Below is a short excerpt from my new book, 'Only the Sky is Forever'. It's the opening prolouge which provides the foundational story for the book's universe. 'Only the Sky is Forever' comes out this week exclusively on Amazon.
The Making of the World
The Maker created our
world and the two that came before it.
In the world before ours,
the people of the land were powerful and blessed by the hands that
made them. They lived well off the land. There was game to hunt in
the forests, water to drink in the streams, corn to harvest in the
But the people of the
land grew greedy, proud and took much more than they needed. The
animals and other creatures began to suffer and starve.
Seeking to rebuke them
for their trespasses, the Maker appeared to the people of the land
and gave them a warning.
'Take only what you
need,” the Maker said. “Do not abuse the other creatures or each
other and I shall promise to one day give you all my power and
wisdom. Become greedy again, and I shall sweep you away and make a
new people in your place.”
The people of the land
consented to their Maker's offer, promising not to take as much as
they had before.
Yet within a short time
the people turned their backs on their promise, slaughtering all the
animals, cutting the trees and spoiling the soil.
Enraged and saddened, the
Maker took vengeance. From the Maker's shed tears Unktehi the horned
water serpent of deconstruction was born. She covered the land in a
flood, drowning the people.
When all were gone and
the lands submerged, the Maker looked over the waters with the Sun
above them. Playing four songs on a medicine lute, the Maker created
a new world, the one we know today.
The first song, caused
the earth to rise from beneath the waters
The second song, caused
the mountains, trees and animals to rise from the earth.
The third song, brought
forth the new people, other walking and speaking beings and those
great spirits that are both human and animal.
The fourth song, removed
the heart of Unktehi from her body which caused the great snake to
fall into the lake on the top of Serpent Mountain where her body
remains to this day.
The Maker hid Unktehi's
heart, that the serpent could not return. To this day, the Maker
keeps the new watch over the world and all those who inhabit it.