8. In trouble

zr was prone to disappearing without prior approval. Heigr made an excellent accomplice. Lina woke up to find herself alone. Oddly, the cabin was up in the air, and she never felt it move. First she looked around outside. It was still too dark to make out much detail, but the new morning was gathering…

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7. Ancient rites

omething stirred inside of Lina. She felt as if she was experiencing something from an ancient memory, or a dream. Her ancestors had gathered around the fire, as they did every night, seeking warmth, hot food, and fellowship. It would have last occurred around 800 generations ago; her ancestors had been civilized since then. Lina…

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6. Sidetracked

Lina had no idea where she was. Somewhere Heigr had taken a side road that wound through unfamiliar mountains. She knew the route her father always took, but she didn’t have a working map in her head of the territory between Serinand City and Mirsand, where her parents lived. It seemed as if they were…

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5. An adventure begins

When Lina was distracted, she found it hard to maintain an accurate sense of time. It seemed as though they were almost done loading her possessions into Heigr’s wagon just past noon, but when they finally got out to the streets of Serinand City, the Father Sun was getting ready to set. The “daughter” sun,…

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4. Moving Day

A chime sounded to announce an expected visitor. Lina’s heart raced. She wasn’t ready for him. Now he would find out that she had been procrastinating. It wasn’t typical of her behavior, but for some reason she just kept finding things to do other than packing. Lina composed herself enough to face the music. It…

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3. A big decision

eigr peeked out the door and looked down a hallway whose walls were covered in carved wood paneling. He could hear activity going on in a room distant from his own. He could smell food, too. He was still in the guest-room where he’d regained consciousness the night before, restless from waiting. He’d heard activity…

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More dangerous than real enemies

Austin’s attention zeroed in on Jason as he spotted him heading into the men’s locker room. He felt his muscles tense. He had an intense urge to punch Jason’s face bloody. He followed him into the room. Most of the crew had already headed home; this late there wouldn’t be much traffic in and out….

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2. A new friend

Lina and Azr were rescued from a deadly riot in Seranand City by a young stranger. With the help of another young man, they’ve dragged the wounded stranger to the safety of Lina’s cousin’s home nearby. eigr felt a persistent little nudge. He wished someone would stop bothering him and let him sleep. Now that…

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1. Someone

Our story starts thousands of generations after the disappearance of the Twin Sages, in a sprawling metropolis just north of the planet’s tropics. ina pulled Azr close. It wasn’t just the biting wind and slippery ice on the plaza that triggered her maternal instincts. Something else bothered her about the situation, but she couldn’t have…

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