Venicus Yearns

• August 23rd, 2012

If you're not careful, you can end up with scratched retinas. The wind, that asshole always throwing dirt in your face, particles of earth and everything tearing across the sky like shrapnel.

The ones who can afford it wear eyeshields. Those who can't are left to endure the beating. Even the animals wear them, but it's not the biggest danger.

Drowning in dust is the biggest danger. Lungs filling to the brim like sandbags.

Horses wear special filters, masked like creatures from a horror story. It's commonplace here, though. In the Verges.

A place where everyone is a mystery. Faces wrapped in cloth or shielded by sleeves. All to keep out the wind. Anyone who matters anyway. Only the poor are exposed. The people no one cares about anyway.

The wind - The Everwind - it never stops, like a giant hand it always scratches at the landscape like there's an itch that won't go away.

And then there's Venicus. Working a job that's typically reserved as punishment, he hauls shit barrels from the outhouses downwind to the gulch where folks can buy it in bricks for homefires when it dries.

He carries it south, yes, downwind, trussed up head to toe in rags to keep the splashes of shit at bay, the spray. At least he gets the option to carry it. The delinquents, they have to drag it.

With the shit barrels trailing behind by reins of twisted rope, those sentences to atone for petty crimes are assaulted the whole way by the filmy brown squall, only to repeat the process everyday come sunrise.

This, more than anything, inspires Venicus to do something with his life. He years to be free of shit. To be free of Listhaven. To be free.

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Episode 3 - The Facility, part 3

• February 13th, 2012

Anya gets caught trying to explore the facility, then finally tells Serika her story.

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This epidode by Janden Hale. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Cover art by Axel Torvenius.

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Episode 2 - The Facility, part 2

• February 13th, 2012

Anya starts to suspect that the facility isn't as benevolent as the staff makes it out to be. Their indoctrinations don't work on her as well as the others. She makes an attempt to escape, to see what will happen.

Pick up The Facility in a variety of ebook formats at Smashwords.

This epidode by Janden Hale. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Cover art by Axel Torvenius.

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Episode 1 - The Facility

• February 13th, 2012

Anya the Terisian finds herself trapped in a mysterious medical facility for Carriers (women who can still get pregnant). She is removed from intensive care into the general population, where she meets the other inhabitants of the facility.

Pick up The Facility in a variety of ebook formats at Smashwords.

This epidode by Janden Hale. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Cover art by Axel Torvenius.

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