“What Lies Beneath” – an original short story written by Michele Kunz

As I announced last week, I will no longer release exerpts from Guardian of the Stone.  I will however continue to write and hopefully entertain those of you who follow my blog. Today begins a new adventure with new characters and possibly a few new followers…

Welcome to:What Lies Beneath – an original short story written by Michele Kunz

The Quest

Tedesco, a rather unassuming character couldn’t help but notice the strange markings etched into the cavern wall.  As he runs his fingers along the mysterious inscription, he questions their origin.   He commits every detail to memory before continuing on.  Tedesco shouts to the others when he realizes that they had already moved on; their light now barely visible amid the dark tunnels.  He would have to follow the light, if he had any hope of keeping up with his party.   As he strives to make his way toward the others, he continues to slide his hand along the cavern walls.  Tedesco feels a break in the smooth cold rock and stops to get a closer look.  Again his attention averted as he makes note of a similar impression.  He calls out to the others, but their light is no longer visible and for the first time Tedesco becomes unsettled.  Fearing that he is separated from his colleagues, Tedesco immediately takes account of his surroundings and maps out his original footsteps.  In the event that he becomes lost, this would be his only way out.  His instincts tell him to exit the mine and wait for the others to find him, but his curiosity has gotten the better of him.  Even before the expedition began it was agreed upon, if any had become lost or separated they would abort the mission and wait at the caverns entrance for the others to return.   However, Tedesco was not about to deny himself this unique opportunity and goes against protocol advancing deeper into the abyss, knowing full well that his actions are a mistake.  Still he refuses to turn back, after all this is what he has been training for.   After years of waiting he was finally chosen to be part of this team.

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Always leave the reader wanting more…

Now that I have gotten your attention, it is time to begin a brand new storyline. Hopefully I have gained a few fans along the way, as it has been my intention from the start to always leave the reader wanting more.  At the top of the page are the first 4 chapters of “Guardian of the Stone” where they will remain until the books are published, please share this information with other readers. I promise that I will not leave you without anything new to read.

I have spent the last year busy with social media, making connections and searching for the right publishing house to market my books.  All of this has left little time to write; however not writing was never an option for me. Therefore I began to write short stories that could be adapted later on.  I will release these stories for your enjoyment and save “Guardian of the Stone” for its preview when the book is released.  I hope that you have enjoyed reading “Guardian of the Stone” as much as I enjoyed writing it.  I also hope that you will continue to follow me.

Beginning next Sunday I will release a new story; “What lies Beneath”.  I hope you enjoy this story as much as “Guardian of the Stone”.  Thank you again for following…

Michele Kunz

Chapter four continued…

“Long before the stones were discovered the three kingdoms co-existed side by side in peace.  The citizens of each domain were free to travel and trade from one kingdom to the next.  The land was lush and food was plentiful.  The good men of this earth outweighed the wicked and the tides of time favored those whose hearts were pure.  However, evil men find a way to disrupt the balance of nature and inject their venom into the weak.  They prey upon those whose spirit and character are lacking.  During this time of splendor, a young man who lacked such character began to summon the feeble and faint of heart.  He vowed to care for them and offered them worldly goods in exchange for their loyalty.  These men were faithful to Sir Trozar, and for their allegiance they were deceived by the manipulative nobleman.  He continued to make false promises to these pathetic men whose empty souls seek direction.  The harder these men worked to please Sir Trozar the more he controlled them.   He created an army and had his loyal soldiers erect a castle.  He wanted his empire to be feared by all, so he built it high atop the Golbotros Mountains for all to see.  Sir Trozar had now become King and his Kingdom was consummated, evil hath taken an upper hand.  As you already know King Mord is a direct descendant of King Trozar and as for the Morshmen; they are the beast who evolved from the faint of heart.”  “Then where did the stones come from,” I ask?  Nahaum replied, “That young Guardian is another story, one that I will let Simeon tell you.  For now let us return to the others.”                            

Chapter four continued…

“The remaining two Kings also abandoned their kingdoms, in order to rise up even greater empires.  They decided to divide and conquer; they overthrew smaller monarchy’s and established themselves as a dominant militia, a force to be reckoned with.  By creating a principal domain they secured their kingdoms and the stones they had sworn to protect.  They traveled to distant lands, conquered opposing kingdoms, combined wealth and strengthened their military.  Their armies had tripled in numbers; King Trozar would not even consider challenging a defense force of such monumental proportions.  Now as these new kingdoms emerged, the two Kings felt secure in their power and ability to protect their secret and safeguard their stones. At that time, all three stones were safe and the Kings had secured the balance of good and evil for future generations.  Each King would leave his legacy and pass down Guardianship of their stones.  “You Robert are a direct descendant of King Michael,” continued Nahaum. “King Norman is a direct descendant of King Gabriel and King Raymond is a direct descendant of King Christopher.”