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The Beast Steps Into The Old Man's Cabin
Drawing - Inks, Markers, Color Pencils
This is one of 195 illustrations found in the first book of the adventure/fantasy series titled "The Vine Of Hours". I am the author/illustrator. The Beast has responded to a communication from the old man. This is not an every day occurance. Though good comrades in arms, and perhaps even friends, they have not communicated for some time. The old fellow, actually a learned alchemist and teacher who some say is more of a troublemaking sorcerer than a benefactor, does not request a meeting unless it is a matter of consequence. The Beast has known him a very long time and over the years, through sharing more than one life threatening but important excursion, has come to trust him,and call him friend. After these difficult adventures together they came to recognize and think of each other as like minded beings, and a comeraderie developed between them. Now, when the old man calls, the Beast responds. It has just been a very long time since he has called upon him. There is no other reason for them to meet, Neither of them socialize, as a matter of course, with anyone. When the Beast arrives at the old boy's cabin, things just don't look right, so he hangs back behind a giant first growth Elm tree and observes for a while. He patiently listens with his heightened hearing and sniffs the breezes for scents. All he hears is bird song, bugs buzzing, and the wind through the trees. Not detecting anything of concern other than the fact that the old man is not answering his hails, the Beast steps forward to investigate. He knocks on the cabin door. No answer. He opens it and crosses over the threshold looking in carefully but it is pitch dark. Just as his cat eyes almost instantly begin to adjust to the dark he is surprised to find...
August 1st, 2011
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