The Garbage Man – Part III

Continuing with the story, “The Garbage Man”.  What was to be a short story has taken off on me and is well on its way to becoming another fantasy novel.  No idea where it is going either.  I hope you do enjoy it.  The title will eventually change and Lotharic, you will discover, will return to his earlier name, Edgar, not only by popular request but because Beanna prefers it.  Oh, and the name, Allay is pronounced “Ally.”  And typos may be lurking where least expected… Otherwise, let’s see what dreams may come.

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{start of part III}

“I feel so terribly cold…”

Lotharic brought Beanna out of the transition trance and explained: “I took you between worlds and it was your body that felt the cold of abandonment. We cannot travel thus physically. Whenever we enter the astral worlds we must leave our physical bodies behind.”

“Put the sword away, Beanna. What happened here, none of it was your fault, or even your doing. I manipulated your thoughts and feelings to expose your darkest side. It was necessary. Now, together, we will work on bringing out the compassionate, caring, loving Allaya. We will transform you. But again, let me emphasize: you needed to see for yourself; to experience, the depth of evil you are capable of as a human being. What you saw and did today is true for your entire race, or species. It is who and what you are. Some of you, particularly women and children hide it well from themselves, but the “good” among you are the exceptions and your goodness is always artificially produced. You are not naturally good, but rather always bend towards evil. Soon you will understand and fully accept that. The Allay and Allaya knew this fact about Earthians before they agreed to come here. We thought we understood the risks of course.”

{End of Part III – 180113}

7 thoughts on “The Garbage Man – Part III

  1. Woebegone but Hopeful

    Hard edged and raw Sha’ Tara but considering the world these characters are in and the circumstances they are dealing with then every action makes a grim sense.
    Joe Abercrombie is one of the masters of this and you matched up very well. waiting for the next part.


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Part IV just up and coming. I have to leave some breathing space in between, maybe sandwich a poem in there, they’re piling up and impatiently waiting. And speaking of self discipline (we weren’t but that’s totally irrelevant!) I’ve kinda-sorta decided to back off on all the political stuff for a while and play with writing. It’s likely to piss off a whole lot less people and I’ll drink to that! A la tienne! Roger!

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      1. Woebegone but Hopeful

        Yes that’s something I would support. We all need to take time out from one thing or another. And your writing definitely needs ‘airing’ to the world! Go to it!!
        (I’ve writing projects piling up and Karlyn is lurking about arms folded and foot tapping meaningfully!)


      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Yes, you don’t want to keep Karlyn waiting too long, it’s not her style. She’ll find another adventure to follow if you ignore her. When Beanna first “introduced” herself by dangling down from that beech tree, I thought for a moment I had Karlyn or a sister of hers on my hands…

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      3. Woebegone but Hopeful

        She’s not the sort of girl to be ignored, she’ll pester and nag (and swing from trees at me).
        Yes, now I hadn’t thought of that. Perhaps they originate from the same group of cultures? (It’s a big universe after all)


      1. Woebegone but Hopeful

        All the old saying goes…’Credit where Credit is due’ 👏


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