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The Oracle Experiment- Chapter 6Chapter 6 -The DukeThe Oracle Experiment- Chapter 6 by Ankhesenamen
I directed the Dragon Carer back to the abandoned mansion. The dragon was awake when we reached the library, its breathing shallow and laboured. Its gemstone scales had lost their shine and a slick mucous-like substance had started to form around the corner of its eyes. I immediately got to work on washing the remainder if its wounds with the medical alcohol I’d stolen from the infirmary. The dragon tensed at my careful dabbing and I could only imagine the pain I caused it, but at least it understood this was a good kind of pain – one that came with healing.
The young Caretaker’s shadow came over me. I felt him hover and barely managed to steal a glance at the bewilderment on his face.
“Will it be alright?” I asked him.
He snapped from his daze and knelt beside me, placing a hand on the dragon’s hide.
“He seems stable for the moment. But he does need proper treatment right away, especially that wing. But what is this?
The Oracle Experiment- Chapter 5Chapter 5- The Medicine CabinetThe Oracle Experiment- Chapter 5 by Ankhesenamen
I was several minutes late to the kitchen, but given the noisy bustle of activity, no one seemed to notice. Quickly pulling my hair back into a bun, I grabbed a tray and joined the serving line.
Every man with a name was here. The banquet hall was full to the brim and looked immaculate. Red and gold filled every space imaginable – from the red of the carpet to the gold trim on the tables. It was a banquet fit for social royalty. Several times I had to stop myself from staring too long at the elegance of ladies in shimmering ball gowns and gentlemen presenting well pressed and expensive suits. It was a whole different world to the one I knew; like stepping into a perfectly coordinated dance full of beauty, manners and white smiles.
The tray I carried was carefully decorated in finger food that looked and smelled like something that’d come from the backside of a fish – apparently a fine delicacy among such circles. As a servant, I
The Oracle Experiment- Chapter 4Chapter 4 -Dinosaurs and DragonsThe Oracle Experiment- Chapter 4 by Ankhesenamen
The servant body was thrown into panic. The day of the ball had come around quickly and no one felt prepared. Nothing short of perfection was expected of us, which was easier said than done for a staff with only four weeks experience. I suppose, in this instance I could’ve considered myself lucky that I was given the job of running final errands in the city. Paperwork needed to be signed and service contracts finalised, and I was one of very few servants with adequate literacy skills to ensure contracts went to the correct people.
Summer, in its final death throws, was determined to make one last stand, and so under a blistering sun we sweltered. Zirthest’s smell was worse than usual, even in the business sector it was hard to ignore the stench that crept in from the slums. If word of Master Alexander’s efforts to re-open the mines proved true, then in time Zirthest would earn enough funding to get itself back on its feet and pe
The Oracle Experiment- Chapter 3Chapter 3- The Secret RoomThe Oracle Experiment- Chapter 3 by Ankhesenamen
The weeks went by relatively smoothly. My integration into the household was easier than expected and I managed to land myself a job in housekeeping. My duties involved little more than mopping, dusting and scrubbing, which was nothing that I hadn’t done before at the orphanage. As the end of the second week approached, more servants from the estate of Master Alexander’s parents arrived in preparation for the ball. These servants came with considerably more experience in working for the household, and therefore seemed to carry their own air of authority. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they were earning a higher pay than us too.
To prevent thieving, our pay entitlements were kept with the estate’s treasury until such a time that we would need it. I kept a record of my earnings in a notebook I’d brought from the orphanage. Maybe in a year or so, I’d have earned enough to get me to another city.
Come mid-week the thi
The Oracle Experiment- Chapter 2Chapter 2 -The RavensdaleThe Oracle Experiment- Chapter 2 by Ankhesenamen
It was well after sunset by the time I got over the Ravensdale’s wall. Landing silently behind a bush, I found myself in a garden quite different to the one next door. Even in the darkness I could see the forms of perfectly manicured trees and bushes, and a lawn so soft it made me want to take off my shoes and run around in it.
Gas lanterns lit up a winding pebble footpath leading back to the great house, the immensity of which was hard to miss. Everything was painted white; from its brick foundation to the wood panel walls and tall, doubly storey columns. Balconies rounded the building and a giant staircase led up to the front porch – though this was not where I was headed.
Keeping to the shadows, I scooted around to the rear of the mansion where the building’s neglect quickly became apparent. It looked like a project half finished and the further around I ventured, the more the jungle of a garden seemed to take a hold of it. As if in
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