Another Trio of Stories! This time all coming from the later Hedgegrove era when he was contemplating futility, death, and whether or not locking himself inside his house was a good idea. So lots of fun, cheery things.
First is the lost Shakespearean play “Maria Gil” about a a cursed ship and a test Neptune’s carrying out to see if humans have anything more than greed and shadow in their hearts. There are two possible endings, and our intrepid narrator also gets to let us know that this probably wouldn’t have been a Shakespearean play.
Next up we go back to Zard (after this we’re taking a long break from Zard) to meet the Beetle Lord of Death and his world of impossible math. Also, we meet a King who travels to Hell to bring back the soul of a woman whose statue he fell in love with.
Finally we end with a shorter story about a Military project in 2003 to create a Fear virus that would temporarily transform people into terrifying monsters, only to have them revert back to human form when killed so that terror would stop and everyone can get along. SPOILER ALERT: It doesn’t work.
I’m aware these stories are getting longer, and I’ve also realized that some of the earlier pieces are a bit removed from the narrative that’s started to form. Mostly right now, the plan is to finish off with these 26 entries, then go back and edit everything before looking into publishing. So… read now before they go into the Vvinni Vault, I suppose.