Going Nowhere Fast

Here is another part of the story that I’m working on with Keenan.  It was inspired by a phrase prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth (a waste of time).  It was also fun to write…


Keenan moved silently through the corridor.  That wasn’t hard since the cloak he wore made him undetectable to the senses.  He could be stomping down the stones in heavy boots and no one would hear him.  Rusty and Arthur trailed behind him, similarly concealed.

He reached the door at the end of the corridor and eased it opened.  He glanced at the two with him.  Then, he peered through the doorway into the corridor beyond.  He gasped when he saw two cloaked men at the end of that hall.  He closed the door, glancing back over his shoulder at his companions.  At that same moment, he saw the door they’d entered the corridor through close quickly.

“Shit,” he breathed.

Rusty scowled.  “What?” he said, his voice no louder than a murmur.  Keeping his voice soft, he asked, “What’s wrong, Keenan?”

Keenan looked at him sharply.  “Why are you whispering?” he asked, speaking in a normal tone of voice.  “I keep telling you: no one can hear us unless they’ve got cloaks dosed with potion from the same batch and that’s… yeah, impossible?”

Rusty sighed.  “What’s wrong, Keenan?” he repeated, crossing his arms over his chest.

Grimacing, Keenan said, “Wait here.  I need to check something.”  He strode through the door and came up behind Rusty and Arthur.  “Just what I thought,” he said, smirking when both men jumped and whirled to face him.  Rusty’s mouth dropped open and Arthur proceeded to point at the door and then at Keenan.  He repeated the action several times, while he tried to puzzle out just what had happened.

“Modius Loop Spell,” Keenan said, motioning in a circle.  He shook his head.  “We’re wasting our time trying to get to Carissa through this corridor.  We’ll need to find another route… as soon as we figure out how to get out of the loop.”

“What do you mean, out of the loop?” Arthur asked, shaking his head.  “Can’t we just go back the way we came?”

Keenan smirked and strode back towards the door he’d just entered through.  He flung it open and passed through it, coming out right behind Arthur and in front of Rusty, who had turned to face the door.  “No, Arthur,” he said.  “It’s a Modius Loop Spell.”

“I hate wizardry,” Rusty grumbled.


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