science fiction, adventure, humor
After agreeing to hunt down an ancient relic on an alien world, Mike Wesley may have gotten more than he bargained for: the mark of the hero which gives him the ability to respawn after death, ten times.
Now, between the deadly booby traps and the cute, cuddly yet murderous cat creatures that inhabit the world of Kelenia, he'll need each one of his new lives if he wants to make it back to Atlanta in one piece.
“It’s Rowan,” Adarha sobbed. “We last talked two moons ago. May he yet find peace.”
Mike took his cap off as a sign of respect, but as his eyes grew accustomed to the low light, he noticed the skeletal remains of humans and not so humans littered across the ground. The skulls were missing from several of the skeletal bodies.
“What happened here?” Lou asked.
“The ones that came before,” Ariel answered. “We need to get out of here before we’re laying with them.”
“Any ideas, Mike?” Louis asked with a panicked breath.
“Well it’s too high up to climb up, unless…unless we use the grapple beam thingy! Louie hand me the grapple beam thingy!”
“I kind of put my bag on the three fingered statue next to yours.”
“Why in the blue hell would…” before he could complete his statement a chill crept through his body. “Something’s wrong.”
Metallic screeches filled the gigantic hole that they now occupied. The mark on Mike’s forearm began to glow brighter.
“What is that?” Louis screamed.
“Probably whatever killed the others,” Mercury said calmly. They felt the ground shaking. Mike quickly glanced at the skeletons lying around them. If he didn’t do something soon, they would all be there beside them. The screeching grew louder and got closer until Mike finally saw what was charging at them from both sides: two, twenty foot tall spiked walls that were approaching. Different sized skulls hung from the spikes.
“So that’s where their heads are,” Mike said, making Louis spew valley beast on the not so recently decapitated. Mike had to think of something; the closing spikes would be there to meet them in mere moments. He looked up once again. If only he could reach Piggy’s bag. He then looked around the increasingly small crevice for something that could aid them in escaping. Skeletons won’t work, neither would rocks or a very small puddle of water.
“We’re running out of time here, young one; any ideas?” Brackar asked pleasantly. Mike continued to glare at the puddle. It had to be less than two inches deep.
“If I die, where do I come back?” Mike asked the old man frantically. Brackar simply smiled and nodded.
“Drown me,” Mike shouted, not believing what came out of his own mouth.
“Don’t go crazy now; we need you, Mike,” Lou pleaded frantically.
“No time to argue,” Mike said. “Drown me so I can restart up there and get the grapple thingy.”
“Brilliant! But I can’t drown you,” Lou said. “Imagine how I’d feel if I had to drown my own brother.”
“Who wants to drown me?” Mike asked, and almost before he finished his question, Mercury ran toward him, her face a beam of sunshine.
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Let's Meet the Author, Christian Terry!
Joooood's Interview with Mr. Terry:
What's your theme song?
--- My theme song would have to be Southernplayalisticaddillacmuzik by Outkast, I'm from Atlanta so it has to be!
Are you planning on writing one genre or do you plan on branching out?
--- I plan on branching out eventually, there are so man stories I'd like share. Just let me finish the respawn saga first then I'll be able to share.
Does you have a "must have" for a good writing session? Like, a special pen, knick knack, even a certain snack or song?
--- My must have for a good writing session would have to be a nutria-grain bar, grape juice and my headphones on blast with a mixture of hip hop, videogame music and John Williams scores.
Oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip?
--- it depends on the mood, I'm not faithful to any cookie. If I were dating oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip sent me facebook messages I would respond ! But yeah oatmeal raisin is my boo though.
What do you enjoy outside of writing?
--- Gaming, I'm a huge gamer! I have just about all of the consoles, from the NES to xbox one. Also a huge Atlanta Falcons/Braves/hawks fan. I'm an Atlanta falcons season ticket holder 3 years in a row. #Riseup
What is your all-time favorite book?
--- Favorite book, I'd have to say it's a toss up between The Killing Joke and On a Pale Horse. I've read them both a million times! But the Killing Joke does have batman in it and Batman never loses. So....the Killing Joke is my answer.
What is your favorite part about living in Atlanta? When people come to visit you, are there any places the absolutely cannot miss?
--- Atlanta is really great, we're called the New York of the south now. With all the movies and everything being filmed here nowadays, this place is more popular than ever. And I love that. When you're at the movies and you see a scene in a place that you visit regularly, I don't know why but I just geek out over that. As far as visiting places, I'd say Underground Atlanta and if you're an outdoors person Stone Mountain.
What kind of sammich are you planning on giving me?
--- Meatball marinara...oh you meant for you? You can have a piece I guess.
Is there something you wish somebody would have told you before you tried to publish your book?
--- How important networking is. And having tons of patience. Both of those.
How long until you add a platypire into one of your books?
--- Maybe in the sequel to Ten Lives. I can see it now Jood running from the evil queen and her army as they come after the others. Hmmm , writing notes down as I type this...