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January 28th, Part 18

Ein Quin and Walter Livingston sat in Ein’s living room. Neither spoke for several minutes after Walter finished his story. 

“So it’s a cursed talisman? Didn’t you expect something to happen?” Ein asked. 

“Not whatever you did to it.”

“Then why were you trying to sell it to me?”

“I lied to get into your apartment.”

“But what was that light? None of this is happening how I expected.”

“Believe me, I’m just as confused as you are. What’s your deal?”

“What do you mean?”

“I’ve put that talisman on thousands of people. That has never happened. What are you?”

“No, I’m normal!”

“That reaction is anything but normal.”

“I swear I’m normal now. Something weird happened last week, but I’m normal now.”

“There’s nothing wrong with being abnormal. I’ve been weird a lot longer than I was ever normal.”

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January 28th, Part 17

Walter Livingston stood in the middle of burning rubble, bound in place, watching the men he’d been debating fleeing for their lives. 

“Return what is mine, human!” A voice said from the talisman. 

From the talisman a light emerged, forming a face on the ground. The face looked back at Walter, surprised.

“Oh, it’s you.” Ruby said. “How did you get this?”

“I killed Sept. James, and I took it.”

“That was you? Messy kill Walter. I thought for it was some drunken army.” 

“He’s dead, isn’t he! What’s it matter how I did it.”

“You know I should bring you in for this, right? Septemvir is an important position.” 

“He deserted his post and tried to take over the humans.” 

“And what are you doing living amongst them?” 

“Staying far away from you.” 

“Keep it that way.” 

The talisman never worked again.

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January 28th, Part 16

Walter Livingston wore Sept. James talisman around his neck for years. Often he held it in his hands and speak to it, hoping to figure out how to activate it. Nothing worked. He stopped trying and wore it out of habit, more so as a trophy for victory over his enemy rather than hoping to unlock its magical powers.

One winter night Walter found himself in a coffee house in Constantinople discussing life and the universe with brilliant thinkers. Walter never thought of himself as brilliant, but living for centuries gave him a practical edge. These men imagined what the world used to be, Walter lived it. He’s seen the change in human culture firsthand, from the outside. 

“But how can you…” The talisman around his neck vibrated. He pulled out the talisman and found it glowing bright red. Everyone stared at him. 

“No, please…” 

Before he could say anything else, the talisman exploded. 

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January 28th, Part 15

James inspected the fresh wound of his server. It had been years since he saw the color red. He still hated it. 

“How dare you bleed in my presence!” Walter said. 

No one dared breathe, let alone defend the server. 

“I hate RED! I will not put up with it in my home!”

The servant screamed as their blood caught fire. The bloody fuse ran out, and the flame entered the servant’s body. Walter winced, anticipating the bloody explosion, followed by the terrified screams of the townsfolk. Within seconds the ballroom emptied, and Walter stood before Sept James. 

“Oh, it’s you.” James said. “You’re wasting your time here; She left me a century ago.”

“The world doesn’t revolve around her.”

James snarled and the two men clashed. Decades of anticipation and the battle ended in minutes. James crumpled into a ball on the floor, joining Walter in death. Walter removed his talisman and left the town burning.  

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January 28th, Part 14

Walter Livingston rode through the English countryside. The erratic but beloved Alderman banned the color red from the town. After what happened between James and Ruby, Walter was certain it must be Septemvir James.

During the twilight of a Tuesday night, Walter entered the town. The citizens threw a feast in honor of their Alderman. There wasn’t a scrap of red for miles. They held the feast in a banquet hall with an open invitation. 

Sept James sat at the head of the table with the crystal talisman hanging around his neck. He looked a thousand years old. His head hung low and his body curved inward. A far cry from the man who ruined his date all those decades ago. 

Walter pricked a servant’s arm as they brought a plate to James. By the time they reached their leader, a rivulet of blood trickled down their arm. James noticed and all sound in the room died.  

