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Notes from the Labyrinth
Unobtainium and Dragons' Bones
Restless, bored ... I know, let's put on a show! 
28th-Aug-2007 03:14 pm
writing: mink-blue
I mean, a meme.

First lines of unfinished stories, behind the cut. Because I have nothing better to do.

1. Corambis
One by one we walked the labyrinth beneath Summerdown, and one by one we came to the engine, dark and cold, at its heart.

2. "The Wolves of Hollywood"
Wolves prowl the Sunset Strip. You can tell them by the way their eyes reflect the street lights. You don't get in their cars or follow them down alleys, no matter what they promise. You made that mistake once, and you know just how lucky you are that you came out alive, mostly in one piece, and not infected with anything worse than the clap.

Hollywood has taught you a whole new definition of "lucky."

3. "The Queen of Liverpool"
The Mistral Freighter D35-692N-C, Queen of Liverpool, had been grounded for thirty years, since the successful implementation of Chen and Tiedemann's q-curve drive had made her and all her sisters obsolete. Her navigational systems had been pulled, all her fittings, and she had been deliberately crashed in the deserts outside New Prosper Colony, deserts so vast and so lifeless the colonists had never bothered to name them.

4. (Un)fallen
Nephael cannot remember Heaven.

Its life began with a cry of pain, light glaring in its eyes, bare earth beneath its naked body, the stench of sweat and meat, greed and mortality, so thick in its nostrils that it began to retch despite the fact that until that moment it had not even had a stomach.

5. Cormorant Child
With a shriek of protesting metal, the hatch opened, and Mule fell out of the palace-ship into the long grass of the Edrin Valley. He was trying to run before he made it to his feet.

6. The Emperor of the Elflands
An urgent voice, a hand shaking roughly at his shoulder. "Maiah! Maiah, wake up!"

7. Dark Sister
Long ago, in a world none of them can remember, the vampires were taught to dance.

8. The Second Son
On the twenty-fourth of April, Medraut dreamed of Loheris again.

9. The Sidhetown Tigers
Jefferson Finch was a lousy pitcher, but he was the best we had.

10. Schrödinger's Parable of the Cat
Denise Blumenthal died on a beautiful spring morning in the polity of Greater Manhattan.

11. The House at the End of the World
When Sebastian Marlin became a man, there was no one to celebrate with.

12. The White Devil
Since I was a little girl, I've always told my father my dreams. Except for one.

13. "The Ninth Secret of the Tea Ritual"
My mother was kitsune. When I was born kitsune, too, she cursed the fates and slew the midwife and raised me as a daughter.

14. [untitled]
The woman in my office had been dead for five days when I found her. The smell was unbearable, but the ghost was worse.

15. [untitled]
"What are you doing, sister-wife?"

16. The Ghoul Hunters
They hadn't caught the shoggoth larva smugglers yet, but the head of the BPI's southeast hub had other things on his mind: "And, ah, how are you and Sharpton doing, Keller?"

17. "The Brides of Nyarlathotep"
The Renault case refused to break. Snapshots of the victims had gone up on the corkboard in the briefing room, one by one, and most of the agents in the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations' southeast hub could recite their names by heart: Lydia Renault, age 27; Mary Anne Sumner, age 24; Dale Kelton, age 25; Joella Barber, age 24. And they were waiting, sick and helpless, for number five.

18. "Under Babylon"
Mick Sharpton's howl of outrage--"oh fuck no!"--was clearly audible in the junior agents' office. "Mickey-boy's just seen next week's duty roster," Livermore said smugly. "I told Adams he was going to screech like a scalded cat."

19. "Thirdhop Scarp"
The current owner of Thirdhop Scarp claims that the name is a contraction of "third hope," but this is etymologically dubious in the extreme; still improbable but far more likely is the local explanation: that if you fall off the escarpment, you reach the bottom in three hops.

20. "To Die for Moonlight"
I cut off her head before I buried her.

21. "The Queen in Winter"
There were five queens in the creche. Beulah, Pauline, Camille, Thelma, and Katrina. Beulah was the favorite, and one night after the nurses had gone to bed, the others ganged up on her. There were only four queens after that.

22. [untitled]
The Englishman with the tufted eyebrows was as punctual as the bells of Sacre Coeur.

23. [untitled]
Queen Titania was dead.

24. [untitled]
The crime-scene tape was gone from the basketball court.

25. [untitled]
The fight ended in a flurry of motion and a sudden spray of blood.
28th-Aug-2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Ooo. Number twenty-three intrigues me. I love stories that deal with the faerie Queen, so... interested in seeing where that would go~
28th-Aug-2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
More than any of the others, 7 amuses me on its own. 16, 17, and 18, though, are the ones I imagine would lead into the stories I'd most enjoy.
28th-Aug-2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
#9 baseball & faerie, what more could you ask for (except cats, of course, but they are the tigers...) I do like #7 also, it made me smile
29th-Aug-2007 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm highly intrigued by 3.
29th-Aug-2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Seven, nine, 11, 12, and 20 are fascinating. I want the rest of those stories.
1st-Sep-2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Oooh. I like (Un)Fallen the best.

Damn, you're good at naming things. It takes me forever to name anything but people.
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