I read a lot of articles and blog posts that bash prologues. Sometimes, they have really good points, other times the points are off the mark. For my part, I think liking and disliking prologues is akin to liking or disliking apples – some people like them and some people don’t. I like them sometimes. I’ve read really awful prologues, and I’ve read really amazing prologues. I think the skill of the writer has as much to do with it as the opinions of the reader. I sometimes write prologues, and sometimes don’t (sort of like how I sometimes like them). For Quest for Salvation, I have a short prologue. Let me know what you think about it, even if you’re in the anti-prologue camp. I always love to hear what you think!
My life is coming to a close. I can feel it creeping in on me, the way dawn creeps upon the horizon. In my heart I know that this death comes too early, but I don’t know what I could have done to prevent it. I stand by the actions that brought me here. I cannot imagine having done anything differently. Leaving all of those people to suffer would have killed me even sooner.
I’ve faced death a hundred times, and still I fear to die. Even when I thought I had nothing to live for, I refused to give in. Maybe, if I am lucky, this death will not be so horrible. If I am lucky, some piece of me will be reunited with my love. If I am lucky, all that I have done will be remembered by someone. Anyone.
That is why I’ve set my mark here, why I am writing all of this now, after so much time. I’ve tried before, and failed, but this time I must finish. I do not want to be forgotten.
Listen to me, rambling on about being forgotten. No one will ever find this record, at least no one that can read it. But maybe, someday, it will be in the Book, and in the Book I will live on.
Mother Anja give me strength this last time, to set down my words for eyes to read.
My quiet life took on a new path one day in early summer. It was the day my fate was sealed, in an ancient city at the base of a mountain.
Again, let me know what you think!
Take care, fellow travelers.