After nibbling on some hard cheese and stale bread from his pack, Darney pulled the cards out of his pocket and spread them in front of him, far enough away from the fire that no sparks would jump on them, but close enough so he could see part of the images on their faces.
Per usual, the Magus card stalked him at the center of the heap, reversed, staring up at him, accusing him of not being who he was supposed to be--labeling him a charlatan. The confidence of the mage on the card was wiped when reversed, like something had drained the vibrant colors surrounding him. Blue cat eyes glinted in the backdrop, but they looked miserable upside down.
The mage had escaped the fire, and it seemed to call the damaged cards to it, so it could protect them. What Darney should have done.
He scooped the cards up and stuffed them back in his pocket. His own guilt was enough--he didn't need it from that card too.
Darney shut his eyes, yearning for sleep, to forget what had happened. But the screams wouldn't let him.
From "The Magus" (placeholder title) in the Fate series (rough draft)
About the Fate series:
A story for every Tarot card. A connection to the world of Fate for every story. The three world-hopping cat sisters find themselves at home in the purples of Fate, yet still drawn to the greens of Earth, sticking their noses in the stories of inhabitants of both worlds.
"The Magus" follows Darney on his quest to heal his damaged deck of Tarot cards--cards that have their own heartbeats.
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