by T.R. North
“Toward the Banner of the King” is a Pseudopod original.
T.R. NORTH was born and raised in Florida and has never been featured in a “News of the Weird” column run in another state. Other works of short fiction can be found in the Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Metaphorosis, and Phantaxis. Follow on twitter @northonthegulf or their blog northonthegulf.wordpress.com for updates.
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In times past I often dreamt I was driving a carriage through the deserted streets of an alien city. In spite of the strangeness of the city, it seemed utterly familiar to me; in spite of the utter waste it presented, whenever I paused, passengers would appear and alight.
They were all masked, as was I. Communication between us was unnecessary, as there was only one fit destination in the whole of the city. They were dressed in fine clothing, but it had the air of costume, and I could find nothing of their true condition in it.
No matter how many passengers I took on, the carriage never filled.
No matter how long I drove, we never drew so close as to see the crest on the yellow banners adorning the distant towers.