Six Sentence Sunday, 29 January 2012 (The Necromancer and the Barbarian: a Love Story)

“And I froze him,” Raina said, and her outlines sharpened, until there was a human-shaped void with a corona of moonlight about it, and a face, dimly seen, that might be bone or flesh; it seemed to slide from one to the other. “Raina Scherer, deceased,” she said. “I’m afraid I don’t have any credentials of the usual sort. Dr. Felix will have to vouch for me.”

The policeman turned to Raina with his notebook and prepared to take her statement. Since the Great Change, the authorities took evidence and asked questions later, especially on the night of the full moon.

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17 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday, 29 January 2012 (The Necromancer and the Barbarian: a Love Story)

  1. Alix Cameron says:

    I love the ambience through your writing, and the last line is so perfect with this six.

  2. Zee Monodee says:

    Very intriguing – the world you paint sounds fascinating 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    especially on night of full moon – at least they learn – it seemed to slide from one to the other …Yes, the joy of SSS is the variety and the opportunity to read stories that we ordinarily would not be aware of

  4. The Great Change sounds fascinating. I’d love to hear more.

  5. epbeaumont says:

    The Great Change is the linchpin of my whole alternate universe, and I’ll be getting into more detail in next week’s Six Sentence Sunday selection.

    “At least they learn”: This story is set in Germany, where the reaction to the Great Change has been somewhat different from the Anglo-American world (cf Shape-shifter’s Tale, set in the Upper Midwest of the USA and featuring witch-burnings).

    • Sue says:

      Do you mean that they weren’t as dicriminatory in Germany as in the Anglo -American area?? As always you raise interesting philosophical issues.

  6. The description of the sketch is excellent. I don’t know what the Great Change is, but I certainly want to know.

  7. Kate Meader says:

    This sounds like a fascinating world. The dead are being questioned by the police? Very cool.

  8. Vivien Dean says:

    Always such interesting world-building you have. Well done!

  9. Nice description, and some wonderful setting details. =D

  10. Oh, my. I want more of the context of this.

  11. Dan H. Kind says:

    I am never disappointed with your sixes, E.P. Keep up the great writing.

  12. Fascinating six! Excited to read more!

  13. Very intriguing, can’t wait to find out more…

  14. Monica Enderle Pierce says:

    Wish I knew why she froze him. It seems to me her change is emotional, reflecting what she’s just been through. Fascinating, as always!

  15. Becca says:

    As always a very rich world contained within the seemingly simple action of the scene. As much is learned from what you say as what you don’t.

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