Beholder Baseball and Other Bad Ideas

Doug Ecks
5 min readNov 16, 2020

Chapter 1

“Beholder Baseball” Image by Doug Ecks

This is an excerpt from my novel “Beholder Baseball and other Bad Ideas”

What has gone before

Once upon a time there was a paleontologist named Magnus who loved a woman and this woman loved dinosaurs. Her name was Amy and they were happy together. Then one night the paleontologist got drunk one and cheated on her with her sister. In a heroic effort to win her back created a device that could cross the barriers between quantum universes so he could take her to see dinosaurs. They did and had many adventures and acquired a pet Ankylosaurus. They also eventually traveled to a dimension filled with dark elves who worshipped mad elder gods and were so feared by all other races they were sequestered by powerful magics and unable to escape their own dimension by mystical means. To save his own life and those of his friends Magnus agreed to help them escape as long as they did nothing to harm the Earth. A Dark Elf priestess came back to Earth with them. Amy, Magnus and their former coworker Helen were trying to teach her how to adapt to life on Earth as she attempted to find the artifacts that anchored the spell that bound her people. She came to like life on Earth and decided not to free her people to ravage the rest of the quantum universes but still sought the artifacts to increase her personal power because despite being beautiful smart and sexy, she was not a very nice person.

In a different quantum universe a mage named Megan and a lovely Succubus named Kendra had worked together to overthrow the most powerful force for good in their land. Megan did this, not because she was evil, but because she owed a favor to a Succubus, always a perilous situation. Also she had fallen in love with the demoness. She overthrew the Duchess, as the powerful magic wielder was known, with the help of her best friend Edmund, a scholar and a swordsman, an Ogre named Phil, and a rag tag band of mercenaries. She was now Queen of her own kingdom and Edmund was commander of her armies.

This is the story of how the strange paths of these two groups crossed…

Chapter 1

Lorelei reclined on her leather recliner, or as she thought of it, her throne.

--

--

Doug Ecks

Doug Ecks, Esq is a lawyer and freelance writer for Whowhatwhy.org . He also writes novels as Doug X.