The forest is eerily quiet, even the birds have ceased their constant chatter. Mist hangs between the thick trunks reducing visibility to a few yards. You pause on the track, looking around uncertainly. far off, a solitary tawny owl screeches it's call but the sound is muted in the damp air losing its insistence. You tilt your head. There is a sound, far off, but getting louder; hoof beats falling on damp earth and fallen leaves. The sound is approaching. you glance ahead debating whether to leave the path for it is not unknown for travellers to be waylaid by bandits and... other things on these lonely pathways. Suddenly the mist parts before a large back horse. The rider pulls on the reins and the horse comes to an abrupt halt, it's nostrils flaring, puffing small clouds of vapour into the chill evening air. You stand uncertainly as the rider, their face obscured by a dull metal helm, regards you for a moment. They dismount and you take a step backwards. You would judge it to be a man by the broad build. He reaches up and slowly draws off his helmet to reveal a shock of thick black hair that hangs mane like around a solid face with golden brown eyes. The face is open, and their are only feint hints of lines around the eyes and the corners of the mouth indicating a life spent with much laughter in it. Put at ease you offer a cautious smile that is returned with interest. "Greetings" Good morning/afternoon/evening Jed here. I am a UK chap. I have been writing for many years. If any of you have frequented WritersDock you might recognise the name. I have been away from online writing groups for a couple of years as I have been pursuing various other hobbies, but I have always been writing. I have recently decided to try and get back into more regular writing with a view to working on new projects, polishing up a few works I have completed and generally aiming to start to send things out there to see if I can actually get anything published. I am a married father of two. I am from Hyde nr Manchester in the UK. (the town where Doctor Death alal Harold Shipman, committed his atrocities) I am a college lecturer in computing, and I enjoy creating art, archery (although I have had to give this up recently due to some nerve damage in my right hand), model making and painting minaitures. I love reading (duh!) and love almost all forms of music. I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, thriller and crime books and will dable in most other genres. I also enjoy the classics. I look forwards to getting to know some of you, reviewing, helping if I can and getting your help in return. regards Jed.