Alba Chapter 14

Click. The handheld device switches off, marking the end of the story just as the double suns descend down towards the horizon, creating gold and blue slashes across the sky while making the black beach twinkle like a field of onyx.

Aki and the captain had brought the translator with the tome down from the lighthouse to share with the other two scientists. As the sun set, they started a fire and continued to listen while surveying the land. The story gave them an intriguing tale of history and geography of planet.

Alba Chapter 13

From the day they first reunited, Alba learned more about her parents, about the people before her, and all the history that was lost to war. After Aunt Evelina was cured, the four of them left Dragonback Mountain. While Kai and the sea people chose to view the world from their glass city, Alba and her family chose to be part of the world, wandering into towns, forests, and deserts, living and talking to the townsfolk. It was a time of great knowledge and adventure. Alba learned the ways of science and magic, interweaving knowledge and unknown into one.

Alba Chapter 12

Evelina took the three travelers through a cave where a contraption similar to the one in Daryn’s tower hoisted them towards a top landing. They arrived in a glass chamber with the walls and floors appeared to be made out of glass and seats were made out of rocks.

Alba Chapter 11

Grumbling and moaning through the earth, the glass elevator groaned a relief as the doors slid open and Alba, Nonno, and Daryn stepped out into a cave of crystal stalactites and opalesque stalagmites. They could see a light in the far end of the cave and walked towards it. As Kai promised, they were at the foot of the Dragonback Mountain, with its green ground rising up to snow laden peaks surrounded by heavy gray mist.

Alba Chapter 10

Journeying over Basil Tundra was long and cold. They traveled at high noon. At dusk, tents were set up to avoid the night chill that threatened any tree or animal that dared to thrive. Snow khees roamed freely grazing on hidden roots and springs below the salty frozen land.

Alba Chapter 9

New markings on an old dusty map with its edges frayed and brittle made Alba realize that the telescope was more than a spying device. Her uncle used it to survey new towns, old kingdoms swallowed up by forests and wasteland, new rivers and dried ones, and an ever-changing sea and ocean.

Alba Chapter 8

“So Alba is my niece,” Daryn exclaimed after reading the letter left to Alba. He hugged her tightly, tears forming in his eyes. “I am so glad to have met you. Alas, it was not I who left the letter. Though I do know who did. Follow me.” They all followed him.

Alba Chapter 7

Wizards were meant to be dark and scary but Daryn the Wizard was the opposite. He did not look like the wicked wizard who stole innocent young girls’ hearts. Neither did he look or sound mad. Rather, he looked an awful lot like Alba with shockingly white hair and blue eyes to contrast his dark skin and stood just as short.

Alba Chapter 6

In a blur of leaves and twigs, Alba and Kai tumbled down a steep hill, thankful that Nonno had given them a thick travel cloak that protected them on this free fall journey into darkness. They rolled to a stop as countless red and brown leaves rained down on them. Meanwhile, Nonno slid down on a bed of thick leaves with his stick to guide him much more gracefully.

Alba Chapter 5

“They say that if you wander off the path in Warlock Woodland, you’ll get lost and never find your way out. They speak of a wicked wizard who lives out there bent of making travelers die of madness,” Kai told as they rode on the back of a hay wagon being pulled by a khee—a 4-legged creature who spends all day eating wheat and is immune to the world’s misery.

Alba Chapter 4

Beyond the Great Mermaid Sea that spanned from one end of the world to another, laid the Eastern Sand Drift. It was once a seabed but was now a desert exposed to the beating sun and heat.

Alba Chapter 3

Once, long ago, in a small harbor town called Fiammetta, perched on the edge of the world, there lived a young girl named Alba. With hair as white as the snow on the tips of Dragonback Mountain, eyes as blue as the Great Mermaid Sea that surrounded the town where rainbow fish swam freely, and skin as brown as the earthy trees of Warlock Woodlands, Alba was a unique girl from other townspeople of fair hair, fair skin, and brown eyes.

Alba Chapter 2

Aurora lights up the planet like fairies dancing in space as Flight Engineer Aki maneuvers a small spacecraft through the earth-like atmosphere—smoothly and deftly slipping between the sea of rock debris forming the planet’s rings.

Alba Chapter 1

Dawn. It arrives bringing with it the splendor of light crashing against the rings of the planets like jewels tossed onto a sleepy blue blanket, shimmering and crackling, playing an ageless song unheard by the naked ears.

The Bellowing Call

I look at my phone and the time makes me anxious. One hour. Now, it is 59 minutes left. There never seems to be enough time for oneself during the day. 59 minutes of juicy chicken tenders. Oily french fries, maybe a burger that’s dripping with sauce and pickle and mustard and maybe onion and…

A Planet and A Girl

Once long ago, the planet had two moons, rising and setting like a pair of needy tenacious lovers unable to spend one rising apart. One was smaller than the other but unrelenting despite its diminutive size. Being red and dwarf-like, it fed off the larger blue one, as if envious and desirous of attention and…

Written in the Stars

This short story came to me after watching this awful Thai lakorn called Mia Jum Pen, way back when I had just finished year one of my first job post-college. The lakorn was so silly and quite horrendous; the type of soap opera you cringe watching but can’t get yourself to stop. But I loved…

“Doubt Thou The Stars Are Fire” Prologue

Here is a sneak peek into my new story. I was inspired by Cosmos (the TV show) and Shakespeare’s famous lines from Hamlet. This is the song that helped set the mood for me to write it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

(I Could Live On) Loving You

Warrior’s have no heart…no sympathy…no regrets…no meaning to life… There was one man who stood alone among the worn soldiers trotting forward. He alone stood fiercely and proudly. He was the vanity of her eyes…the agony of her heart…the being that made her aware of her feminine needs…wants…and desires. They all pooled into one at…

Alba and The Lighthouse

The sky hung low and gray while mist and fog clung close to the muddy ground, making the walk to the lighthouse wet and cold. It rained every seven days in the seacoast town of Fiammetta and Alba Mondo had prepared for this day, her rain shoes, coat, and umbrella made by the sisters of…