A Disagreement with Death by Craig Shaw Gardner

By Craig Shaw Gardner

Wuntvor has stuck the chilly eye of loss of life himself, who seeks so as to add the hapless apprentice to his morbid minions...

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Death had had to flee when faced by too much life. Why didn’t I feel happier about my victory? Was it simply that my master was still a prisoner of Death, and our first meeting with the specter had been so chaotic that I had had no opportunity to discover any further hint of Ebenezum’s whereabouts? Or was there something more? Had there been a change in the forest, beyond the fact that it was a mass of splintered trees and squashed bushes where the giant passed through? “Oops,” Richard interrupted.

It was Tap the Brownie. He pointed at the roiling fog. “Pretty creepy, huh? ” I stood still for a moment while the little fellow hopped into my pocket. ” a huge voice spoke behind me. ” Brax replied. ” Guxx insisted. ” Brax groveled. ” I heard the rustle of parchment. Brax cleared his throat. “Tell me, Guxx,” he read in a monotone. ” “Sacrifice? ” Brax resumed beating the drum. ” Return the favor? Did that mean Guxx expected me to go back down to the Netherhells with him and help him regain his power?

I was defeated once, but it was by your master, a wily old wizard. ” Jeffrey once again allowed himself a smile. “Besides, you have made promises to me. You, the Eternal Apprentice. ” I shrugged. ” Death’s laughter redoubled. “You will experience half a dozen deaths before I am through, each one more lingering and unpleasant than the one before! ” I replied, still appearing only mildly interested. ” Death chuckled. ” Jeffrey’s eyes stared into my own. ” he demanded. “Indeed,” I replied. This was all going a bit too well.

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