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24 New Ground

Josah looked at Eva Marie with a critical eye. He couldn’t find any visible wounds but knew that her pasty color betrayed her secret. She stepped back and pulled up the left sleeve of her surcoat. “I don’t want to hide anything from you,” she said. Someone had wrapped her arm using soft, cambric cloth. […]

23 Execution Day

The boys watched as the Molly Red prepared to leave Southport. Yeva and Munro stood on the quarter-deck, waving their farewell. The sun announced the start of the morning, brisk with scattered clouds. Gulls squawked above, fighting for any scraps of food they could find on the pier. Yeva and Munro agreed that Caleb would […]

22 Paying the Price

Josah shivered as the cold night’s breeze blew toward Rylie Glen. The moonlight flooded the deck of the Molly Red when it didn’t slip behind a cloud. He sat on the bottom step leading to the Captain’s quarters with his arms resting on his knees. The boy felt relieved the immediate danger was over. The […]

21 The Miller’s Wheel

Leena looked for Theotello during vespers, and then at the morning meal. He seemed to have vanished after returning from Bon Abbi three days ago. She even looked at the pier. Not sure where to look next, Leena came back to the Meeda building. Maybe she would see something she missed last night, with the […]

20 Raiders of Liez

Conall held an unusual gadget his father gave him earlier in the day. He gripped a leather strap fastened to a piece of wood. Attached at one end was a round piece of glass, about the width of a hand. At the other end was a short, flat metal piece that slid back and forth […]

19 The Casselberry Event

The Lady of Bon Abbi sat still as Dali braided her hair. She gathered a section and separated it into three parts. Weaving them together, Dali took another handful of hair and repeated the process. Before long, Eva wore a simple but elegant crown of braids, with her hair cascading down. “There,” Dali said. “You […]

18 Taking a Stand

Several times on their way to Tuva, the boys had to stop their progress. Something about the swishing of tails and the sound of hoofbeats caused Ena to burst into a full run. She spooked the horses every time she passed them. Josah would stop, jump off his saddle, and call Ena. Already nervous, his […]

17 Leaving Bon Abbi

“Again,” shouted Graybard. “Remember your stance. Spread your feet shoulder-width, with one foot slightly in front of the other. Always keep your balance!” More recruits joined his training sessions since Eva Marie survived an attack. Most were young, with a handful of older men. It pleased Graybard to see their progress, swinging their walking sticks […]

16 The Fallen of Karune

Three days had passed since Brother Sammil first arrived in Weshaven. Oona Sera, ruler and host, ushered him into Domus Caelum, the gathering hall. Sammil recalled how he shaded his eyes when he entered. White walls and ceilings reflected light in every direction. Oona led the way down a corridor, with an airy surcote or […]

15 Making His Move

Luka surveyed the Common Court outside the city walls. He took in the sounds, smells, and sights of merchants and commoners selling and buying wares. His decision to expel them from the Inner Courts pleased him. He reserved those spaces for the nobles of Casselberry. Waves of people acknowledged Luka as he strolled by, bowing […]

14 Confessions

Eva gripped the side of the wagon as it approached Sui Saor. The rumble of the wooden wheels rolling over the bridge was enough to alert the guards. She couldn’t tell the time of day. Darkness had overtaken them in their rush to leave from Midland. As Tomas slowed the horses, Eva finally spoke to […]

13 Sola Del Sol

The wagon from Bon Abbi passed a smaller road that led south of Lake Marablain. The trail led to where builders harvested trees for the Midland walls many seasons ago. Today, it allowed travelers to avoid passing through the city. Eva was sure Luka camped somewhere in this area. She always marveled at the placement […]

12 Taking Action

Three days had passed since Luka confronted Eva Marie. Having a Chronicler confirm she was the Lady of Bon Abbi threw him off. It would take time for him to respond. Graybard yawned as he sat on the horse blanket, looking around the barn. He decided it had been too long since he found comfort […]

11 Journey to Weshaven

Brother Sammil was never fond of the sea, especially the waters around Northport. The seawater currents made it difficult to navigate ships safely around the island. Two days of brisk winds, turbulent waters and crashing waves were difficult to endure. The Molly Red was in the open sea now, with favorable winds pushing the vessel […]

10 Making Choices

Traveling from Northport to Bon Abbi was challenging, but the landscape was breathtaking. Theotello, his travel bag slipped onto his right shoulder, gazed at the rolling hills. Wildflowers bloomed everywhere one last time before the harvest season would begin. There were few travelers to Northport. Most came from Bon Abbi, who shared their bounty every […]

09 The Chroniclers of Northport

Theotello, a young apprentice, sat on the front steps of the Meeda building in Northport. It was the heart of the city where the occasional visitor came to request an audience with a Chronicler. But the community was busy with fellow scribes. Every Chronicler had a single task – record history unchanged and with accuracy. […]

08 Noble Challenge

Josah sat on the flatten hay as the morning sunlight broke through the darkened barn. Ena stretched and walked over to Graybard, who awoke to the large cat staring at him. “Josah,” he whispered. “Do something.” Smiling at the warrior’s dilemma, Josah chuckled. “Well, she hasn’t eaten yet. That’s why she is looking at you.” […]

07 Transformation

Caleb lit a candle, cupped his right hand by the flame, and made his way into the room. He handed it to Josah, as the others followed. “We’ll need a few more candles,” Josah whispered as he looked around. The hidden room was about four meters in width and depth. The ceiling height was approximately […]

06 Preparing for Luka Dey

Evelyn twisted until Josah released his hold. “The only way you can rescue me is by becoming Michael John Mayweather again.” She stepped back, mumbling, trying to understand how a noble’s son could take on a new name and reject his own. “What happened to you? How could you have changed so much?” Josah looked […]

05 A Lady to Lead

Josah took a step away from the wall, still trying to hide his identity. Offering his hand, he felt an electric charge run through him when Evelyn placed her hand in his. The sudden realization that he missed her over the years was overwhelming. With his hair still obscuring his face, he said almost in […]

04 The Miller’s Daughter

Josah, Conall, Graybard, and Ena waited behind a barn for Caleb. He had entered the building, making sure that it was empty. The group traveled across the Plains of Vandeer through the day, reaching Tuva as the night fell. “Ena is not going to like being inside a barn,” whispered Josah. “She doesn’t know what […]

03 Surviving Filgore Valley

“Graybard! Graybard!” shouted Josah as he watched the seasoned soldier run through the thicket. Graybard ignored the call to stop. He kept running forward, swinging his sword to clear his way through the underbrush. Josah could hear many Dragoons running through the woods. “Conall! Caleb! Squat down now! Keep your hands in the air, but […]

02 Gray the Bard

Cornor was a small village within the Southport territory, known for its pubs. Barkeeps set up business there to avoid the Casselberry tariffs and scrutiny. The walk to Cornor didn’t take Josah long, as the burg was two kilometers away from the pier. As he reached Cornor Square, Josah paused. Not much had changed over […]

01 Going Home

The winds were light as a small crew prepared to lower a longboat from the side of the Molly Red. A tall, massive cog ship made of oak, the Molly Red had several masts, with the mainsail at the center. It had fore and stern castles for crew and guest quarters. The mainsail, when pushed […]