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page 2 and vignette at the WordPress link
Evie scouts the northern woods for a troublesome ogre. But there are other creatures besides ogres lurking in the forest!
The deeper into the valley I went, the colder it got. I hadn’t been this far north in a long while, and I wasn’t quite dressed for it to be this chilly. Worse, the sky was getting more overcast as the day went on. It was going to be a long frigid hike back to the inn where I’d stashed my gear.
I wished I’d at least worn some leggings and a warmer tunic. And I wish I had my special Cryptae Ranger-issued overcoat. Unfortunately, the last I had heard, another Ranger was wearing my coat when she infiltrated a fortress…and she came out of the fortress without it, so my coat was likely lost forever.
Besides the cold, I was tired, hungry, smeared with dirt and speckled with mud. I was discouraged and ready to head back to the nice warm inn and a long soak in a very hot tub.
I’d found no signs of a large creature in the area–no large footprints, no droppings, no scattered bones. Yet there were many many footprints of smaller creatures—ones who would stay away if there were a large predator in the area.
Maybe the reports of an ogre were inaccurate. Misunderstandings, maybe, or a little hysteria. Perhaps it was another kind of creature entirely that was harassing livestock and raiding homes.
This is page 2 of a full Evie story in collaboration with ArtOfVenus.
And watch for more with Evie soon!