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Sunday, November 7, 2010


I don't know about you, but I've missed Victor Standish,

who can get into more trouble in less time than a Black Panther at a Klan meeting.

So here is the snippet from THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH called "Season of Mist/Night of Death" :

Elu studied me like a bad meal he was being forced to eat. "You can barely walk, boy."

"Yeah, well, Trick of Treat was mostly trick."

I waved absently at the billowing clouds of thick mist all around us and smiled wide,

"But it was worse for Empress Theodora and her pet bear, Strasser."

Elu looked like he was smelling something bad. Must have been his curled upper lip. "They were only Whites."

"White REVENANTS, Ton--"

A corded hand covered my mouth and squeezed hard. "Never use that name in front of me!"

I muffled, "Guut ya, Aye-lu."

He let go and waved angrily to his left, making the mists go crystal-clear. I looked and my heart sank.

"Oh, crap."

Elu's window out of his prison, the Mirror World, showed a rocky slope of a jagged desert mountain and

... a very roughed-up Abigail Adams ... surrounded by ... I counted, getting more depressed as I went ... seven Apaches.

The cloud slipped like a dropped veil from the face of the moon. Its pale light struck fire from the long, sharp canine teeth of the Apache REVENANTS.

The elegantly dressed leader of all the white American revenants was tied to a stake of all things.

"First, Theodora. Now, this. Jeez, Elu, is she trying to commit suicide?"

His dried-apricot face went sad. "Yes, I believe she is."

I went stiff. "Well, we're not letting that happen. She's gotta give Alice away when we get married."

The fullness inside me bristled, and Elu arched an eyebrow. "Have you even asked the ghoul yet?"

"Hey," I said, gesturing to my chest. "This is me we're talking about. Who could say no?"

The fullness bristled more, and I sighed, "Besides, Elu, you and I both know I'm never going to make it out of my teens."

Elu depressingly nodded. "Yes. But you need to die soon so that Dyami may live."

My heart joined the Titanic. "Captain Sam?"


I made a mental note to myself : In front of Elu lose the "Captain Sam" and keep the scalp.

"Why soon?"

"Your weakness distracts Dyami and makes his enemies think he is weak as well."

"So you want me to go rescue Abby so that I can die?"


I smiled wide. "Well, why didn't you say so? Of course, I'll go."

As he eyed me warily, I dropped the smile from my face. "And then, I'll be back to whip your ass ... Tonto."

His eyes actually shot flames. Jeez. What was he?

Invisible hands seized me and hurled me through the crytalized fog. I hit stony ground with a stumbling, awkward attempt to keep from falling on my face in front of seven Apache revenants.

I thrust out my arms in a flourish. "Tada! Abby, you're rescued."

Abigail's mouth dropped, "Standish, are you insane?"

"People keep asking me that."

I eyed the Apache leader, who waved his men back, and smiled at him. "Go figure."

My heart became as cold as his eyes. Jeez. I recognized him from the history books. Geronimo. Great. It kept getting better and better.

Like slates of rock scraping against one another, Geronimo asked, "Why are you here?"

I muttered to myself, 'All right, Victor, time to earn that reputation of yours.' I gave him a wolf's smile.

"Well, Elu thinks he sent me here to die."

Geonimo's eyes narrowed. "Why would he do that?"

I edged closer to Abigail and flashed a gypsy smile. "He's jealous of me."

Almost to her stake, I gestured grandly to myself. "Can you blame him?"

Geronimo looked like he was about to speak my death sentence. "Of course, he wants you dead, too."

He barked a harsh laugh. "He sends a boy to kill me. I am so afraid."

I pulled myself up as tall as I got, the fullness growing heavy inside me.

"I killed an Old One when I was twelve. And Empress Theodora and Major Strasser are a little worse for wear from this Halloween."

Geonimo gave an Oscar-winning look of contempt to Abigail.

"Why do you need me and my men for your war against Empress Theodora when you have this great warrior?"

Abigail glared down at me as if I had just sunk her great scheme. Yeah, like she wasn't already tied to a stake to greet the dawn when I got here.

Stroking Abigail's arm and stopping at her wrists, I turned to Geronimo.

"Well, she doesn't want this widely known, but she's sweet on me -- doesn't want me to be in harm's way and all."

Abigail husked, "Standish, if my hands weren't tied ...."

"Ah, no kisses in front of these guys, all right. I get embarassed easy."

The cruel smile dropped from Geronimo's thin lips. "You have been amusing. Now, you die."

I held up the cords that once held Abigail helpless (hey, Harry Houdini was my teacher.)

"You really want to dance this dance, Chief?"

He snorted, "You two can barely stand."

My own smile dropped. "You've forgotten the first rule of hunting : never get inside the cage with the wolf."

He stepped closer, his fangs becoming longer. "You are outnumbered."

I shook my head. "No. You are."

The heaviness flowed as mist from my chest to reform into Alice in her short gothic Lolita outfit. She smiled with her own sharp teeth.

When someone like Elu invites me to his deadly Mirror World, I just naturally think of having an ace up my sleeve or the ghostly ghoul, Alice, inside my chest.

"Oh, Victor, you sweetheart. You know how much I like Native food."

Geronimo was only a foot away. There was no way he was getting out of this alive, or as alive as the undead got, if things got ugly.

He husked, "A ...."

"Hey, that's my ghoul friend you're about to call names, Chief. Now, we can either be friends, or you can be spare ribs. Your choice."

And that is how Abigail got her Apache warriors, and Geronimo became my friend ... well, kind of.

And for those of you wondering what gothic Lolita fashions look like, here is a video (remember Alice looks thirteen like Victor, and though she is ... ah, a bit older, Victor is her first love.)


  1.'ve perfected the art of breathing life into historical icons, Roland. Well done as always.
    I'm especially fond of Abby Adams...a personal fave.
    Take care,

  2. Elliot : Thanks. Abigail was always one of my favorite historical figures as well. Your praise means a lot. Now, off to watch CENTURION.

  3. Victor Standish! What a boy! He just conjures up his potent weapons be they spiritual, mineral or mammal just like so and whaps the opposition! But oh with what style!! And such fun too!

    Great stuff, take care

  4. I never knew of him. Thanks for the educational moment and the entertainment as well.

  5. Hope you enjoy your movie as much as I enjoyed reading this.
    just a note one time you use revenants it isn't all capitalized:)


  6. Jodi : The guy in me enjoyed CENTURION. It was no GLADIATOR but it held my interest, making me root for the underdog centurion. Yes, I capitalized "revanants" those two times to try to show each speaker had stressed the word in their speech.

    I'm glad you enjoyed Victor's little adventure. I think this particular scene will be in the sequel to THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH.

    LOL. I'm talking as if an agent is going to accept this. Well, I have to finish the first volume first.

  7. I found VIctor quite charming... perhaps a bit of Roland in him? I enjoyed this very much. You never disappoint us, Sir. Perhaps next time you will treat us with an excerpt from your first volume.

    What I really loved was how you incorporated modern phrases ... "Oscar winning smile, " and "I'll be back to whip your ass ... Tonto." Too fun.

    Looking forward to your next post.


  8. I would totally hang out with Victor, he's a blast! Loved the snappy dialogue, too.

    When are we gonna get to see how Gypsy et all are doing?

  9. Words Crafter : My next chapter of GHOST OF A CHANCE is in the works, but so much time has passed, I will have to write a bit of a prologue now. Yes, Victor is a gypsy scamp, all right.