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Forever Winter

Forever Winter

By Mark Ryan
The Lady of the jars loves winter, she cherishes the snow. Which is why, using her magic, she makes it a perpetual snowscape in and around her little cottage in the woods. Others are less inclined to her wintery tastes, and with the arrival of the girl from Europa, forces converge on that little slice of powdered white in the forest; threatening to destroy the gift from the stars, and the lady of the jars for good.
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Part 30 - The Lady of Europa
Snug by the fire, with gingerbread and cakes waiting to be devoured; the children sit and wait for the lady of the jars and her wonderful tales of hope to begin. The end has come. Read the story here:
November 14, 2021
Part 29 - Partly sunny
With the world of Europa alight with celebration, the lady and the gentleman take stock on how far they have come, and where they will go to next. Meanwhile back on earth, spring is in the air. Read the story here:
October 24, 2021
Part 28 - Choices and change
The great correction begins on earth, rushing through the forest and spreading outwards. Ezra and Malthrop are blinded by both the light and the consequence. Meanwhile on Europa, the Lady of the jars and P'erl wrestle with the will of the gentleman of the boxes, imploring him to make the right choice for all. Read the story here:
October 10, 2021
Part 27 - Hall of giants
Whisked away to Europa, the troubles seem to be over, yet with Ezra and Malthrop confronting troubling weather on earth and the gentleman of the boxes fleeing off down the Europan tunnels, it doesn't seem to be blue skies just yet. Read the story here:
September 26, 2021
Part 26 - Bright white light
What is the white light, more snow? The future? The lady of the jars makes a decision to save them all, in her own demise. In this giving, it starts something she perhaps could not have even known. Or maybe she did. The stones offer yet more revelations.   Read the story here:
September 12, 2021
Part 25 - The Time yet to be
The Lights are bright, and the Mondol stones have began something which will bring about an end. Whose though is yet to be decided, with both positive and negative strands streaming into the stones. The Lady of the jars though enters the fold, unsure but defiant.  Read the story here:
August 29, 2021
Part 24 - Lights shine the way
Out in the air, the lady and Ezra follow their new friend back to the clearing where the two Mondol stones are emitting a brilliant display. There they see the work of the gentleman of the boxes, and though he has been subdued by the girl deep in the tunnels; his magic has a way of escaping still.  Read the story here:
August 15, 2021
Part 23 - Discoveries at the edge of chaos
P'erl descends into the tunnel to save her friends, coming face to face with what the gentleman of the boxes has been toiling away with. Meanwhile Ezra and The lady of the jars battle against the tide to escape the trappings of the tunnel. There are however more discoveries and hope lurking in the woods above. Read the story here:
August 01, 2021
Part 22 - Before the flood
P'erl goes in search for her friends who are currently trying to escape the underground maze the gentleman of the boxes has kept them in. In their own attempts to escape, they stumble across the other Mondol stone and find a way to bring it and them to the surface. All the while, the gentleman watches on.  Read the story here:
July 18, 2021
Part 21 - Treasures underground
Spirited away by the gentleman of the boxes, Ezra and the lady of the jars find themselves underground and trapped in a warren. While the girl of Europa returns to find they are missing, she is wise to the man's intent, and sets of to put a stop to him and find her friends. Read the story here:
July 04, 2021
Part 20 - Dropping of veils
The girl from Europa has vanished, and cracks in the Mondol stone does seem to show if things are good or bad for those left wondering. A little more magic is required to shed some light, but out of the darkness comes another threat. Read the story here:
May 23, 2021
Part 19 - In the blink of an eye
Finally, they make it to the Mondol stone, which looms before them by the edge of the valley. No sign says, 'do no touch', but perhaps it should for the girl from Europa could do anything but. Magic finds its own way. Read the story here: 
May 02, 2021
Part 18 - The Mouth of the dragon
The Group head on through the woods, being pursued by the Dimian and The Gentleman of the boxes. To throw them off their trail, a little display of magic is called for; with a roar from a belly of a beast.  Read the story here:
April 18, 2021
Between the jars - How to bottle weather
How to bottle weather - Instructions on magic Read the story here:
April 11, 2021
Part 17 - Something wicked
