Conquering a Dead Man, by Charles Matthias

Story name: Conquering a Dead Man
Author: Charles Matthias

Date: late May, 706 CR
Location: Metamor Keep

Overview

Father Hough works through his trauma of Loriod.

Summary

Hough has not seen Charles since before his change. When Kimberly arrives with a basket of food and asks if he would like to see Charles, Hough has an anxiety attack. His mind flashes back to Loriod whenever he hears a man come near. Despite his fear, he allows Charles to enter.

He cowers and cries when Charles appears, despite him being a friend. Charles sits on one side of the bed and gently talks to him, but is unable to help him directly, but Hough asks him to stay. Slowly, he walks from one side of the bed to the other, fighting against the image of Loriod. Trembling, he embraces Charles and holds him for a long time. He breaks away, thanks Charles, and asks if they could go for a walk outside together. Kimberly picks up her basket of food, while Charles points out Hough's boots are untied.

Characters

Main characters:

  • Father Hough: A priest from Ellcaran, recently cursed to be an age regress. He is stuck at 10 years of age, unable to get older but refusing to get younger. He feels the constant urge to play, and his boot laces are somehow always becoming undone.
    • Although Hough suspects he won't die of old age, he does not know for sure.

Supporting characters:

Important mention:

  • Loriod: The deceased lord who imprisoned, tortured, and raped Hough during his change. Hough is still traumatized by the image.
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