Posts in Book I: A Strange Bunch

Episode 13: Morlak

This entry is episode 13 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  Morlak     Only now did Senka begin to fathom what the “dead of night” truly meant. Midnight had arrived, and they all felt it. As if everything in the forest had fallen asleep or died: the breeze trailed off, the occasional night cries of birds ceased, even the owls stopped hooting, and even the stream’s steady whisper seemed to hush, so that their wading through water suddenly sounded loud and heavy, as the… Read More

Episode 12: Night Hunt

This entry is episode 12 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  Night Hunt     “You say, lass, that you know not why some are after you?” The question was asked in a clearly doubting tone – and even someone as young as Senka, unsophisticated in conversation, could make out the clear disbelief expressed in this short sentence. They were now scrambling through the woods, as quickly as was possible. After coming together once again, Žarko told them that they must stray off the path…. Read More

Episode 11: Infernal Pack (part 2)

This entry is episode 11 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  The horseman and the winged cloud above halted just a few horselengths away from Žarko; he thought he could reach him with a few quick, deliberate jumps, if only his fool horse would obey him. Now the two riders surveyed one another, cautiously and inquisitively. Žarko knew full well the kind of impression he made on people when he scowled; he imagined that those people felt quite similar to how he was feeling at… Read More

Episode 10: Infernal Pack (part 1)

This entry is episode 10 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  Infernal Pack     The small group which had headed out from the village and upon their journey in the late afternoon, as the sun began to drop, travelled on for as long as Žarko could make out the path in front of them. After a peaceful night, another calm day of travelling followed, with a long afternoon break. Senka had the impression that Žarko had no particular goal in mind, but neither she,… Read More

Episode 9: A Thief Named Vuk

This entry is episode 9 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  A Thief Named Vuk     “Eh, my Žarko… who have you gathered around you? First a blind girl, now a cripple! Without a doubt, an impressive lot…” The big man went on, occasionally muttering to himself under his breath, allowing the horse that was carrying both him and food to wander off relatively far in front of his companions. Senka shivered at the thought of how upset Žarko would be if he also… Read More

Episode 8: Encounter Two

This entry is episode 8 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  Encounter Two     They were somewhere near the tavern, which Žarko first headed for, when they heard the mob. Senka realized that something was happening from the sound of rough shouts and the unusual uproar, and immediately felt uneasy, while Žarko stood calmly in the middle of the street. He was interestedly following the goings on, just as his young companion once upon a time would raise a glance at any bird singing… Read More

Episode 7: Who is Žarko

This entry is episode 7 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  Who is Žarko     “What to do with you, lassie? To lead you onwards would not do, but to leave you here is worse!” These words the strange man spoke more for himself than anything else, the longest string of words Senka had heard him say during the whole morning. She felt desperately like crying, like pleading for herself, for help, to throw herself into his arms… but she remained silent. They were… Read More

Episode 6: A Night by the Forest

This entry is episode 6 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  A Night by the Forest     “Come on then, lassie, tell me once again… Something came after you, but you don’t know what?” If Senka were able to see, she would not have missed, even with her inexperienced eyes, the mocking expression in the eyes of her questioner. The enormous man raised up his waterskin, and gulped from it an amount that only he could call a sip. Then he smoothed out the… Read More

Episode 5: Encounter One

This entry is episode 5 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  Encounter One     “Damn horse! This one will not hold out much longer, tomorrow I will have to stop off at some village and get a new one…” The hefty horseman had not said this very clearly however, as he was not particularly inclined to conversation. Everything that came out of his mouth sounded more or less like “Haaa!” interspersed with slappings on the horse’s rump in an attempt to get the animal… Read More

Episode 4: A Shadow in the Dark

This entry is episode 4 of 23 in the series Tale of Tales

  A Shadow in the Dark     If the previous events remained only a series of disrupted images for Senka, then the following moments remained an echo of vague noises utterly drowned in a dark sea of unspeakable horror. How could one describe what was happening in the soul of a twelve-year-old girl who was suddenly without her family, without her home, and without sight? For Senka was suddenly blind! The girl did not… Read More