Doorway to Scorn

A fantasy by Dimitrius Jones

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Many in the world of Austyria dream of becoming heroes, gaining classes like Mage, Knight, and Beastmaster. With the power granted to them by the powerful Alrelics, they can level up and accomplish extraordinary feats.

The citizens of Hollo village long for a hero to save them from the malevolent Gate, which disfigures all who see or try to enter it. Lex dreams of becoming a Soldier and leaving his cursed village with his friends, Bibi and Ariel, but his class designation ceremony devolves into absolute disaster. Within days, he’s forced to embark on a journey that will change his destiny forever.

To save his friends, Lex must uncover the mysteries of this mysterious doorway, while keeping his scornful heart in check before it consumes him utterly.

Excerpt

Oedorius notices the commotion and stalks towards us, the other guards following closely behind him. Soon, he reaches us, and Ariel’s soft whimpers have become loud, wailing sobs. Oedorius calmly stops and stares down at her, and I’m certain I see a glint of amusement in his eyes.

“You are Ariel Branderford?” he asks.

“You’re not taking her.”

I blink, and Lex is between Ariel and Oedorius, his arms spread out to bar his approach. I position myself in front of Ariel, still crouched on the floor, and Oedorius sighs before sheathing his sword. He considers us for a moment before glancing back at one of the guards.

“Kent. Be quick.”

“Those who would defy the hands of time, be hidden from its eternal grasp. Hold!”

My body shivers as I leap to my feet. No! Not that spell! I race towards its source, hoping I can at least knock the spellcaster off balance so it won’t have a chance to be fully cast. As I near Oedorius, time begins to slow, and it feels like I’m trying to run underwater. I frantically try to shake myself in order to move faster, but it’s too late.

I become frozen in mid-air, everything around me moving as it should. Lex stands beside me still as stone, his hand stretched out as if to block the spell from hitting him. Maybe he meant to say something, but neither of us can say anything now.

Oedorius bends down and shakes Ariel’s shoulder. “Get up, girl. You’ve caused more than enough trouble. You will come with us, or we will kill you now.”


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An Interview with Dimitrius Jones

-What inspired you to become a writer?

My earliest memory of any kind of storytelling usually involves playing with my toys in my room. Even back then, I was always coming up with plotlines for my action figures and pretending to act them out. This eventually translated into me writing original stories as I got older, but I’ve always had a desire to create new worlds with unique characters and stories.


-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

I’d hopefully land in Ban, the capital of Eorum, so I could take in its rich culture and history. It’s a very mysterious place with magical reserves that put the country at odds with other nations frequently. I’d mostly just wander about and sightsee, but I’d love to see if I could make it to the shrine of the Phoenix, though I’m certain I wouldn’t be allowed that far as an outsider.


-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

He reveals he’s just as afraid as the others about the future. He simply works to come across as well-put-together to keep everyone level-headed. Truthfully, he doesn’t have a foolproof plan. All of his hopes rest on him getting a class designation and leaving his village. If he can’t do that, there may be no hope.


-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I’d go out with Yunis. You don’t get to spend very much time with Yunis in this first installment, but I feel like we’d have a lot of fun. I enjoy the company of people who know when to not take themselves too seriously, something Lex can learn a lot from. Plus I’m certain Yunis has many drunken stories to share, which is always a plus!


-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

I offer to buy the dwarf a drink instead. If it’s one of the dwarves that live in Austyria, the duel is probably a result of a miscommunication. Dwarves have a very thick accent, and many have trouble understanding anything they say.

However, ale is a universal language in most places, so I’d try a peace offering first. If that doesn’t work, I’ll do what I have to, but the dwarf will quickly learn I don’t fight fair.


-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I’d have to say manga, even though I adore the medium and anime. I simply don’t have the drawing gift, so my panels would like kindergarten doodles (maybe a more advanced version, but kindergarten nonetheless). Of course, if I was only in charge of the story itself, I think I’d be fine.

About Dimitrius Jones

Dimitrius Jones was born and raised in West Texas, much to his eternal annoyance. Despite this, he first picked up the pen at the tender age of six. His first masterpiece was a page-turner was about dolphins that used eye lasers to kill a hurricane. From there, his life took a few twists and turns, but he always found his way back to his trusty notepad.

His next few projects include a self-help book for those who suffer from low self-esteem as well as a full-length fantasy/romance novel to be released sometime in the future. Dimitrius has always, perhaps unsurprisingly, been inspired by the mystery, tragedy, and wonder of fairy tales.

His goal in life is to constantly inspire, amuse, and shed light into the corners of life we didn\’t know were right in front of us.


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