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Desert Horde on horseback

Night of the Barbarian – part three-

by VJ Miller, Sr.

CHOICES? Remain in this world and know you’ll earn a slow, unrewarding, tormented fate. Or, roll the dice on a reality of adventure and possible early death – if that life truly exists.

If you missed Part One or Two

Weeks have passed and Barney is home to convalesce.  His days and nights are filled with trips to and from the Dreamworld. Ronal is learning how to converse in the barbaric world and relearns the use of his sword. Barney is getting stronger with each passing day.

Jenny has come for her regular visits after work and on weekends. She goes happily about doing the cleaning and washing.

“Are you sure you’re ready to go back to work tomorrow?”

I’ve been out nearly two months. Disability payment only go so far y’know.”

“You know I’ll help- any way I can.”

“I’m aware of that and we’ve been over this many times. I’ve got to get back to work and concentrate on other things. The boredom gets old.”

She sits next to him and places a hand on his knee. “The dreams still bothering you?”

“They’re so damn vivid. I could swear I was actually there.”

“It’s that overactive imagination of yours. You should stop reading those adventure books.”

He toys with the amulet in his fingers. “I haven’t read any other thing than the newspaper since I came home.” Continue reading Night of the Barbarian – part three-

Desert Citadel

Night of the Barbarian – part two –

by VJ Miller, Sr.

When we left off last time, Ronal defeated the Agga-Seer and made off with Ur Soola and reclaimed his belongings, but all is not right with him. And what of Barney. Can he survive?

If you missed Part one

The respirator squeaks and hisses, laboring to support what is left of Barney’s life. Tubes run into and out of him carrying various fluids. Doctors and nurses work frantically to keep the man alive. His heart rate flatlines, paddles are reached for and he is shocked twice to get his heart beating again.

Jenny, sleepless, distraught eyes wet, stands at the door to the ICU staring through the window

A young nurse standing beside her seeks to give her words of comfort

“We’re giving him the best care there is. There’s nothing you can do here. Why don’t you go home and get some rest.”

“I can’t leave him. He’s all I have.”

“The doctors are doing everything possible.”

“But… Is he… is he going to die?”

The young nurse takes a long slow deep breath. “If anyone can pull him through, those people can.”

Jenny nods and turns from the window. “What am I going to do now?”

“You’re going to go home and get some sleep before you end up a patient here,” said the young nurse as she put her arm around Jenny. “I’ll see about getting you something to help you sleep.”

“O-okay. Whatever you think best.”

They walk slowly away along the dimly lit corridor. Continue reading Night of the Barbarian – part two –