• Fantasy, Sci-fi,  Fiction,  Short Story

    Shattering by Annalise Thomas

    You can’t see the cave looming ahead, but you can feel its darkness reaching out to strike. “Are you sure about this?” you ask. Your hand is tentative on the elder’s arm, and you stumble as he guides you over a rocky patch of ground. The sword and heavy bag swing unbalanced on your hips. “I really don’t think I’m suited for this kind of thing.” The elder pats your hand gently, patronizingly. “I am certain,” he replies. You wait for elaboration, maybe a few worn-out but generous words of inspiration, but he does not bother. He slips away at the mouth of the cave, his bone-thin arm unsheathing from…