Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It sounded when it pleased, night or day...


Tick, tick, tick.

Tick, tick, tick.

The noise echoed off the stone walls of the castle’s great hall. It echoed down the corridors, past the tower, and down the winding steps to deep dark part, where the Good and Decent people never dared to go.

Tick, tick, tick.

It came in three knocks each time. And repeated randomly. For the last thousand years.

In the reign of the first Emperor, they’d searched the dungeons, and had found nothing. The seventh and hundredth tried to burn the noise away, but it always came back. Now, they simply vowed to ignore it.

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