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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chapter 10, Pt. 4

The house was small, and Edo followed them into the main room, which was also the kitchen. Riya and Jarlen set down their bags while Silay poked her head into the two back rooms. “They’re full of beds,” she exclaimed.

“The city uses the house to room any Healers or seers that come through. Sometimes they have several apprentices with them.” He glanced around the room. “It looks like the kitchen is stocked, and this house has an indoor pump.” He turned to Silay. “Were there linens on the beds?”

“Yes.”

“All right, then. If you’re all set, I’ll be heading home. I’m sure my mother is worried about me.”

“You live with your mother?” The question was out of Silay’s mouth before she could stop it. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to pry.”

“It’s all right. Yes, I live with her.” Edo gave a tired smile. “If you need anything, there is nearly always someone in the Apothecary, even late at night. They can probably help you.”

Jarlen nodded. “Thank you for your help. We won’t keep you from your family any longer.”

“Good night.” Edo readjusted the pack on his shoulder and left.

Riya's eyes followed the retreating figure. “He still lives with his mother,” she mused aloud.

Silay shrugged. “What of it? He probably helps take care of her.”

“Oh, I’m sure he does.” She smiled slyly at Silay. “Of course, it also suggests he isn’t married.”

“And?”

“I just though that might interested you.” Riya looked at Silay. “You are turning an interesting shade of red.”

“I am not!”

“You are.”

Before Silay could respond again, Jarlen interrupted. “Enough, ladies. Let’s unpack and see about something to eat.”

Silay bent down to pick up her pack, trying to hide her blush. “Riya and I will take the room on the right. You can take the other one.”

Riya followed Silay into their room, setting her pack on a bed across from the one Silay had chosen.

“I’m sorry if I embarrassed you.”

“Truly?”

“No.” Riya grinned, and Silay reluctantly smiled back. The two women began to unpack, which didn’t take long. Suddenly, Silay laughed.

Riya glanced up. “What is it?”

“I can’t remember the last time I went to bed knowing I wouldn’t have to carry a pack the next day.”

“It’s a nice feeling.” Riya stretched her arms over her head, gently arching her back. “Not one I get much in my profession.”

“No, I guess not.” Silay sat down on the edge of her bed, watching the older woman finish organizing the small amount of goods they had carried with them. “Riya?”

“Hmmm?”

“Are you going to be all right here?”

Riya stopped, then sat down facing Silay. “I’m not sure. I certainly don’t intend to advertise the fact that I am here. I wouldn’t have anyways, but seeing how your Edo reacted to me…”

Silay decided to ignore the ‘your’ part. “He was a bit rude.”

“No.” Riya shook her head. “He is entitled to his feelings. What happened here should not have happened.”

“What did happen? I mean,” she added hurriedly, “I know what happened to Sojan. Why did you take the Wardstone?”

Riya sighed. “I trusted the wrong person.”

Silay sat silently for a moment before speaking. “I know how that can feel.”

Riya smiled. “Yes, I suppose you do.” She stood up. “We should see what Jarlen is up to. If he is half as hungry as me, he must be starving.”


Silay stood up and followed her, but she wasn’t smiling. Instead she was trying to understand how she could feel bad for both Edo and Riya. And trying figure out if there was any way to make up for past wrongs.
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Silay and Edo. What do you think? Could it happen? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments; I'd love to hear them (and they could affect the story)!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chapter 10, Pt. 3

It was already dark when Sojan’s walls came into view. The trip had taken longer than it should have thanks to Talis not having a horse. Praesi halted them just in front of the wall and dismounted, signaling for the others to do the same. “Wait here. I’ll go notify the Gate Guards that we’ve arrived.”

Silay glanced over at Riya while they waited. She was anxiously shifting her weight from foot to foot. Silay gave her a reassuring smile. “It will be all right. And if not…” She paused so Riya could finish the sentence.

“…I’ll be fine.” She smiled backed at Silay. “I still can’t help but be a bit nervous.”

“With good reason.”

Silay glared at Edo. “That wasn’t necessary.”

He ignored her, and went back to silently waiting.

A moment later Praesi returned. “All is well. A house has been prepared for you all. Except you, boy.” She pointed at Talis. “You’re under arrest.”

“For what!?”

Praesi stared at him. “For kidnapping and ambushing travelers, for a start. And if you are very unlucky, for treason.”

“But I didn’t…” Talis looked to Silay desperately. “Tell them!”

Silay looked away, but Jarlen answered him. “Tell them what, Talis? The truth? You may have made a mistake, but mistakes have consequences. You broke the law. This is the price.”

“But…”

“Enough!” Praesi grabbed Talis by the arm. “You’re coming with me. Edo, they’ve been given the house on Kallen Way, next to the Apothecary. You know the one?”

Edo nodded.

“Good. Take them there. And drop off the horses at the City Stables.” Praesi and the other guard left, marching Talis in front of them. Silay watched them leave.

“Will they really charge him with treason?”

Jarlen shook his head. “I don’t know. It’s possible.”

“But he did try to help. A little. At the end.”

Riya raised her eyebrows. “He also left you tied to a tree.”


“And you once stole Sojan’s Wardstone,” Edo growled. “And now you’re walking around free, so who knows what will happen to him. Nothing will tonight, at any rate.” Before anyone could answer him, he turned and started towards the gate. “Now come on and bring the horses. I’ll show you where to go.”
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*sings* "Somebody's in trouble!" Also, Edo's being very grouchy again. I though he was over that?

