Caerleon Order Files: Misused Monster TermsWhen categorizing paranormal creatures, five terms tend to be misused the most: monster, lycanthrope, ghoul, undead, and zombie.Monster is used as an alternative for paranormal creature. This is something of a misnomer, but a common one; even Sir Differel Van Helsing has used it this way. Technically, a monster can include criminal or evil humans (such as a serial killer or villain), unusually large or aggressive animals (such as great white sharks, crocodiles, or big cats), or supernatural creatures. However, the Caerleon Order rarely involves itself in manhunts or hunting man-eaters (except for man-eating paranormal creatures), and the only supernatural creatures regularly encountered are Ghosts, which some analysts believe are paranormal rather than supernatural. As such, the term 'monster' is used almost exclusively to refer to a paranormal creature, a convention that is generally accepted as a convenience.Lycanthrope is the commonly used term for any kind of were-animal. However
Story: Forever Autumn - Chapter 2 Part 1Copyright (C) 2012 by Kevin L. O'BrienChapter Two"I hardened my heart, for fear of my ruin."Differel stood beside the lectern and watched the conference attendees file into the room and find seats in the gallery. It was constructed more like a university lecture hall, with the seats on high, steep tiers on three sides that turned the area around the lectern into a pit. Behind her, the fourth wall stretched up two whole stories to the ceiling, with an attached display screen that covered nearly two-thirds of its surface. The projector hung down from the middle of the ceiling, but for the moment it was shut off. She had a PowerPoint slide presentation prepared, but she hoped she wouldn't need to use it. Her intent was to make her lecture as short as possible. Technically, all she needed to do was give her conclusion; she doubted anyone would understand the analysis that led to it in any event. Even so, she would be curious to see if anyone would ask.She nodded to Steele as he took a
Story: Forever Autumn - Chapter 1Copyright (C) 2012 by Kevin L. O'BrienChapter One"The first time ever I saw your face..."Sir Differel stood off to one side of the reception room, sipping a glass of champagne, and watching the other members of the conference mingling before the banquet. She wasn't hiding; not exactly. She just felt out of place. They were virtually all men, minus a few exceptions, with a minimum age twice her own twenty-four years, and they were all peers. Technically she was too, but she merely had a life peerage; the rest were hereditary, with long family pedigrees. As well, it was bad enough that during the seminars they all gawked at her like she was a sideshow freak, but that evening she was convinced they were undressing her with their eyes.In all honesty, however, she really couldn't blame them. Hardly five years before she had been a gangly, androgynous teen; all arms, legs, waist, and neck. And while pretty, she hadn't been what most would call beautiful, particularly with her long, thin
Story: Forever Autumn - PrologueCopyright (C) 2012 by Kevin L. O'BrienProlog"My life will be forever Autumn, 'cause you're not here."Aelfraed drove the Rolls-Royce Phantom slowly along the cemetery lane while Sir Differel Van Helsing gazed out the window. She wasn't interested in the scenery; in fact she barely noticed it. It was just something on which to rest her eyes, and a distraction from her reason for being there. Cemeteries did not depress her, as they did most people. Perhaps it was because she spent so much time when younger in the family graveyard on the estate. Perhaps it was because she believed death was not the end, but only the beginning of eternity. Whatever the reason, she found them peaceful, perfectly conducive for meditation and reflection. She would have been content to walk from the entrance gate, except Aelfraed would have had kittens at the idea, and she didn't want him following her in the car like some harbinger of death. At least I'd be able to see him, she thought, not lik
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