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The kingdom of ash.

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The kingdom of ash Chapter 1 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. ...read more.


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. 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." ...read more.


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 ...read more.

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