Drollerie Press is giving away short fiction here: Free Stories!
Looking through the titles that Drollerie Press is giving away, “Well of Sky” by Joely Sue Burkhart jumped out at me. The description mentioned the Maya and it has been a longtime since I’ve read a story about them. So, I decided to give it a go, right, free is good.
“Well of Sky” is about a the tormented soul of a special woman, a woman who has decided to come out of a self-imposed jungle exile. She is tired of being looked at in fear and longs for companionship. She has offered herself to Lord Five Shield, if he can win the afternoons ball game and complete the proper ritual sacrifice of the his competitor.
However, her heart is not in marriage. Lady Jade Mirror simply wishes to live a normal life, have a family, have friends. The Sorcerer, Itzam, tells her lovingly, like a daughter, that she will she will never have a normal life. She has travel into the land of the dead and returned, the people will always look at her with fear and suspicion.
Lady Jade Mirror must make a choice, the continued freedom that exile provides or a bondage to Lord Five Shield through marriage. However, there might be a third choice available to woman who has traveled deaths road and survived. Will Lady Jade Mirror have the courage to seek out the black jaguar that stalks her dreams?
“Well of Sky” is free. Go read it.
Burkhart, Joely Sue. “Well of Sky.” Drollerie Press