Check out the opening scene of Ichabod Brooks & the King of Nowhere by Charles Yallowitz from his blog.
(Sorry for the two posts in one day. The Luke one was already scheduled and I couldn’t find another spot for this.)
Ichabod Brooks stares at the smoldering wreckage that was once a tavern run by a former thief named Pepper. Only one wall remains standing, but he can hear it is already starting to buckle under its own weight. He is relieved to see that there are no bodies within the blackened wood and cracked stone, which means his old friend could still be alive. Spotting an oddly shaped pile of ashes, Ichabod gets closer to the building and draws a dagger that looks to be made of ice. The freezing blade keeps his hand cold as he moves it through the hot debris, the gray flakes turning white and sticking to his dark fingers. Finding something solid beneath the ashes, the adventurer pulls out half of…
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