Falling Sideways by Tom Holt

By Tom Holt

From the instant Homo Sapiens descended from the timber, most likely onto their heads, humanity has striven in the direction of civilization. hearth. The Wheel. working clear of bushy issues with extra enamel than one may perhaps quite expect-all are testomony to man's final supremacy. it's a noble tale and so, in fact, whole and utter fiction. For one guy has came upon the hideous fact: that humanity's ascent to civilization has been ruthlessly guided by way of a small gang of devious frogs. The man's identify is David Perkins, and his concept isn't, customarily, generally well-known, fairly now not by means of the frogs themselves, who had invested loads of effort and time in maintaining the whole lot quiet.

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Theodor shouted at the cur, thinking to scare the maddened beast. The shout didn’t frighten the mongrel. With lightning speed, the dog spun about, snapping and snarling at the would-be rescuers. 35 That was when things took a strange turn. In the dim starlight, Theodor could see the dog’s eyes glowing with a weird green luminance. The cur’s tan pelt was thin and rubbed raw, but Theodor could see things moving across it, like ripples in the river. It was with horror that the sergeant realised the effect of motion was caused by hundreds of wriggling worms burrowing up from beneath the dog’s skin.

It would take a different sort of man to root it out and bring it to ground. There was no pleasant way to do what Theodor knew he had to do next. When his men led away the little girl, they left behind her goatskin bag. Theodor walked over to it, upending it and spilling its contents of rubbish and rags into the street. He needed it to carry a different kind of garbage. Using the chair leg, Theodor poked and prodded the carcass of the dog until it rolled into the open bag. Tying the loathsome burden into a bundle, dragging it behind him, he made his way through the deserted streets.

That is far enough, grey seer,” a scornful voice wheezed from the darkness. Even this close, Thanquol could not see a shape upon any of the seats, nor pick out the chair from which the speaker spoke. The grey seer’s fur stood on end, knowing the eerie absence to be a display of Nightlord Sneek’s terrible skill. Through the fog of warpstone smoke, Thanquol could pick out other smells now. Faint, distant, but reeking of horror. He detected the faint tang of stagnant water and the thick musk of reptiles.

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