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The Design Darkens

So here’s the thing… The stories of The Dark Design are more than mere  songs, and the songs of The Dark Design are more than mere stories…

Each is a work of art and each exists as its own unique entity… What follows now is the The Tale of The Red Queen… An honest and stark warning about what truly lies on Mars the Red Planet… We will begin with the lyrics to the song and tomorrow I will post an extract from the forth coming novella of the same name… and sometime in the future I will post a link to the song itself… Then, when all three are ready we will release them all….

This image which I captured with my Spectramera of a latter day Boadicea conjures the image of the struggle beautifully and once again if this is you then please get in touch, for there is something you need to know…

Red Queen…

This is the tale of the Red Queen

or maybe it was all just an opium dream

I can pretend it didn’t happen if you think that will help…

I can’t tell you exactly how we got there, but I’ll tell why we went…

For Queen and country the letter said…

Determine the threat of invasion and if needs be prevent it…

But our mission To Mars was doomed from the start….

12 months of planning, but it still fell apart…

The letter itself was curt… Go to the red planet and neutralise the threat…

A service to the Empire… which we’ll never forget…

Well that was a lie if nothing else…

I don’t suppose we really had much of a choice…

But all I remember is death… and death had such a beautiful voice…

She Said…

Come to me my love…

It was January 1893 when I met the nine others who would travel with me…

There were ten of us at the journey’s start…but  I‘m the only one that made it back…

Death was with us before we left… it was almost as if our enemy lacked patience…

Jone;s went mad in the cold dark void and before he shot himself, he shot Smith and stabbed Jonny boy…

Cole’s cabin burned up on entry, I reached for the extinguisher, but found it empty…

Foley’s harness failed as we landed, and despite brave attempts, he could not be resuscitated…

Ten had set out for the surface of Mars, which only five us lived long enough to stand upon. And all the while I heard that voice…

It said….

Come to me my love…

I’d expected rocks, I had expected dust I hadn’t really expected much, but I never imagined that I would see a scarlet palace on a crimson sea…

We buried our dead, sang God save the Queen and then made our way to the palisade…If I knew then what I know now there would be four more men with me right  now…

As we approached from the southern shore we crossed a rusty drawbridge over a ruby moat…

There were no guards, no battlements the castle looked completely defenceless…

but that’s just what she had intended…and the voice grew ever closer…

It said…

Come to me my love…

And there on a throne of souls was the Martian queen in a robe of bones….A voice in my head said strangle Mcabe and I saw her smile as I turned to my friend…

As I reached out to grab his neck I saw Tommy Vines do the same to Dave… Old doctor Bill tried to escape, but the Martian queen wasn’t finished yet…

Life faded from my friend and he turned blue, I turned back to Tommy and he was finished too…the Red Queen had given Bill a knife and in return he’d given her his life…

In the end there was Tommy and I and we both knew one of us had to die… I knew then it wouldn’t be me… because only the winner would get the Martian Queen…

She said…

Kill for me my love…

and I did…

As I knelt before her with Tommy’s head in my lap, she smiled she laughed, then she clapped…

It was more than I could ever have hoped, but then she opened her scarlet lips and spoke..

Your planet had nothing to fear…

For I am just a prisoner here … I can never leave these walls

Let alone launch an assault…

But I greatly admire your desire…

And by feeding on it I survive…

And you brought enough here to me

To last a hundred years

But a girl’s got to eat

And soon I’ll need fresher meat

So I’m sending you home

So you can tell others to come…

Come to me My Love…

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