The Three Pillars - Shorts & History

All Rights Reserved ©


The young witch apprentice, Wren, longs for adventure. Stumbling upon an old circle of stones at the base of the mountains near her village, Wren finally gets to begin the adventure she always wanted - even if it's only a trip with her best friend to go find out the meaning of the carvings on the stones. The trip, however, is plagued with earthquakes and tales of ferocious dragons waking from hundreds of years of slumber in distant lands. When the mountain begins to whisper her name, Wren cannot help herself but to go to that mysterious voice, and whatever it holds for her.

Fantasy / Romance
Age Rating:


The sun was still climbing its lazy way up from the far horizon, as old witch Wyrdham picked her way through the forest as best as she was able. She was still quite a spry woman for her age, and felt that the fresh air and song of the birds in the trees helped her health a great deal. She was out hunting for natural ingredients, things to use in potions and poultices that she could take back to her village, Valence. She was their witch, after all. It was her job to help the villagers when they were ill, to conjure up potions that could help with the harvests, or to do with the local livestock.

Valence sat nestled between the spine of Ilara, the Sikan Mountain range, and the vast northern moors and swamps. Its location meant that it was a prime spot for all sorts of plant-life that were useful for witchery, and the healing magics associated with the craft; and, it being Midsommer meant that the old crone had plenty to gather and fill her basket with. Mushrooms and mosses, berries of all sorts, fresh herbs and flowers and various bark strippings. Waters from the various streams that trickled down from the mountains were especially useful in medicines, as well as for drinking. The forest near Valence was not all that thick, though it did grow more dense the further west one travelled, so it was not all too difficult for the old woman to traverse.

Her basket was already laden with a myriad of forest treasures when she had heard a sound that was not quite fitting for the forest. At first she brushed it away as the yelping of a fox, one tangled with a wolf or having gotten caught in a trap of some sort. As she ventured onward the old witch could no longer deny that the cries she was hearing were not from a fox, but from what sounded like a small babe in distress. Letting the sounds of those wails guide her, Old Granny Wyrdham clambored over root and stone as best as she was able. By and by, she hobbled up to an old tree that was hollow, and as knotted with age as she was. Nestled within the roots and old leaves was a small, wriggling bundle - the obvious source of the wailing that had echoed through the wood. Scooping up the swaddled infant, Granny Wyrdham cradled the babe in an attempt to help warm it - for no doubt the child was cold. Even in the height of summer, the nights in the forest, so close to the mountains, could cause anyone to catch a chill.

Small, pale, and and quite hungry, the infant would not quiet itself. Having spent many, many years as a mid-wife, Granny Wyrdham was able to soothe the child - if only for a short while - by giving it a bit of dandelion. Abandoned, or so she thought, likely because the parents were either unable, or unwilling, to tend to it. What had struck the old witch was that no one in Valence could have birthed the young thing - not without her knowledge, at least. The youngest child in Valence was but a year old, though she knew that the village head and his wife were trying for a child as well. There was no way that anyone in Valence could have had this particular child in secret. Not to mention wandering the whole way out into the wood to leave it as some sort of offering to the forest, or to die. No doubt the child had already been here for far too long. So it was that Granny Wyrdham gathered up her basket and made the slow trek back to her cottage at the edge of the village of Valence.

Once home, she bathed the babe and warmed some milk to feed the child with. The brewmaster’s wife would be able to assist with feeding the child in future, so that was where Old Wyrdham planned to head next. Bundling the now slumbering child against her bosom, Granny made her way to the Brewery to find Mrs. Branholm and to intrude upon her hospitality a while.

Old Emmaline Wyrdham had never had any children of her own, and she had been quite content to keep it that way. She was far too busy with her work, tending to the villagers and their families and farms. She knew, though, that there would be hardly a soul in the village who might be willing to take in the wayward babe. Even if she asked those who were seeking to have children of their own, taking in a strange child was far too dangerous.

After spending the evening with the Brewmaster’s family, Granny Wyrdham knew that she would have to be the one to raise the young girl. With nothing else that she could teach the child, Wyrdham would train her as a witch as was her trade. Wyrdham dubbed the child Wren, because the babe was small and noisy - exactly like the little songbird.

Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Supastef: Ok so far, boss is a bit slimy though,coming on strong too early, almost assault

Sophie: The story so far has been mostly well written, the plot hasn’t been left with any gapping plot holes and I am patiently waiting the next update

LynnMarie Lupe-Martini: Love this story is there another part to it

dionnan01: Can not wait for this story to go on. I have read one book till now (Trapping Quincy)and I will read everything you write.I can find everything in your novels, I laughed, I couldn’t let the i-pad down till I finished the story. I am addicted to your way of writing, never stop!

Soni: Okay I like every characters in this story love d way u describe the whole wedding process Anabiya is such a cute little spoil girl I like her bt Mushtafaa is no joke and love making description is good 👌 I like it 💜 and ur story line is good too pls keep going 🤞And I m going to reaur story "Nev...

Edna Garza: So good couldn’t stop reading

Mary Ann Rogers: Loved it 🥰I’m still crying.

Timothy: I liked everything about this book.the twist turns and romance..I'll recommend this to my wife

More Recommendations

britg92915: What an amazing story

Lissy: I love this book. Once again I can't wait to read the next one

Lissy: I do hope Shar isn't in trouble. I do love this series. I'm going to find my next book

Lissy: This book was amazing. I love the characters you are adding, and of course the originals as well. I am so glad I started on completed books because I would have went crazy waiting by now

thenortons464: Am loving this book.Please send through next chapters.On the edge of my chair!

Lee H: The entire series was fantastic. Loved how the characters were lined up for each story creating an a phenomenal flow of the characters in the series. Congratulations 💯❤️🤍❤️🤍🌶️🔥🌶️🔥🤍💦🤍💦🤍💦

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.