the opposite way around. Jum'puks were a rare delicacy, and when the Zoogs learned that one was in the vicinity of their village, they volunteered to help with the hunt. Sunny could bring it down with one shot from her bow from a distance, saving the Zoogs the need to ambush and overwhelm it.
Synopsis: The BuccaneerCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
The Adventure of the Buccaneer
Eile, Sunny, and Differel are sent back in time to establish a base in Napoleonic France to study the Battle of Waterloo and the final defeat of the Emperor. Unfortunately, Mabuse's calculations are off; while they arrive at their target date of mid-November 1814, their target location was to be Orleans, France, but instead they appear in New Orleans, US. After a day spent reconnoitering, they discover a ship, the Corinthian, leaving for the Spain the following evening. They manage to book passage as Col. Differel Van Helsing, a retire army officer and plantation owner, and "his" two sisters. They board and the ship sails without incident. However, they have a chance to watch as $100,000 in gold is brought on broad.
On the second day, however, the Corinthian is attacked by a privateer, the Vulcan, under the command of Capt. Brown. He takes the ship and kills the crew and passengers, then begins to loot it. Differel a
SNW: Medb Crossworlds RaceCopyright (C) 2011 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Author's Note: Back in 2009, Kevin became interested in a webcomic named "Crossworlds". See the Description below for a link. He like it so much, that he commissioned the artist, Darin Brown GorFragWarGutz, to do a portrait of Medb hErenn, and he began developing ideas for a series of stories in which Medb would have adventures in Crossworlds. However, Mr. Brown was unable to continue to draw the comic, and after a short run by another artist, it hasn't update in nearly two years. Meanwhile, Mr. Brown and his writer collaborator, Thomas F. Revor, Jr., have begun a new comic.
When Crossworlds went into more or less permanent hiatus, Kevin abandoned the series and concentrated on other projects. And good thing, because if he had continued, we might never have been born! However, he still has the documents he created as he outlined his ideas. Of the ten story ideas he came up with, none were finished, but eight were developed beyond the basic id