The General Threat

Glad you could join us for the next newsy episode of Elliot’s Adventures. If you’re new here, you can catch up by returning to the beginning, and reading really fast…

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Vernon became more agitated as his friends tried to ease his distress.

“You don’t have to worry about Spike,” Elliot assured him, “he’s dead.”

“Do you mean D’Arc, Vernon?” Cassandra asked. “We thought you must have defeated him. Did he get away?”

“No, but I would have been done for if he hadn’t insisted on chasing me down,” Vernon admitted. “I was lucky enough to lead him into a web. He won’t be back.”

“Then I don’t understand,” Elliot said. “Why do you think rebels are coming?”

“Maybe he’s delirious,” Clifton whispered so loudly everyone heard him.

Feeling Vernon’s face, Cassandra shook her head. “The fever’s broken.”

“I’m fine — a little weak, maybe, but I’m not delirious.”

Clifton handed him a bowl of herbal tea.

Savoring the steam, Vernon explained. “Spike and his little band of rebels were taking orders from someone else. No one I talked to has ever seen him, but he calls himself ‘General Hai’. They say he has a lieutenant who’s even more ruthless than D’Arc. Someone who doesn’t hesitate to kill innocents.”

“Were they behind the slaughter in the Freelands?” Elliot asked.

“You heard about that?” Vernon struggled to sit up.

“I saw some of the devastation myself,” Cassandra murmured clenching her jaw.

Vernon nodded. “After I recovered from the first infection, my Freelands host took me to see some of the victims. They talked about an upcoming trial for one of their own, but the actual killer escaped. They call him The Assassin.”

To be continued. . .

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Author: Sue Ranscht

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7 thoughts on “The General Threat”

  1. Will Elliott be equal to the challenge…I don’t doubt him, but the Assassin? Sue, this is turning out to be an epic read…engaging and absorbing, sort of an insect “Duncton Wood” 💕

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    1. I’ve read “Watership Down” a couple of times, but I’d never heard of “Duncton Wood” before. Thanks for mentioning it. After doing a little research, I must also thank you for the huge compliment. (Another British author I know called Elliot’s Adventures the “gastropod version of Game of Thrones” — I laughed sooo hard.) Even so, I won’t pretend I’m not both flattered and honored by the comparisons.

      I can’t claim my story is on the same level of literature (though there’s a good case to be made that GoT is more soap opera than literature, lol) because I’m not as much concerned with realism. (As I’m sure you’re well aware — my characters’ lifestyles are definitely fanciful!) But it is vital to me that their characters ring true. And while I have overlayed the story with distinctly human philosophies, politics, and emotions, my first goal is that it should be as much fun to read as it has been to write. I want it to laugh at itself even as the cliffhangers ravage your nerves.

      I admit I’ve written Elliot’s Adventures to please and amuse myself, but it means a great deal to me, knowing that there are a few people like you who enjoy it just as much as I do. Thank you, Samantha. ❤

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      1. Lol – love the GOT comparison too! And yes, while the characters have humanised qualities they all have a distinct flavour of their creature qualities too…

        Right. Off to catch up…💕🐌

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