During 2018’s A-Z Challenge, we wrote the first draft of “The November Deadline” and to celebrate that this is now (finally) out with beta readers, we’ll be producing a daily piece of micro-fiction linked to it – some prequel, some containing a detail not included in the story, some snippets from sequels currently being written.
“It’s Merlin I feel sorry for, look you.” Tink spoke unguardedly, forgetting that there were guests.
“Merlin?” Her ladyship prompted, topping up his whiskey and splash.
“Yes, poor blighter really got it in the neck. One of my lot. Was trying to make things better for people but over did it slightly. Word got home and they came for him in the end. Morgana was one of Queen Mab’s fixers.”
Isaac kept his head down and his ears open, trying to decide if he was the butt of an elaborate joke. Mike wondered whether the top up had been the right thing to do.
“And to add insult to injury, they tell all that nonsense about him. I’d write a true account, so I would, but I think that might be breaking the terms of my parole, in spirit, if not in the letter. Speaking of spirits though, top me up with some of that Kilbeggan, if you please, and we’ll drink a toast to my old friend Merlin.”
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