Dimian may not be evil, but they can be deadly. They consume those who posses magic, leaving them as husks in their wake. The clearing the group have stumbled into is a sign that the Dimian are very much activate, and beneath their very feet. The lady of the jars must do something to push back the flood while the girl from Europa must come to see that balance is fairness in the bigger picture. Read the story here:
March 28, 2021
Part 16 - Adventure with swiftness
Through the snow-covered woods they travel, heading towards the Mondol stone with heavy news in their hearts and dark creatures now at their heels. But something in these woods has changed, and it unnerves the lady of the jars who thought she knew the road well. Read the story here:
March 14, 2021
Part 15 - Travel
Why did P’erl, the girl from Europa, leave her planet? What forced her to travel across the stars to come down to that snow filled space on earth? Read the story here:
February 19, 2021
Part 14 - Chaos cracked
The Lady , the girl and Erza begin to get to know one another while they make plans to set out to the Mondol stone. But time is suddenly not on their side. Read the story here:
February 12, 2021
Part 13 - Fishing for light
Setting to work on what needed to be done, the Lady of the Jars moves into action. The kind heart of the girl form Europa yearns to help and be of service, but the Lady warns her of some people's intentions. They cannot do it all alone, so she calls on the help of an old friend, Ezra who resides nearby, very close in fact. Read the story here:
February 05, 2021
Part 12 - Sunshine and sadness
Flashing back to the past, the Lady of the jars shows why she choses the wintery weather over the dominant and demanding sunshine. As always with the past, some sadness resides there. Read the story here:
January 29, 2021
Part 11 - Origins with oranges
Inside the magic book, a most precious thing, the girl from Europa learns about the 'Imamiahi' and how she is known as one to those on earth. The Lady of the jars also learns her purpose, and why she has come here. Read the story here:
January 22, 2021
Part 10 - Watchers in the woods
It's old magic, and it slumbers for years. When awoken, it can cause such havoc. The girl from Europa is converted by many things it seems in this snow covered land. But the lady of the jars will help protect, with her own set of tools.  Read the story here:
January 15, 2021
Part 9 - Blueberry tart and tears
What is building around the cottage worries the lady of the jars, but she returns inside and to her visitor, leaning more about her and why she has come to earth, and how she can help her; over some cakes of course. Read the story here:
January 08, 2021
Part 8 - Knock three times
Who comes knocking at the door to the cottage that contains the new arrival. With different things beginning to stalk and surround, are those inside safe; will the magic hold out? Read the story here:
January 01, 2021
Part 7 - Recede to reason
With his knowledge of magic and the development of his own powers, the gentlemen of the boxes seeks a way to finally put a stop to the forever winter that he detests. And he hopes the new arrival will help in his venture. Read the story here:
December 25, 2020
Part 6 - The Gentlemen of the boxes
Not everyone enjoys the constant winter that batters and dusts their land, and the gentlemen of the boxes is one of those people. He is not a bad person, not yet at least; he is just the opposite to the lady of the jars in many ways. He hopes to change things with his on dip into the magic realm. Read the story here:
December 18, 2020
Part 5 - Detach and connect
The girl from Europa is sprung from her transport and enters the house that the lady of the jars has protected from the outside world. This doesn't stop others coming around, with both good and ill will. Read the story here:
December 11, 2020
Part 4 - Ice age on the edge of space
She came from the stars, a moon actually. Europa. The icy ball in the cosmos. She left her home, flying on cold comet wings to come to earth. But why? Read the story here:
December 04, 2020
Part 3 - Europa down
Inspecting what has landed in her garden, the Lady of the jars can't help be pulled to the stars as she comes face to face with the visitor. Europa has landed it seems. Read the story here:
November 11, 2020
Part 2 - The Visitor
The days are usually quiet and cosy for the lady of the jars, but her little life is rocked by the arrival of something from the stars, landing in her own backyard. From one ice landscape to another, the visitor is very much at home in her new surroundings. Read the story here:
November 11, 2020
Part 1 - Lady of the jars
Meet the lady of the jars, the little women who lives in a small cottage in the woods. She loves winter, she adores the snow. She also happens to know a bit of magic, which is why she makes it a perpetual Christmas. She has her reasons, and bottling the weather is not the limit of her wizardry; which is soon to be tested by a strange visitor. Read the story here:
November 11, 2020