New Short Story! Liquid Melancholy

It’s time for a scaaaary story and–what? Halloween is over? Oh, so it is. Well, it’s not actually scary. Unless you count depression and loneliness to be scary. So… it’s scary.

Liquid Melancholy is a return to some old frenemies and wait that’s how you spell frenemy? I mean, it’s in spellchecker and that’s how you spell it?? But friend has an I before E except after C and oh never mind.

Liquid Melancholy heads back to Mintop to see how Conrad the Conqueror is doing. He has plans, but who cares about him we’re focusing on the magma monster here! Nobody ever visits the magma monster, and that has made Cagnorm lonely. They want a friend. Will they find it? To what lengths will they go to find one? That’s what this story looks at. Hope you like it!

Odemon #526

A scream pierced the silent night. The quick patter of small footsteps suggested the panic of someone fleeing. Behind came a regular set of soft thuds like hammers hitting the spongy dirt covered in dewy grass. Hammers chasing after the more light-footed presence, though not falling behind.
The light-footed Lopunny turned as she fled from the bulky monster behind her.
“Aha, my dear,” said the Gigalith, “you can’t escape me, you might think a Gigalith to be slow, but I am Draculith, and vampires are much faster!
The Lopunny skidded to a halt and held up a hand at the Gigalith, prompting Draculith to halt as well.
“Hold on a second,” she said, “why the fig are you a vampire? You’re a Gigalith! You’re a figgin rock monster!”
“Er, uh, well.” Draculith peered down. “Just look at my teeth! Just look at these proturding fangs! They are nothing clearer than vampire fangs.”
“But what do you even need blood for?”
“Have you never heard of the phrase, “you cannot get blood from a stone”?
The first rays of dawn’s light shone over the horizon.
“Aha! Got you,” the Lopunny said. “I distracted you long enough for–” She groaned as Draculith began to sparkle. “Stupid teen romance novels. I forgot vampires just sparkle now.”
“Ah, more than that, my dear.” Draculith glowed. “I’m still a Gigalith! I’m a walking solar energy producer. I absorb sunlight in these crystals, and then…” Draculith discharged a ball of light at the Lopunny, knocking her to the ground.

-Odemon #526 Gigalith

Chapter 14 of Darmenzi, Solid Stone Will, now up

Here‘s chapter 14 of Darmenzi, which brings us to an area first shown in Slubes but never actually traveled to. It also features bush animals and a puzzle.

In related news, I finished the main editing of the last chapter of Darmenzi yesterday, so now it’s time to go back and do wider edits such as tightening the character arcs and insert other words here that makes it sound like I know what I’m doing. I hope to have that done by mid-June if not end-May.

As always there is my Patreon, where patrons can read these chapters early and get expectations!! Are they great expectations? Well, they’re not bad.