"Balance good with evil's stain,
Lest dark wizard's powers reign.
Every hap shall come aright,
When Dragon's Pawn is Keeper's Knight.
Let in tiny sparks of day,
free those who are wizard's prey,
Web of universe shine bright,
Turn the Darkness into Light."
Jarl had gotten his riddle from a kindly, grandmotherly sort of witch. But friendly or not, she'd told him pretty firmly he had to solve it if he was to become a hero who could fight off evil and find his way home to Earth. She didn't warn him, however, that this very riddle would also lead him into the most bizzare adventures imaginable - and that he would soon find himself contending with ogres, bandits, talking trees, and the dark minions of the Shadowlord himself.
©2011 Carol L. Dennis (P)2011 John Betancourt