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186. The dark beckons

The dark beckons but Cassandra refuses its call.

She is all alone now and has been for eons. The others have fled into the arms of the usurper. How easily they were swayed by his dark promises, seduced by his considerable charm. And foremost, blinded by the gold and the power he dangled in front of their greedy eyes.

They took the weapons when they left. They took the knowledge and the food. They left Cassandra thinking she would not be able to survive. That in her darkest hour she too would heed the call of the usurper.

Yet Cassandra is still standing. For whatever material things she was deprived of, they did not strip her of her cunning and her inventiveness and her penchant for survival. From the shadows, Cassandra has watched the world burn, but she has quietly flourished. And now the moment has come to emerge from those shadows. Into the light she will step, she and her army.

Fire burns and cauldrons bubble as the sands and boulders of the ruins she has abided her time in coalesce into stone giants stone, intent on wreaking havoc.

She will take the fight to the usurper.

And to them.

Those that abandoned her.

All of them witches.

 

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160. It was a dark and stormy night

It was a dark and stormy night and the scholar was perusing old manuscripts in the old wing of the university abbey, where hideous stone gargoyles with their hollow demon eyes looked down on you from every angle.

Professor Maudlin wouldn’t have it any other way. She revelled in the old, the horrific, the obscure.

 

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48. Nothing a pinch of salt can’t fix

Nothing a pinch of salt can’t fix.

She grabbed the seasoning from the shelf and gently sprinkled a handful into the bubbling cauldron. The potion was perfect now. The salt more or less neutralized eye of newt’s pungent tang and augmented the subtle flavour of adder’s fork.

Most people called her a witch but she saw herself as an experimental cook. She had trained in the best culinary schools before embarking on internships with the great chefs of Europe. But disheartened that molecular cooking had taken flight she soon scoured libraries to find the roots of traditional cuisine in the Dark Ages.

An ancient monastery manuscript especially peaked her interest. In it was included a list of recipes from an old crone the monks had burned at the stake. The ingredients baffled the mind: gall of goat, scale of dragon, liver of blaspheming Jew. Not your run of the mill dish items. Yet she wanted to give it a try.

Gathering the ingredients proved to be quite the quest until she ran into a hump-backed Romanian named Igor who assured her he could provide her with everything she needed. Even nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips. As he came good on his promise time after time she no longer asked questions about his collecting methods. She’d been cooking the Dark Age dishes ever since.

Her hand feathered the little bell and in came the waiter. She handed him two plates. Table four.

The guests sniffed the plate. They had heard great things about this new place. The food was supposed to be delicious and innovative.

Of course the only ones telling that weren’t those turned into frogs, trolls or in one case, after gobbling up the same soup the guests were now sinking their teeth in, a fire-spewing dragon.

 

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