(The Returned Dead) Chapter 6 – Sunset – 6,693 words

When Semt opened his eyes the next morning, back aching from the tight, cheap cot, he barely had time to shake off the grogginess before Dae kissed him.  Morning breath or not, her kisses were like coming home and he relaxed into it. She laid back down beside him, head on his chest. “I love …

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(The Returned Dead) Chapter 5 – Vessels – 5,296 words

It was the Well in his chest that woke him up.  Semt’s eyes opened to the darkness of one of the Graveyard’s barracks.  Dae was curled around him, her legs intertwined with his own, her head on his chest.  Beneath the threadbare blankets, the warm press of her body was welcome. Asleep, the previous day’s …

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(The Returned Dead) Chapter 4 – The Graveyard – 3,496 words

You could smell and hear the base camp before you could see it.  Campfire smoke and food drifted on the wind with the sounds of people and work.  They climbed the final hill before the camp, seeing the smoke rise in the horizon.  A melody of distant music reached them as they crested the hill. …

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(The Returned Dead) Chapter 3 – Mortals – 4,716 words

Semt came awake with a gasp to complete darkness.  He gulped for air, like he had been completely empty moments before.  Icy cold pain enveloped him and he shivered violently under its force.  He had never been this cold before, this starved for air. His body felt overwhelmed, every movement sending painful aches through his …

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(The Returned Dead) Chapter 2 – Convalescence – 3,677 words

The demons hadn’t made it past them, but it wasn’t really correct to call the battle a victory.  Their lines were ravaged, more dead on the ground than those standing. They would get back up, but it could take days to heal from some of their injuries.  It left them vulnerable, and those who experienced …

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(The Returned Dead) Chapter 1 – Breach – 5,150 words

Semt slipped back into his uniform, redoing buttons and fastening clasps.  He breathed in the forest air, lifting his face with closed eyes to feel the few rays of sunlight that made it through the leaves.  It was important to stop for things like this, he had learned.  Sometimes you just had to slow down. …

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