Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 10 part 1Chapter 10
Under a kindly sky, dark clouds loomed across the river. Homes along the shore overcame to a bright orange blaze, sending a haze of smoke and ash like a drifting wind. A thunderous rumble split across the open mesa as guns and cannons fired indiscriminately. Among the brush and burning buildings, faint outlines of white and gray uniforms clashed. Overhead flying fortress quarreled as blooms of black and gray clouds filled the air between them.
A line of onlookers gazed from across the river, many rested on fine linen blankets, while others stopped by following the second morning service. Dressed for spring, the bright colors from the dresses, suits, and hats brought a sea of color among the rust and gray land like a blooming cactus flower after the rain.
Mrs. Lochner held her own smoldering haze as the smoke from her cigarette gently blew in the midday breeze. Her gloomy colored dress of
Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 9 Part 2The gray toned clouds fused with the dark emerald sky in a harmonious dance of rain and wind. As the rain pelted the mountains, gust of wind blew against the sharp cliffs. Over half a dozen coastal birds rested along the edges bringing the vibrant sight of the coast into the hinterlands. The valley below had an enormous gray stone building surrounded by dead lowlands. Alone stood the destroyed palace of Prince Francisco. It’s faded green and gold paint pealed as the violent land stripped the unnatural objects from its home. The phantom building stood idled among the glossy mud as the rain formed small lakes on the dry land. The old ornate roof lay splintered, burnt and blackened by fires similar to that of the First world. Yet its sight is a vessel from the recent, untouched as it stood waiting. Out of view a faint shadow could be seen as a large crater shattered the mountains of near. Following the source, it originated back at the destroyed building. Heavy fog and rain gave
Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 9 part 1Part Two:
The Fallen Mask
Upon reading this letter, you would have departed from my care. I cannot go with you beyond those hills. I am truly saddened to see my child leave. Once your Mother had fallen ill with the cough, all of us had to leave our home and travel away.
My treasured child the sickness has only grown worse among our family. Even before our rapid departure you have known that the help fearing for their health left, the labors under contract fled into the hills. Jorge my child we have lost so many among our family. I fear that my debt will be my end. For it is why I have departed with Copper Maiden. Her confidant Miss. Hayloft shall be trailing along. See to it that she pays for your logging and allowance. When this is over we shall be reunited in happiness and song.
Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 8 Part 2“Baranov I am surprised to see that your drunken good health has not kept you away from the club. Even after you politely decline to play Paddle court on numerous occasions. That I have grown a mild concern that you fear such activity of the physical.” Said Dasha in a radiant tone, that Baranov nearly dropped his drink in Gonzalo’s ashtray.
Baranov’s eyes glanced at the reptile standing with ball paddle in one hand, while a foul educing cigarette was in the other. Dasha was wearing a flowing dress of white that its color became overwhelming to Baranov that his eyes browsed over her.
“Good day to you Governor and to you Mr. Simpson.” Dasha said as her eyes scanned away from Baranov and focused on the old governor and his enforcer.
“Good day to you my dear.” Said Gonzalo while Mr. Simpson only gave a polite nod.
Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 8 part 1 Chapter 8
Sunrays pierced through the glass windows of the smoking den. The high ceiling room held the vibrant scent of ash and perfume. Stained woods and silk drapes decorated the room. Filling the room were the bodies of the elite conversing while the staff moved with swift efficiency that they became unseen. Polished floors of white reflected the Orange sunlight giving the ground a rippled effect.
All matter of discussion filled the room, as Trade, War and Country merged into a sea of noise that no topic could be separated from another. Baranov placed himself near the
Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 7 part 3As Iron Press faded back into the night, Marion resumes leaning against the wall. Her eyes become heavy as she turned towards the burning foundries, their glow among the other lights became her focus. Her scarlet eyes fallowed the smoke stacks until they merged with the dark and starless night.
Several weeks back on a blue evening sky, the stars lay hidden behind gray clouds. For recently a sudden rainstorm had been through, filling the land in puddles and lifting the dust into the air becoming moist in the scent of mud. Marion had just arrived as the sun slipped through the spotted clouds, before fading. The Bluish skies still carried the clash of thunder as the sound echoed the colony town.
Marion carried a long coat to her right side, underneath she kept her pistol drawn. Paranoia had her looking at every face with suspicion and possible danger. Lack of sleep and focused worry carried the sights of error for a she cannot tell
Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 7 part 2
Once outside the main office, Marion walked behind a part of the building that faced away from the street. She lean herself against the worn wall, and looking at her watch. Marion then heard a low voice from near-by. The whispers of a deep feminine voice filled the darkness with unseen dangers, as the voice too was a presence that carried mystery. Marion eyes moved towards the void, before she saw a figure came out from the shadows as if it was a stalker creeping along the walls.
“Howdy, seems my eyes have the pleasure of seeing you again girl,” said the figure in an abrupt tone. Marion said nothing in reply, as she resumed to lean against the wall. Looking up she inhaled the night air, before she turned to look back at the figure. The dim ember light now outlined the figures silhouette. The bars on the windows drew small lines across a rodent’s face.
A thick trail of smoke glided its way around long whisker
Insect Charter: Arrow's Divide Chapter 7 part 1Chapter 7
Down on the office floor, the secretarial pool was kept busy into the late afternoon. Rhythmic taps and clanks filled the floor as young office workers typed feverishly producing reports and records for Pattern’s clients. From censored to uncensored, varying sizes of paper including types of machines were used to write the documents. Though shift key typewriters where commonplace, an old machine could be mixed in. One typing machine was suspiciously old, that it neared ancient. However the machine was designed to copy documents that an insect could read, while it could also produce larger print so that a reptile would not have to wear spectacles to read the small print.
Marion was sitting near the back, just out of sight that her appearance did not hamper productivity, yet close enough that she remained a looming force. The loud mechanical sway of the machines ch