Welcome back! We sure left off on a cliffhanger huh? Though if you don't know what we mean: maybe go and check out episode 1: http://www.jameswylder.com/blog/lady-aesculapius-episode-1
Well, we're back, and we're onto a new adventure...so without further adieu, let's get onto a new tale by me, James Wylder.
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You never forget the first time you die. It happens very early after you’re born, that is if you’re a Firmament. Lady Aesculapius could still remember being born, falling out of her cloning tube, scratching at the skin over her eyes, mouth, nose, ears…she flailed on the cold floor, till the attendant came over and slit her eyelids and mouth open.
“Welcome to the multiverse,” she’d heard someone say, “now let’s get you toweled off, you have to fill out some forms.”
She was guided to a group of other doughy-eyed people, fresh out of their tanks, clothed only in a towel, eyes bright, taking in everything now that they existed, and smiling at each other.
“Hello!” a man said, “Wow, look at all these new faces!”
He stretched his arms out wide, expecting a laugh, though Lady Aesc just smiled and blinked, having never heard a laugh in her life yet.
The man sighed, “Well, as you all can see, the soul-bonding worked spectacularly. You’re the newest members of the Firmament, each of you with a firm (he chuckled) role to play in keeping the 10,000 Dawns running like clockwork. Now, sorry to say this, but even though we’ve been at this for a while, there are still some problems with the creation process, I’m afraid, and your first bodies, like all of ours, have some issues from the soul-bonding process. Hence the whole...face being covered in skin thing. You all looked faceless, and it creeps me out everytime. But look, I’m mainly here from the council to welcome you and apologize. Because well, we’re going to have to transfer you to new bodies right off. So, you know, sorry.”
They stared up at him, smiling and blinking, as the Enforcers of Knives slipped out from the shadows and slit every single one of their throats. Lady Aesc clutched her throat, gasping, crying, and then she died.
She woke up floating in a tank, now with proper eyelids and lips, and found herself sliding out of the tube, coughing onto the floor.
“There you go. We all have a false start there, miss, but welcome to the world for real now…” the man checked a tablet, “Aesculapius.”
It was with more grace and experience that Lady Aesculapius fell coughing to the floor this time, but she still remembered that first death. Her limbs were covered in the artificial amniotic fluid this new body had grown in, and behind her, dozens of her future bodies hung in their own solution, brainless and immobile. Around her, millions of other bodies were just the same, floating in their own jars.
“Hello, fancy seeing you here,” a voice said, and Lady Aesc looked up, the liquid dripping down from her hair blurring her vision. “You came out of there faster than I thought. Too bad.” Then the cudgel came down on her head, and she died again. And she felt her soul, if you can call it a soul, falling, and flying, and she dropped onto the floor again, sputtering fluid, gasping for air, crawling through shards of glass. Why was her tank broken?
“Get Enforcers in here now!” someone yelled, and a figure bolted, vanishing in a flash. Aesc felt held, someone pulling her up, wiping the solution from her eyes, pulling glass from her hands, and wrapping her in a towel. She was surrounded by robed Firmament, the people of her home planet, and they seemed panicked.
“Do you know who attacked you?” one of them asked her.
“There was a box, I opened the box, and it wasn’t a present, at least not a very good present. Honestly they need to take a class on birthdays if that’s their idea of--”
“When you arrived, someone attacked you and killed you again, correct?”
She nodded, “I don’t know who. I didn’t see them. Just heard them...”
“Damn,” the Firmament rubbed her forehead, “I don’t want you to panic, but they smashed your resurrection tanks. The bodies you’ve had in storage are...”
Aesc turned around. They weren’t kidding. The dozens of tanks, stretching far back into the seemingly endless room were all...smashed. The bodies ready to resurrect her upon dead lying scattered. “By the faceless gods,” she gasped.
“I know this has to be a shock, but...we need to know your name. They destroyed the markers on your tanks.”
“My name is...” There was a roar of wind, and the glass and blood on the ground shifted to form perfectly legible words:
Surprise! You probably wern't expecting this, but this week we have a brand new 10,000 Dawns ebook for you to enjoy. It has three brand new 10kd stories never before seen anywhere else, along with three older stories previously only available in other anthologies, books, or websites. You can now read all of them in this one book on your ereader, tablet, phone, or just on your computer.
Best thing? Its only 99 Cents. You heard that right 99 cents!Follow Martian Soldier Jhe Sang Ki as he uncovers a shocking conspiracy, an owner of a flying restaurant who just wants to cook burgers but has to deal with a massive threat, and the head of the largest company in the Solar System who learns where his long lost sister is...
Tales of Treason features cover art by Rachel Johnson, and stories by me, James Wylder.
You can purchase it right here:
You can read the story right here:
Thanks to Luther Siler for hosting the story, and welcome to any of his readers who came over here after reading it! Feel free to say hello ^_^!
The book is titled "Tales From the 10,000 Dawns" and it features stories by:
and James Wylder (also editor)
All these stories will be available in the future in different collections, but this is a chance to get a taste of the future of 10,000 Dawns right now. More events and cons the book will be available at will be forthcoming.
Chapter 26: The Council
Chapter 27: A Miracle of Malice and Mercy
Chapter 28: The Girl Who Missed the Ocean
10,000 Dawns Interviews:
James Wylder (writer)
Alex Rose (songwriter)
Rachel Johnson (artist)
Jordan Stout (writer)
Josephine Smiley (writer)
Taylor Elliott (writer)
Other Bonus Features:
Tribute to Annie Zhu
Essay: 10,000 Dawns: Using the Multiverse for Self-Discovery by Tyler Lipa
Essay: Graelyn: The New Frontier by Amanda Irwin
An Artist's Journey
Preview of 10,000 Dawns: Anthology
You can also download the entire Finale as a big (70+ page!) PDF ebook, or ePub ebook for free below:
Art by Annie Zhu
Our social media interns are Alex Rose, and Elijah Efsits.
The audio version of 10,000 Dawns is produced by Rob Southgate and the Southgate Media Group.
You can find the podcast here: http://www.southgatemediagroup.com/10000dawns
The audio version's themesong is "Space Adventure" written and performed by Alex Rose.
The 10,000 Dawns Universe is the creation of a group of talented creative individuals who have contributed ideas, art, and stories throughout the years. These individuals include:
Josephine Smiley, Taylor Elliott, Jordan Stout, David Koon, James Wylder, Miguel Ramirez, Elizabeth Tock, Brandon Derk, Ellie Fairfield, Annie Zhu, EN Hempstead, Kegan Mixdorf, Meghin Shelton, Daniel Alejos, Patrick Russel Blaker, Colby McClung, Olivia Hinkel, Raen Ngu, Nozomi Neko, Chase Jones, Genevieve Clovis, Evan Forman, Rachel Johnson, and many more.
The character of Graelyn Scythes is the creation of David Koon, the character of Alice MacLeod is the creation of Josephine Smiley.
We would like to thank every single reader and listener who has made 10,000 Dawns a part of their week, and their life. Its now our honor to share with you the final chapters of this adventure... But adventure itself will go on forever in your life.
-Love, the 10kd Crew
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