AA4 CTW1 – The Protector And The Conduit

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And now, cracking the world Episode One, the protector and the conduit. One American exile. Jay Sean Grogan was a little boy raised in New Orleans. His parents had a hard time keeping up with him. Every night they drink themselves green. They were never abusive to Jay Sean, but he had to fight for his life. At school, at the corner and in between his young days were full of strife. One day, Jay Sean had had enough. It was time for him to break free. So at 16 he stowed away on a ship and to Ireland he did flee. Is Graham wrote him letters from her home there. So to Bally Shannon he’d go, he’d seek a new life on the Emerald Isle. And his gramme he finally No. He found his gramme without a problem. She took care and pulled some strings. She got him Irish citizenship, among many other things. Those six years with her were loving and carefree. Until one day, she died. peacefully, she drifted off in her sleep. But before she’d slept, she tried to write Jay Sean about something important, but it looked like gibberish. symbols and letters all jumbled up. Was one of them a fish? J Shawn inherited the house and put the message away. He always thought his grandma a little crazy. But he find out one day. Exactly how sane Oh, Grandma was the clock of time ticked by. And this is where our story truly begins. In the middle of July, to bumping into Destiny. The streets of Bally Shannon hummed in the middle of afternoon. light drizzle served to paint the town and a thin but substantial gloom. J Shawn walked hands in pockets feeling alone and lost. But that was certainly nothing new. His life had quite a cost. But just as Jay Sean began to despair, Destiny hit him hard. A petite young woman running full bore slammed into him and both were jarred. Both took a moment to collect themselves and Jay Sean saw her face the palest countenance he’d ever seen. She was a creature of grace, or platinum blond hair was almost white, and the only colour to be seen was her by coloured eyes a smiling one orange, the other green URI. Why are you running? He was answered before he knew. A man in a suit stepped around a corner continuing to pursue. He pulled a gun from his coat and pointed out the girl J Shawn took the pale girls hand and into the crowd. They world. Three protector shots were fired into the air making the crowd scatter quick. Jay Sean pulled her through an alleyway that with people was less thick. They rounded a bend and came to his house. He fumbled around for his keys. He unlocked the door then they stepped inside. Would you tell me please Why is Agent Smith there and why is he mad at you? What in God’s green earth and Sam Hill did you do? Right is to bring me here Did you pick that lock? What? Jay Sean said his confidence rocked. What are you talking about? Are you metal is something? Why in the world was that man coming at you like that with a gun in hand?

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You have her eyes. Do you know the plan? Do I sound like I know some secret plan? And who is he?

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Do you mean my Graham? Just then the lock on the door was shot. And the gunman kicked right in. Jay Sean disarmed the man in a second twisting his wrist breaking the limb. He slammed him down on the ground and got on top with his forearm. He choked the gunmen out. He rose and took the gun in hand. You better tell me right now. Who are you girl and what is this plan, J Shan began to tie up the gunman who’d been chasing her. She looked frightened and worried and struck with awe but definitely sure that she could trust Shawn with her life. He just saved her right here. She took a deep breath to calm her nerves and silence any lingering fear was your grandmother Lydia Grogan? What are you doing there? Jay Sean had picked up his phone to call the police to get them there.

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I’m calling the fuzz. What’s it look like? Oh, please don’t call them now. Girl, you must be hella insane. You think I’m going to stop now.

