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War of Kings and Monsters

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  • Chapter 1: The Kairen Key

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    Nathan sat at his bedroom desk, nosing through a heavy tome.

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  • At this stage of his studies, he knew most of what there was to know about first-circle Melkai, but given the wide variety of second-circle Melkai, he had to constantly brush up on them.

  • The bloated tome depicted the stupidly large second-circle Melkai, matching the monsters from the other world with animals that inhabited his own.

  • Although supposedly above his reading level, at fifteen, Nathan found the book only mildly challenging, mostly because he took the wisdom it contained with a grain of salt.

  • From his experience, men who wrote such large books got out from behind their walls as rarely as he did.

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    The author seemed to be pulling descriptions out of his rear end.

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  • Even so, drawn in by the detailed pictures and colorful descriptions, Nathan took pleasure in being a voyeur into the dangers of the world outside the castle walls while still being safe and sound behind them.

  • Flipping back through the section showing the smaller and weaker first-circle Melkai, he saw that many of them were still much larger than his own, though he doubted any of them would be as loyal as Taiba, his little friend from that other world.

  • He stretched a hand out toward his bed.

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    Nathan

    “Hey, come out here.”

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    A small blue reptile, no larger than a gecko, rushed out from his sheets, jumped onto his hand, then climbed into the folds of his hood.

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  • The Melkai deemed that part of him not only the best vantage point to observe their surroundings, but also the best place to nestle down in if he became too cold.

  • After spending three years with the curious creature, Taiba had become his closest confidant, and he was fond of feeling his cool tail coil loosely around his neck above his chain necklace.

  • He reached up absentmindedly to pat Taiba’s head in the place he knew his friend liked best.

  • There was a loud knock at the door, and they both jumped in surprise.

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    Master Morrow

    “Nathan, your presence is needed,”

  • Narrator

    Master Morrow called from the other side.

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    Nathan

    “Don’t tell me another apprentice has tried to make a pact with a Melkai in his room again.”

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    Master Morrow

    “Worse.