Excerpt, The Adventures of Calem Martin: Through the Doorway

Even though he knew the possibilities of its existence were slim, he couldn’t help wanting to find it and he hoped that any repercussion that could happen would not. After all, this could be his only way to be part of something greater than some random mercenary band. Leaning back in his chair, he placed the mug in his hand back onto the table and looked over at Rune with a small smirk. It really had been too long since he had seen his old friend and he was very glad to have run into him. “What do you think? Do you want to have an adventure?”

The look the elf gave him told Calem he was skeptical and thought the other to be out of his mind, but after a moment he sighed, shrugged his shoulders and simply said, “why not?”

“It could take months, even years to find, but lets evaluate what we’ve heard. So far, what I’ve learned about it is that it lies up north close to Alkemineous, possibly in the forest on the other side of the mountains. I’ve also heard rumors that the Alchemists keep the road leading to it blocked off so that they can use its waters for experiments, no surprise there huh?”

Rune’s brows pressed together a bit as he tapped the table with his finger, “I don’t like the idea of being close to that place. Even if they keep to themselves, I’ve never heard of any of my people coming back after going too close. What if they spot me and want to take me for experiments? My father certainly would not be thrilled if his only son and heir were captured by Alchemists in pursuit of a fool’s journey.”

“Hasn’t this already been a fool’s journey?” Calem asked, taking a drink from his mug before continuing. “I’ve been on the road for over a year now, taking my time in finding myself and what I want to do, as is tradition for your kind. Where else, what else is there for me to do? I can’t get back home, I don’ have the means or the  knowledge of even how I got here in the first place and as far as I’m concerned this is my home now, your people are my people, but I’m human. I’m not near immortal like yourself. This journey of finding… it’s merely a way to show your people that their place belongs to their Emperor and their duty is to him. That’s why majority return within a few months, those who don’t probably decided to pursue other interests.

So, if finding this well is fool’s journey then let me be the fool. But I will be damned if allow my best friend to get captured for experiments. Besides, no one has even seen an Alchemist for over 50 years, how tough can they really be?”

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About Hamel Moric

I'm an unpublished author living in Roanoke Virginia. I write mainly YA and short stories running across all genres. Most of my novels run in the Fantasy and Science Fiction setting. This is my site for my novels where I write about stuff and things. I'll post excerpts of novels I'm working on as well as share my thoughts on subjects that I feel are important, or you know, just write goofy and nerdy things like book or movie reviews and what not.
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