{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
AJCulpepper would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Weaving of the Web

By AJCulpepper All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Fantasy

A Thief in the Night

The royal vault was buried deep within the stronghold behind several fortified layers of walls, towers and guards. The inner keep was the single most securely defensible place in all of Caer Ddraig, designed to withstand the bombardment of a thousand soldiers.

Getting in was easy for the solitary EarthFolk. Drawing the gentle embrace of the earth around her, she took care to remain calm and unhurried. Without any purpose to her step, she drifted through the halls and winding stairs, always careful to keep to the shadowed gloom until she eventually came to heavily barred doors sealed with an arcane lock. That wasn’t as much a deterrent to the waterborne as the five guards standing between her and those doors. She could pass unnoticed to within a few feet of the men and be perfectly safe. They would, however, notice the doors being opened and that would inevitably draw their attention to her.

Lingering in the shadows at the far end of the hall, she watched and waited. Not a man moved. They conversed quietly amongst themselves, but otherwise were not distracted from their charge. It struck her as strange. She couldn’t understand the desire to protect coins and weapons as if they were more valuable than life itself, but it was something she’d seen often in many races. After a while, she accepted it as a strange quirk and left it at that. But contemplating the values held by the Rheyfelwr wasn’t going to help her get into the vault.

Her gaze roamed about the chamber. There was nothing but torches burning brightly along the walls. Then she heard it, the faint trickle of water far below the castle and a mischievous smile spread across her full lips. Built into the lowest level of the stronghold, the royal vault was almost directly above the underground water supply for the city.

Closing her eyes, Cara reached out to the water, she spoke to it and appealed to its playful nature. She drew it up through the earth, between the stones and into the castle. It started as a dampness across the polished floor. Then it became a thin layer of water that soaked into the plush carpets before turning into puddles. Startled, the guards watched as tiny, watery forms rose from the spreading pools. Giggling, they darted about leaving rivers behind as they danced up the stairs. The men drew their swords, stumbling over themselves in their surprise as they ran to pursue the strange little creatures.

She drifted back as they stormed past her, their boots squelching on the carpeted steps, then she turned her attention to the vault. Hurrying across the empty chamber, she inspected the arcane lock. Comprised of three inter-connected dials, each formed of three concentric rings, they were a random blend of black and white that seemed to make no sense whatsoever until Cara looked at the imagery around the dials. If turned in the right order, they would complete a picture. If turned in the wrong order, an alarm would undoubtedly be raised. Or worse, a trap would be triggered. Her hand hovering over the first dial, she took a deep breath and began to slowly turn the outermost ring. After a quarter rotation, she matched it with the picture surrounding it and moved on to the next inner ring of the dial.

She very soon finished the rest to complete the image, the Black Dragon of Arswyd rampant on a white field. There was a loud click and she jumped. The heavy bars across the door slid back with a reverberating slam. When nothing else happened, Cara hesitantly pushed on the polished wood. The door gave easily, silently swinging inward to reveal the largest accumulation of wealth and finely crafted items she'd ever seen in her life, everything from jewel encrusted goblets to finely made swords. Dazzled by the brightness, it took her a minute or two to remember what she’d come for. Having no time to lose, she ran into the vault, her gray eyes scanning every surface and hook for the sword. She found it resting atop a beautifully carved chest.

It was just as Morgan had described with a pommel in the shape of a snarling tiger’s head but what startled Cara was how identical it was to Iefan’s, right down to the words in Rheyfelwr tooled into the leather sheath. She briefly wondered if it was in fact the ambassador’s, then decided it didn’t matter. There was a time and a place for everything. Standing in the middle of the royal vault was not the time or place to be contemplating anything.

Snatching the sword, she ran out of the vault, closed it behind her and carefully returned each ring of the dials to their previous positions. The heavy bars slammed home and by the time the guards returned to their post after their wild goose chase, the EarthFolk was long gone.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, AJCulpepper
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

CookieMonster911: The story overall was an adventure that is appealing to any age. The way the characters develop adds a more human characteristic to the novel. The writing style itself is amazing because you can learn every character's thoughts and emotions. The awkward love triangle and jerk moments adds to the ...

maewilde25: I am so in love with this story!!! captivated me till the very end, there wasn't a dull moment. Didn't particularly enjoy the lay out and some bits of info was missing along with how a 21 year old man amassed so much wealth that needed to be explained other than that and a few spelling errors, th...

ynez2005: I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!!!Though you really need to make another book,more Princesses!!! Whoooo!!!Girl Power!!!Mabey it could even be Devona's BFF???That would make it even better!!!Plus can you pleeease make Akki come back,together with Thea and Authur amd the whole family is back!Other th...

Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...

Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...

littlebunnypoopoos: Omg this was so amazing! The ending was a little bad and predictable. But otherwise, I need a second book or I'll die :D The character development was excellent and the whole romance, action, and suspense was superb

ArgyrisMetaxas: Thrilling story which builds layer ontop of layer. A few mis spellings every few chapters. What I found special was that it took a modern day problem and took it to its logical conclusion and plays this realism with gritting precision. I'm always on edge ready to shout from adrenaline. This is gr...

kwilliams: I am an avid reader, and I do mean AVID and few indie authors capture my attention the way you have. I absolutely fell in love with these characters and their story. I'm usually not a fan of the cliff hanger endings (be it a series or not), but this one made me download the Kindle app just so I c...

makaylakay: I love love this story! It's written incredibly and well thought-out plot! I love how it's a different twist in fantasy fiction, other then the usual vampire or werewolves. Love the romantics and drawn to the two characters so much already! This book will draw you in within the first chapter and ...

More Recommendations

Erin Crowley: The concept here is really strong, but the execution is definitely lacking. Tenses, grammar, etc are all off, with at least one or more errors per 'Page' on my phone. The writing style is almost broken- sentences move into each other awkwardly, and are filled with an excess of "filler words", lik...

Satabda Chatterjee: Each and every charecter develops during the whole course of the journey and keeps secretly love for the princess . However the way that writter expressed each situatuons that the princess faced quite relevant and keeps the suspense always at the end of the chapter. . . .which makes the reader m...

Jhiane Rabang: The story was so interesting. I loved how the story has plot twists that I can't expect. IT IS VERY HARD TO FIND A BOOK LIKE THIS so I suggest you read this book and I will tell you that it is worth every single second while you read this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the story.

genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...

Alkira Joan: I omg I am honestly speechless I couldn't stop cry it's so sad I wish it had a better ending and they would all be happy and the end is their going to be a second book?thanks for the amaZing story xoxox

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.