Chapter Snippet

I roughed this one out just to get it written, but there’s much I need to go back and edit…


The two harpies semi-spread their wings to create a barrier around the Healer. While the rest looked on, the ground gently responded. Thin ribbons of grassy stems rose to greet her fingertips. At their touch she tensed as though the burden of connecting stung her skin. Slowly, she relaxed to allow each of her fingers to rest along the green stems. Eyes partially opened, their once garnet orbs aglow with Nature’s energy flowing through her.

“Do you suppose if we broke her concentration, that her mind would be left trapped elsewhere?” Shafari whispered, receiving a sharp look from Thomas Gracie to be silent.

A coy smile played over the Healer’s lips before contorting to one of concentration. The plants soon retracted back into the earth. With eyes closed, she stood a moment more, then let out a sigh. Garnet eyes reflected the companions’ worried looks, and she made a gesture for the Wings to yield their guardianship over her. The two harpies then stepped aside for the Healer to approach the humans.

“Breaking my concentration, Mage, would not be the end of me, if that’s what you meant.” Sarra flashed Shafari an alluring grin. “As it is, you owe me your life.” Her expression then soured. “But I’m afraid your friends are as good as dead. One has already been taken by a Black Wing. The rest are heading into its territory. They will, no doubt, find his remains, and become it themselves.”

“Then they have to be stopped!” Anger rose in Thomas Gracie’s voice. “Is there no way for you to control the ground to block their path?”

“I’m afraid that’s not possible.” Sarra averted her gaze. “As it is, I’ve already used up much energy to do this for you.” She motioned to the ground.

Nathan crossed his arms. “Well, ain’t this a pretty situation. Here we are, safe and sound, while the rest of us about to descend into hell! And you knew they were alone to begin with? Why didn’t you use that energy to connect with another of your kind to go to them?”

“Because I already used that ability earlier.”

“So they’re dead, then.” Roland shook his head. “We can do nothing.”

“I wouldn’t exactly say that.” A single word was expressed to the two Wings before a soft glow enveloped her form. Before anyone could move, a hawk took off in the direction of their companions.

Rusha raised his head feathers while exchanging conversation in their language. Finally, he turned to the men.

“She will try to reach them.”

“Pray that she does.” Shafari watched the bird disappear over the trees. “Or I’ll be plunging into their clearing with fire!”


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