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The woman grabbed the phone from his hand and slammed it on the receiver then spoke fast and trembling spilling out words almost like she had a fever. My name is Zoey Willis around here anyway. But my real name is Iona Ashlynn. And you saved me this day. I knew your grandmother from years ago. She was my last protector. Now I’m alone, though. Are you her blood? Or were you adopted? I guess it doesn’t much matter. The job of the protector is so simple. Are you done with your chatter? Zoe, is it you know my gramme? Yes, she was wonderful to me. She knew our fight to keep other world in this world strong and free from the ripples of the event that caused the rift in time. Well, whoa dimensional girl, I think he lost your mind. I’m calling the cops whether you like it or not, you can stay or get out. But don’t think I’m trying anything funny. I ain’t afraid to choke you out. Zoey frowned. Arise pleaded with him. But she got up and ran. She sprinted past the broken door into the streets of Valley Shannon. Chapter Four, research time and assure he just busted in by himself. No one else was involved. I told you seven times officer, I don’t care if it can’t be solved. No one else was here. When he shot my lock. I fought him I won is that such a big shock. The cop found moved along not daring to ask any more of the grandson of that crazy old woman who lived at the address to have for the cops left and Jay was finally alone with himself and with his thoughts. So he turned to Google for the answers he sought. He found a lot of crazy speculation on the albino girl with two different coloured eyes that had just rocked his world. But only one result was local. And it came from a blog from a local bookstore. That was only a 15 minute jog. Jay Sean shut his computer down and left his home without a lock. A set out for Deok Polish just around the block. Five Patty halat de Polish was a small storefront Jay Sean had passed before. It was a hole in the wall just down the street. And very obviously a bookstore. The dark green paint hid something inside and on Jays mind it played head wars. But he pressed on and went inside and it smelled very musty. The books on the shelves were mostly very old, dingy, faded and dusty. Then he navigated the labyrinth of bookshelves to the front counter in the back, which sat next to a cage for ancient books and other valuables to be kept. A little woman about 30 years old, with a brunette braid popped out. Almost like a meerkat from his den and she greeted him with a shout. Welcome to Dr. caliche. Can I help you today? kind sir. Looking for anything in particular? Are you not yet sure. She pushed her glasses up on her nose and smiled at him professionally? Yeah, I want to know what you think about our resident albino chick. I saw your blog post on your website. And there you kind of lay it on thick. Something about a crazy event 1000s of years ago. Oh, you’re

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half right.

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The precipitous event took place around 1100 though. She went about her business putting more books on shelves. Jay Sean followed us she explained this world has been through hell with the other world connections slowly spiralling completely out of control. See you lost me that again. Their sister Yeah, around quite a role. She saw But smiled once again and held out her hand to him. Pleased to meet you, sir. My name is Patti halat. And all I’m telling you isn’t the whim. I never said I thought it was. There’s something weird about that girl. So you’ve met her before? What was she like? I hear she’s as pale as apparel. She is interested in say the least. So what was this event? Basically a legend that simply states something cosmic is happening at present, and has been happening since the 1100s. Were another dimension and ours collided. And now the two are unravelling fast and you’re not listening. She chided. Mostly because I’m looking at that monster staring at me from outside Patti’s eyes widened desert door flung open, and Jay Sean ran to hide. A werewolf like creature about seven feet tall barreled in right at Patty. Patty stood her ground was surprising confidence and said as a goodbye lady calm the sister will take care of you. And when it got there, she sidestepped it. It landed in the ancient books cage and she very quickly locked it. The monster thrashed inside the cage, angrily snarling and trouncing about Patty put her hands on her hips.

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Stupid man. Now I’m out. She turned her attention to Jay Sean, who sat staring at the beast. Come on, buy a drink. It’s the very least that I can do after a site like this.

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My brother can be quite the pain sometimes. I need a painter to to relax me bones. And you look like you need to unwind. There’s no uncoming in this store while TED is in his fog. Come on, man. Have a drink with me down at the handsome hog. Six, the tale of Ted halat. darkness was upon Valley Shannon. It was too hot to work in the day. And so at the ruins of colour Hills Castle, they worked the night away. The archaeologists were led by native Theodore Hallett the fifth, his father’s worked on the same site. It secrets they tried to lift sir. A grunt call as he put his shovel down. I think he found the entrance to the king’s crown. That passage by name was legendary. Very few thought it was real. Ted hopped down into the pit to get a better feel. Sure, as sure a single file tunnel marked with engravings and art had been on Earth by his new grant member. The one who was named Bart get a team together to Johnny. We are going in can we wait for tomorrow Teddy? Oh, whatever. There’s a B C’s within. We’re going down. And that is that? This is an amazing find. They say kingstar the treasures in here. Let’s see what kind of Canes into the darkness they crept along with the cold wind rattled their bones, everyone but Ted looked freaked out. The tunnels seemed to drone Johnny Sanger laid over there. Johnny didn’t respond. I think he went to get some supplies. I hope that you’re not wrong. They continue to further and heard something sniff What’s wrong Connor is smelling something. No, but something is. Where’s Connor? Where do you go? Probably to the fridge. I heard his tummy rumbling a little bit ago. Bart suddenly cried out an alarm and Ted was all that was left show. A low and primal growl emanated from the hall and forward lope the two legged hound Ted pressed against the wall. Its four limbs were shaped like a man’s butt clawed like a rabid dog. He had no doubt this was a werewolf. And to his death he had slogged there was a shining pendant of stone around the beasts broad neck, take grabbed it and jerk with all his might trying to choke it to death. But the pendant broke free and hit the wall. The stone was shattered there. The werewolf instantly turned to gold treasures. And Ted just couldn’t leave it there. He grabbed the necklace to confirm all was real, and he ran out of that tomb. But as he ran in the moonlight, he felt a sudden gloom. He limped right over to their tents, and saw Bart’s mirror there. He jumped in roared at the image he saw a werewolf holding it stare. He backed away as did the wolf and he suddenly realised he was now a werewolf too,

