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Chapter 13 - Day 5 - Part 1
- 7th day of Hanotë -
Part 1 - Unexpected Companion
“Hey! Wake up!”
Selina jumped to her feet, feeling dizzy when amused laughter filled the cold, damp air of dawn. Rubbing her eyes she looked up trying to identify the figure sitting atop a sturdy brown horse.
“Kahor?!” she asked, still doubtfully, and the other girl smiled looking around.
“You didn’t get very far, did you? You must be close to the first affluent of the Silver River. There’s more humidity, here.”
“What are you doing here?” Selina asked, still sleepy, and Kahor shrugged.
“Well, I was about to join the group leaving for Leips when that Lady that arrived with you, Dana her name? Well, she kind of panicked when she found out that not only the Princess, but you as well, had gone missing. And they had to practically force her inside a carriage, since she didn’t want to leave without you,” she... read more ❯
Chapter 13 - Day 3- Part 2
- 5th day of Hanotë -
Part 1 - I'll Wait for You
Kahor hugged his naked body against hers and did her best to hold her tears as she caressed the soft, black hair covering her bare chest. She laid there, watching him sleep, committing every detail of his relaxed face to her memory, wishing they could stay in that room forever, forgotten by the world outside. And yet she knew better than that.
Finally she gathered all her courage and strength and put on a smile on her lips as she woke him up.
His eyes were on her as soon as they opened and then he moved lazily to kiss her, making her laugh at the dreamy way he looked at her.
“I’m not going …” he whispered, immediately murdering her smile.
“You can’t just tell me to go like nothing has happened …”
“We’ve already talked about this.”
“I want to stay... read more ❯
Chapter 13 - Day 4 - Part 8
- 6th day of Hanotë -
Part 8 - A Night in a Barn
As evening came the trees around her became scarcer, although she still felt the urge to turn around on her saddle from time to time, just to make sure that no one was following her. She hadn’t had the courage to stop again since she’d crossed that bridge, not even to eat, and now she felt so tired that even her legs seemed to have gone numb.
At least she was almost free from that deadly silent forest, she thought, hopefully, facing the road ahead where there were no more shadowy trees to be seen, and where fields of apple trees flanked the road on both sides.
The words she had overheard being exchanged by those savage looking men came back to her, and she couldn’t help dwell on the story about that jewel, the same she’d heard in... read more ❯
Chapter 13 - Day 4 - Part 7
- 6th day of Hanotë -
Part 7 - Three Letters
Selina smiled maliciously, hidden inside one of those small warehouses where some of the materials used on the training grounds were stored, and peered outside through the window.
Just like she’d expected. When the third girl arrived the other two were already there, leaning against the wooden wall, trying to go unnoticed.
“You also received it?” asked one of them, waving a white envelop in the air, and the others showed theirs. “What does this mean?”
“It means we’re being blackmailed, Tereze!” answered the one with brown hair, patiently.
Tereze crouched down, suddenly pale.
“We can’t give in! Today is this, tomorrow may very well be something else!”
“Are you an idiot?” asked the one that looked to be the oldest. “If we don’t comply with what’s written in this letters we’ll be facing a scandal. Forget being expelled! We’ll never be allowed to even... read more ❯
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