Thanks to my original Editors: DuffieDawg, Gandalf4217 & Zaffan, and thanks to Dragonsweb who responded to my call for a cleanup on Isle 5
Author's Comments for this Revision —
Everyone loves Mind Control stories and story sites everywhere are full of them! They are wish fulfillment fantasy at its best! Usually involving socially inept teens who gain access to magic, like a ring of power™, who then run wonderfully amok, commanding the beauties of the opposite sex to submit to their power, and invariably become their sexual toys!
Well, this isn't that sort of story.
I was in a very contrary mood and decided one day to write the exact opposite sort of story ... namely, what happens if you're on the other side of that magic ring, and you're the helpless pawn?
Ok, the end result wasn't terribly sexy, and it would have made a terrible premise for a stroke story. Instead, a more cerebral sort of story emerged that came and went with very little notice or fuss. It's not one of my better stories, or at least no one has ever emailed me saying "Write more with this character!", but this tale does peak a bit into the darker corners of the Lovett County mythology. That's worth the clean-up effort alone!