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and he howled into the sky. Oh, oh seven more than can be imagined Patti hell it sat with Jay Sean. His jaw dropped open and shock. Patty Hallett shoved down her beer and then wiped some bone from

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her smock. My brother changes back and forth, not knowing when it will happen. But sure enough, he is the werewolf of this town Ballyshannon. That’s insane. I’m not sure I believe it. Even though I saw it myself. Paddy leaned into the tables low light. Amina, there is an oath. She pointed to a short bartender. Jay, Sean looked puzzled, the more What the heck are you saying now? To wake you up and see what sure there are more creatures here about in this world than anyone knows. These secrets aren’t very well kept. You just have to look past your nose. There are giants and fairies and sprites and more. But no one would just look out their front door. People love to be ignorant of the wonder of this world. They say fairy tales are hogwash, men for boys and girls. But how do you know the truth? And the truth is this. The world is more wondrous than you thought could exist. Kameena the alleged elf came over and refilled Patty’s mug of beer. With a broom both frothy and chilled. Kameena looked like a tiny woman around the age of 22. She wore a baggy knitted hat and patterns of red and blue. Her hair and hat would have covered her ears. If pointed they really were and Camino didn’t look very pleased with the things Patty had conferred. Good and help but overhearing you’re telling this one my secret? Tell me why I shouldn’t slit your throat miss pretty Patty halat. Jay Sean grabbed a steak knife and slit it into his sleeve. Camino put a hand on his wrist and said to him, honey, please. If I wanted to kill either of you, I’d have done it by now. communic comes from a warrior tribe. This conversation I’ll allow as long as you let me tell my own tale. Patty has a way of lying overdramatizing the facts to fantasy for anyone who’s inquiring. Paddy went to protests. But Jay Sean gave her a look. And Kameena sat down or time she took. I was part of the protector clan out in other world. I protected the conduits who kept the link connected between there and our little world. I had it all fortune and fame and a fiance that was mine. To one day I was framed for his murder. I was stuck with the crime. Unlike your world here where things are black and white. I was sentenced on a middle ground where they said there was not enough light to see what could have been found. So neither guilty nor innocent. I was banished Earth instead to live out the rest of my immortal days and nothing but sadness and dread. Patty put a hand on her shoulder. And Jay Sean felt pangs to the story Kameena told brought sympathy for the little elf who was so blue. She pulled the corner of her hat up to show Jay Sean it was true. Her ear was long and pointed underneath. This changed all that he knew. So you were a protector to two he says Patti dia. I haven’t heard of a protector in these pots for over 100 years. He is one yeah was the Mark. Jay Sean looked confused. And I believe the last conduit isn’t Ballyshannon. He is less than enthused. Well, we’ve got to show him his path then don’t we? You too are crazy for reals. JSON got up to leave the table without even paying for his short meal. Eight warewolf on the loose. A when J Shawn got to the front door. He looked out and saw a sight. A snarling hairy Wolf Man beast making everyone run and fright. Patty came running. Ted got out. We have to capture him now before he hurts anyone else or hurts himself somehow. Patti looked pleadingly at Kameena who now looked very annoyed. More help cleaning up your mess. I am overjoyed. The elf took off her apron. To me a debt you owe. Just give me a second to get my arm on my quiver and my bow to Mina scampered off, and Patty looked concerned. She looked up to Jay Sean who looked petrified if there’s one thing you must have learned from your grandma is to step up and assist. I need your help now protector J Shawn. Things might be out there bleakest.

