The kingdom of ash

I sat at the top of the scaffolding looking out at the bleak landscape and sighed. Almost every street had at least one burnt out shell of a house or a house on fire. I suppose I should have been happy as it meant more building work for me but I wasn’t. I was angry. Angry that books had been banned and angry that innocent people got there houses burnt down as a punishment for wanting to read. The pinkie red evening sky reminded me of fire.

Everything reminded me of fire these days. I went into the house I was working on and downstairs.It was another victim of the ‘firemen’, people employed by the rulers to burn down any houses found containing books. Everything in the house was black. I had a search around among the ruins searching for my treasure. I looked in a few cupboards and found nothing but blackened food cans.

I noticed a freezer tipped on its side. Like everything else it was a bit black and charred and I wondered if it would open. I pulled the door open carefully and easily and looked inside. YES! I found what I was looking for.Five leather bound black books were inside, stacked neatly on top of one another. I collected them up in my brown bag and hurried out of there.

On my way to Doris’ house I noticed everyone on the street was moving to the side and I knew what that meant. The shiny white highly polished surface of the ruler’s limo came into view and as it did I felt a sudden surge of hatred because these were the people who were responsible for the book ban. I had to bite my lip to stop myself shouting abuse at them and just hurried on.I was relieved when I finally reached the dental practise the Doris had been living above before it had been burnt down because she had a book on being a good dentist. I went in to the ash covered operating room and set to work straight away as I knew Doris wanted it done as soon as possible because she needed the money it brought in. I had been there earlier that day so I just picked up where I left off and was soon busy.

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I looked up and Doris was in the doorway watching me work.She let out a sigh. I know it looks bad now” I comfort her “but it will be as good as new, better in fact, when i’m finished. ” “Thanks I really appreciate this. I wouldn’t be able to live without my practise. I really need the money. ” After that I worked into the night and didn’t return home until the early hours of the next morning.

Chapter 2 The next morning I slept late. When I woke, I remembered I was meeting with Cecil and Lotty so I got dressed, grabbed my brown bag and hurried to the doctor’s surgery that Cecil owned.As soon as I walked past I was yanked into a back ally. The shadow of the ruler’s castle was making it dark and I thought I saw something moving but I just ignored it. Cecil and Michael were already there and Cecil was saying something about how the rulers need dealing with but I don’t really pay much attention as he is always going on about them.

I notice Lottys edgy look, as if she doesn’t really like what’s going on. “Cecil” I interrupted his ramblings, “I got a good haul yesterday. 5 books in one house, all unharmed by the fire” How come they weren’t burnt? ” he asks “Freezer, oldest trick in the book” I answer.”Lets see them then” Lotty demands. I get the books out and Cecil inspects them all, one by one “The city is uneasy today” lotty comments. “Yeah I noticed something odd on my way down here.

Its like everything got darker and no-one wants to stay outside” “Troubles a’ brewing. I can feel it in me old bones” Cecil says “something big’s gonna happen, and soon. Maybe we’ll even get our books back.

” He inspects one book in particular. “Poisons and potions, ay” he mutters