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Monday, September 28

Time and the Serpent: Prologue

Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks
Gonna come back and take you home
I could not stop that you now know

--Clocks by Coldplay

After trudging across the blasted landscape for hours, they reached a standing stone nearly five feet in height with strange markings on it.

"What is that?" asked Hammer.

"It isss a warning," said Ssuthraa.

"Warning against what?"

Jim-Bean cocked his head. "Did you hear that?"

Hammer and Ssuthraa stopped. "What?" asked Ssuthraa. "What do you hear?"

"Voices…" said Jim-Bean, swiveling his head to pinpoint the sound. He was on utterly barren and flat terrain; there was no way he couldn't see the source. The voices were coming closer…

"…it sssound like?" said Ssuthraa urgently, interrupting Jim-Bean's concentration. The serpent person shook him. "Ssspeak, fool!"

"Hey," shouted Hammer, pointing his pistols at the serpent man. "Step away from him."

"Chanting," said Jim-Bean. "It sounds like chanting." more

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