Confession: I had Talis arrested because there were getting to be too many characters for me to keep track of. But don't worry, he won't be gone for long...or will he? Stay tuned to find out! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chapter 10, Pt. 2

Silay had drawn the last watch, so she was alone to watch the first hints of dawn reach across the sky. She sat still, enjoying the silence. If anyone had told her time to herself would become rare before this whole unquest had started, she would have laughed at them. Now she had learned to treasure any small moment she had alone.

Her thoughts were broken by a movement near the fire at the center of the small camp. It was Edo, and it looked like he was making tea. He caught Silay’s eye and gave a small nod in greeting. Silay nodded back, then turned away to continue watching the sunrise. A few minutes later, Edo joined her, a mug in his hand.

“Coffee?” He held the mug out to Silay.

Silay sniffed the contents and wrinkled her nose. “It looks like black sludge. How can you drink that?”

“I don’t drink it for how it looks.” Both their voices were low so they wouldn’t wake the others.

“No thanks. I’ll just wait and make tea in little bit.”

Edo nodded and took a sip of the coffee. “It shouldn’t have worked, you know.”

“What shouldn’t have?”

“Your blood. There are ways to break a blood spell, but you shouldn’t be able to just negate it like that.” He glanced sideways at Silay. “Are you really going to let Jarlen try to use it to create a cure?”

“I am.” She smiled. “Though he would correct you and say he’s not making a cure. Just a vaccine.”

Edo nodded. “It just might work.”

“I hope so.” Silay sighed. “I don’t know what else there is we can do.” She stood up. “The others will be up soon. I’m going to make tea for those of us who don’t drink sludge.”

“An excellent idea.” A low voice nearby made Silay and Edo turn. Jarlen was awake. He smiled at them. “I’ll help.”

The rest of the group was up before the tea was finished. Praesi urged them to eat and drink quickly, eager to get back on the road. Once everyone was fed, the horses were saddled. 

Silay groaned. “Another day in the saddle. I’d rather walk.”

“And risk getting blisters?” Jarlen raised an eyebrow.

“That’s right!” Silay laughed. “I’d almost forgotten that’s how I met you.”

“And me.” Riya smiled ruefully, looking down from her horse. “Could have saved you a lot of trouble if you hadn’t been walking.”

Praesi glared at the three of them. “If we’re done reminiscing…”

“Sorry.” Silay swung herself into the saddle and they set off.


Just one more day, Silay reminded herself. Tomorrow we’ll reach Sojan. Then we can sleep in real beds and not have to ride horses.
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Are you a tea drinker or a coffee drinker? Share below!

More characters just makes writing dialogue and movements that much harder. I feel like I'm herding cats, trying to keep track of where all my characters are at any given time. I shouldn't have introduced so many at once. Oh well, lesson learned.

My husband expressed curiosity in what coffee might be in this world. I have struggled with deciding how many words I should create to describe things in this world. After all, in my mind, the characters don't actually speak English. That is simply the language that their story is being told in. So, in order to keep things simple, if something in their world has a parallel in this world, I use the English word to describe it. Tea is any beverage brewed from leaves, and coffee is any beverage brewed from beans. Simple. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Chapter 10, Pt. 1

The one good thing about the ambush, Silay thought to herself, was that it had meant no more horses. Not that they weren’t convenient. It was just that the hours of riding they did a day had left her sore in muscles she hadn’t known she had. But now she was grateful for the horse, as each jolting step brought them closer to Sojan. Not that she had ever thought she would be grateful to return to that city. Silay gave a small smile, which turned into a bigger grin when Riya caught her eye.

“How are you doing?”

Riya returned the smile. “Much better now, thanks to you.” She touched her throat where the collar had been.

Edo glanced over his shoulder. “Thanks to me as well, I believe.”

“Yes.” Riya nodded. “You did well.”

It had taken several tries, but by using his own blood to create a route for Silay’s to follow, Edo had essentially tricked Wrigcyn’s spell into accepting Silay’s blood as the key. Once the collar was off of Riya, they hadn’t wasted any time getting on the road for Sojan. But now the sun was setting, and the horses were clearly tired. Finally, Praesi called a halt.

“Let’s get off the road and see if we can’t find a good campsite for the night.”

Following her lead, Silay and the others dismounted and led their horses down into the woods edging the road. Praesi led them down a faint path to a clearing near a small stream. Exchanging a glance, she and the other guard left their horses in the care of Edo then quickly circled the surrounding area.

Praesi returned to the group. “All clear. I say we camp here, if no one has any objections?”

“Looks good to me!” Talis had been riding behind the others in turn, since there hadn’t been a horse for him. Praesi glared at him, and he immediately fell silent.

“Is it all right with everyone else?” There were nods all around. “Good. Edo, set the wards. Jarlen, Talis, look after the horses. I’ll go down to the stream to get water. Everyone else, tents and fire.” More nods and several spoken ‘yeses’. Praesi gave orders in a way that assumed they would be obeyed, and therefore they were.


The clearing very quickly became a small, yet busy, camp as everyone set about their assigned task. Soon, there was a meal cooking over the fire. Dinner was eaten mostly in silence. It seemed everyone was as tired as Silay felt. Before long, the fire had burned down for the night, a watch rotation had been agreed on, and everyone except for Edo, who had first watch, went to sleep.
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If ever a post felt like a draft, this one does. I apologize. Consider this an example of why most people write a whole book and then edit, edit, edit before showing their work to the public. Part of the problem here is that I have some really cool stuffed planned in the story, and I'm even more eager than Silay is to get to Sojan. Things are happening! Soon! Just please bear with the awful transition posts while we get there.