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Paddy pointed and Jay Sean looked, and he saw Zoey Wallace being attacked. She had climbed up to an awning above a shop. But the werewolf would not move back. If she is killed this world will collapse and beauty will be forever gone. Please help us protect our Grogan, sir, please help us brave Jay. Sean. Look, just stop it. You’re so dramatic. I’ll help save whoever I can. We’re waiting for community to get back. She’s the one with the plan. She’s also got some arrows too. If she wasn’t just talking in metaphor, just chill with me. He hasn’t seen us just chill for a few minutes more. Nine to catch a werewolf. Patty grabbed a cricket bat. From off the wall at the pub. Jay Sean grabbed himself one two to use as a sort of club. The werewolf man was almost upon her. So we trembled and backed away. Now there was no time to wait for Gumina they had to fight this day. Jay Sean said a little prayer. Then they dashed out at the beast, potty swung at the bee’s knees and took him off his feet. So he screamed and turned and ran. The Beast caught J Sean’s bat. He splintered it within his grip and roared on top of that. Jay, Sean and Patty took a step or two back, but Patty barked in his face. Back down Ted, I know you’re in there. Get back to the safe place. Ted’s roar turned to a guttural growl and Patty pushed forward toward him. Head. I’m not letting you do this. Do you hear me again within. Ted backed up into a corner is where we’ll form unsure. Patty reached out to touch him but he swatted at her more. Then from a top nearby wall in the alley they had led him to they heard a song and Gaelic song by a voice that was solemn and blue. Jay Sean looked up and saw Zoe oars Iona as she said her name was she was singing to the Beast Below, and he whined and raked his claws against the brick of the wall that separated him from his pale white prey. But Ted Hallett and where will form would not get her this day. An arrow from caminos bow flew down the alley and hit Ted’s backside and penetrated deep and the Beast began to quit. Ted turned back into a man naked in that alleyway. Patty pulled the arrow right out. Are you sure that’s the way he still has healing powers going up to an hour after he’s changed. If I left that arrow in his rare his seat he needs that rearrange, and still doesn’t really explain how he fell asleep like that. Gumina came down the alleyway swaggering like a cat. You share waited long enough. I had to find my bow. It’s very seldom I get to use it now. Come on, pick them up and let’s go. I don’t like this guy’s What if it sleepiness is a trick. It isn’t numbskull. I did it. The secrets in my spit. Say what? Jay, Sean exclaimed in shock. Are you telling me you got venom? It won’t kill you, but it’ll make you sleep. We need to get him some denim. Jay Sean turned and looked up the wall. So he was still standing there. She smiled and quietly stared at the mall or gratitude expressed with a glare. Why don’t you come down and join us so maybe it’s time you had some fun? I’ll treat you to a pint of paint. Let me show you how it’s done. They all laughed and Zoey climbed down the wall, and they all went to get Ted’s clothes. Soon enough, they ended up at the handsome hog to celebrate and drown their woes. 10 the protectors reform. When all was said, and all was done, they sat together. Their battle was won. paddy field Ted in as much as she could. Then Zoe told stories of evil and good. She told them of the event that was set off in time and how Earth and other world continue to unwind. She told them the conduits who bound them together. And the ancient plan for how Jay Sean thought she was clever. Then she told them all about her woes and of her mirth to be the last living conduit on the planet

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Earth. At this revelation, the table went silent with dread. Are you saying without you we’d all be dead. Not quite dead, but you’d be lifeless. This world continues to slow or wondrous and fantastic activity that allows this world to grow. If its bond with other roles, the severed for a moment of beauty and joy would cease to exist. And a similar fate would be reckoned the people of other world may be more like abstract thoughts floating around with no concrete form. I guess you can connect the dots in it help right away. And we’ll be there for you. I say we make Jay Sean the leader, all who think that’s cool. What? Everyone raise their hand in a moment. Jay, Sean looked around inside. This isn’t something I should be scared of the fact that take some pride, were the last protectors on earth. What protect is only to the death. I’ve accepted that this is the reason why God gave me breath. And so the conduit had her protectors, but safe would she always be? There is many thing in Valley Shannon. Suppose we’ll continue on and see. Thank you all for listening to this episode of crack in the world. Episode two will be the child of heart. You can find out more by going to Joshua David lang.com. Thank you all so much, and look forward to hearing from you next time.