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January 28th, Part 13

Walter Livingston bowled several games with his date, Ruby. Walter never brought up the fact Ruby’s bowling ball glowed bright red. He had some secrets he wasn’t ready to share. 

From nowhere, a ball neither cast rolled up beside the jack. Walter searched to see who threw it. Ruby smiled to herself and threw her ball. She won the round anyway. 

Someone laughed from the bushes beside them. When Walter investigated, a gentleman stepped out. 

“Your skill knows no bounds, your highness.”

“Only a chance to win your heart.”

“I’m already on a date.”

“Yeah, we’re courting here!” Walter said.

“You’re so desperate you’re settling for the undead now?”

Walter threw his bowling ball at James, who stopped it midair.

“Oh, Walter. I’m sorry, I didn’t realize I’d actually have a good time.” Ruby said. 

Walter never saw what hit him, but he woke up just before dawn, alone.  

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January 28th, Part 12

Centuries ago.

In medieval England, Walter went on a date with a woman he called Ruby. They spent their night wandering around London when they happened upon a bowling green.

“Care for a game?” Walter asked, gesturing to the green.

“Sounds delightful.”

Walter picked the lock and swung the gate open. Ruby curtsied before she walked past him and bid him enter. Walter bowed and obliged her request. 

Walter liked Ruby from the first. He asked her several times, and she turned him down. Ruby along with her twin brothers were busy and successful business owners, while the world thought he was a layabout. One night she finally agreed. 

Walter used his keen night vision to find the bowling balls. He handed a black ball to Ruby. She frowned and tapped it, it turned bright red. She cast the ball down the pitch, and the game began.  

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January 28th, Part 11

Ein Quin and Walter Livingston sank to the floor, eyes fixed on the former talisman that occupied their last fifteen minutes together. It broke up into seven pieces. The crystals burst with colored light from the visible light spectrum, a belch of Ein’s life force. 

“What the heck was that?” Ein asked. 

“I should ask you the same question.” Walter said, breathing hard.

“It was YOUR magic crystal neckless.” 

“Yeah, but if you were a normal person, it wouldn’t have done anything.”

“What are you talking about? I am normal!  Who was that voice?” Ein asked, desperate to avert blame.

“Oh her? That was Ruby, perhaps the most powerful witch alive. We went on a date once.”

“Whaaaaat? You’re trying to hock a witch’s relic?”

“I told you it was used up. I’ll tell you the story it you tell me what is going on with you.”

“Maybe, you go first.”

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January 28th, Part 10

Anything Ein Quin feared they might turn into tonight surely couldn’t be worse than a lifeless husk, “Walter, come in!” 

Walter tried his hardest to make good on Ein’s request. He grabbed on to the door frame and pulled his way inside. Every step to reach them felt like a titanic struggle.

When he reached the talisman, he found three faces looking back at him; one red, one yellow, and one blue. The red face smiled as they locked eyes. 

“Long time no see, Walter. I should have known you’d try to use my talisman again. It looks like this time you bit off more than you could chew.” 

Panic stricken, Walter grabbed hold of the talisman, which was so full of magic it burned his hand. He ripped it from Ein’s neck and smashed it against the wall.

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January 28th, Part 9

The light emitted from the talisman glowed as bright as the noonday sun. Walter Livingston shielded his eyes with one hand and lunged for the talisman with the other. 

The talisman made Ein take a step backwards. Walter took a step forward but found the entrance impenetrable to him. He reached as far into the household as possible, but the talisman remained out of his grasp. 

“I can’t reach you” Walter said, still fighting against the laws of nature. “You need to invite me in!” 

The talisman drained so much energy from Ein it couldn’t contain it all. A powerful beam of light shot from the talisman. Walter flinched before the beam could make contact, anticipating it would burn him, but the light was as gentle as the full moon.

Walter tried every trick in the book to get inside but knew there was only one solution.

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