{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
SnowShadows would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Hand

By SnowShadows All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Fantasy

The Blade

“What's bothering you, Adept?”

That's Vicar. He's a Journeyman wizard just in from the road. His robes are thick and brown to keep the dirt of the roads at bay while he travels. He hasn't shaved or bathed since he arrived at the College, so his beard is still long and greasy along with his hair. He smells too.

“Just some personal issues, Journeyman. I'll work it out, I'm sure.” It's a lie, but it isn't something I want to discuss with this disgusting man. My own robes are dyed a simple green and I keep my hair cropped short and my beard cleanly shaved. I also bathe every day.

“Let me know if you change your mind.” He had a smile on his lips that didn't travel up the rest of his face. Someday, he'd figure out how to make his eyes smile at the same time and it would be much more difficult to spot his insincerity. Someday.

I nod and continue down the halls. I've enjoyed my time as an Adept at the Wizard College, but that's over now. Vicar's arrival was what I'd been waiting for these last seven months. Well, not Vicar specifically. Just a Journeyman who fit the bill: predatory, rough, and suspicious. Someone who just didn't quite fit.

I slip into the shadow of the corridor and the tingling sensation of transitioning into shadows runs over my skin. My movement is no longer restricted by things like weight and clothes. I flit under the door of the Arch Magus.

The Arch Magus is a kindly old man to the students of the college. But everyone is a villain to someone. Whatever he'd done wasn't my concern. This is my last job as a Blade. I will be one of the Hands and then it will be my concern. But not yet, not now.

Now I must simply put the athame into the Arch Magus' heart.

I'd just come from Vicar's room. The athame is his. It has his magic all over it. The transition to shadows is clean; it hasn't tainted anything with my own magic in years. Nor does it taint anything when I become solid again.

The athame slips between the man's ribs cleanly. His heart should stop immediately, a merciful death. He gasps and turns. This isn't right. He should be dead.

My free hand shoots out to cover his mouth. I pull the athame out and plunge it into his neck, just under his skull.

“I'm sorry. It should have been clean: a pinch, if anything, and that's it.” I whisper, because I want him to know.

The old man still had light in his eyes, but it was fading. He should have been dead already. I check the athame and realize it wasn't going in straight. I sigh.

“I'm sorry for botching this. I usually make things painless.”

I pull at the athame and drag it over bone. It resists, but I'm patient. It takes too long, but the old man goes limp. I pull the athame out and stick it into his neck at the correct angle just to be certain. It slides in with the correct amount of resistance. I leave it.

I become shadow again and flit to my room. It doesn't take long to reduce my robe and undergarments to ashes and scrub myself clean. I reduce the cleaning material to ashes as well before putting on a new robe and new undergarments.

No job is free of complications, but that was worse than most. I'll wait until they find the old man to announce that I'm leaving. I'll declare that I don't feel safe here anymore. I'll disappear on the road somewhere. And then I'll become one of the Hands that wields the Blade. And then I'll concern myself with why our targets die.

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

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

Kevin Brand: My overall rating: 4.8/5 starsLoved. Every. Second. Everytime I came back to continue reading I got this overwhelming feeling of getting hooked on the first sentence... Over and over and again!The only things that were missing for me include more descriptions on what happens when Reuben touches s...

Catherine Kopf: Wow! This was a really great story. I really enjoy reading fantasy, so it didn't take long for me to become invested in the book and its characters like Jacob. I really liked your writing style, and it seemed to flow very well. The descriptions that you used for your world were also created n...

izzymerchant: This book is truly special. The plot, the characters and the way the story flows is so engrossing and magical that I found it virtually impossible to put down. The character relationships were particularly fascinating and Melenthia's character was fascinating. Cannot wait to see what happens next!

Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...

Shweta Somwanshi: I just chose to read this out of nowhere and now I can't stop. Hats off to the author who made the reader swoon away with words so beautifully! I loved how I was able to imagine everything so explicitly because the writing was simple and easily comprehensive with a touch of complexity somewhere b...

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...

SPepper: I had a hard time putting this book down even to go to sleep. The story is compelling and beautifully character driven. I hope author will make this a series.

Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.

More Recommendations

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

Jason Phang: I'm pretty new to Inkitt (this is only my 4th book) and I must say I've been thoroughly impressed by the quality of the authors here. Remnants of Chaos is an excellently written book that hooks the reader, and doesn't let go. There are some grammatical and typographical errors, but nothing too se...

snowview03: This is the first book I have read on this app and I loved it! When I read the title I thought about the hunger games, but this novel is so much more. Some book have a comparison between other books that fallow like premises so i will do my own: Arena has the compellingly emotional stresses and t...

Alani Foreigner: I absolutely loved how you created this story. It isn't like the other cliché stories I've ever read. I had just started reading it yesterday and just had to finish it. The main characters are grotesquely awesome and I fell in love with them. If you're into fantasy and stuff I can guarantee that ...

NancyRichFoster: This second book of the Anmah Series was as awesome as the first story, I disagree with spare runner. The names were ordinary names with different spellings, which I for one loved. I am now going to read the third book in this amazingly awesome story!

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

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.