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Chapter 21 – Regretted Recognition

This entry is part 26 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Ananya Filia gave the soup she heated over the fire more attention than it needed, but while her hands absently stirred the brown broth and her eyes passively followed the rotating water, she could think. She could think how she would act when Fred woke, imagine how he would react…

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Chapter 20 – Rutsuian

This entry is part 25 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Evening was dawning, and the cloak of darkness seemed to spread from the wall of the Horizon into the sky and across the land, huge shadows stretching from the Night at the edge of the Known World. The village of Nephra was a mound of red and gray and black…

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Chapter 19 – Just Short of Home

This entry is part 24 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

As Strin stepped into that sparking, fraying cone, he knew what to expect—the sensation still shocked him. The link was instantaneous, sharp, and clear, like being dunked in winter water. But the effects lingered uncomfortably, as if a cool wind was drying that water from his skin and clothing. He…

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Chapter 18 – Silence

This entry is part 23 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Except for the strained breathing, the Generator Room was silent. But for a single trembling body, it was motionless. Celina stood alone in a frozen moment, but she was engulfed in memories she had long tried to forget. She knew that in the Sanctum of Magic all magicians are taught…

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Chapter 17 – The Generator Room

This entry is part 22 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

She sat upon her throne, her braids like grand thoughts intertwining one into the other. Her face was blank; she appeared a faceless goddess. Her hands were upon her lap, at rest—those hands held the power to affirm and the power to deny. Her tiara of many jewels sparkled in the…

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Chapter 16 – Uncertain Plans

This entry is part 21 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

There was a tap on the door. Fred’s pacing ceased mid-stride, and he wobbled a little before setting his foot quietly on the floor. Strin looked up from his thoughts. “You heard that, right?” Fred asked. He peered at the door as if it would suddenly open hidden jaws and…

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Chapter 15 – Dilemmas of Self

This entry is part 20 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Strin had traveled the length and breadth of the Horizon in his 28 years. He had seen its wide plains of grass and groves; he had seen its stiletto forests, like needles of green puncturing the plains; he had seen its lonely houses and its twilight caverns and its huddled…

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Chapter 14 – Splinters of Aftermath

This entry is part 19 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

“That went well, don’t you think?” Advisor Emsan Owa meticulously folded his handkerchief and placed it carefully in his pocket. Only then did he allow himself to glance at the other two Advisors. It took a great deal of willpower not to appear nervous; he worried that he didn’t cover…

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Chapter 13 – Trouble on the Horizon

This entry is part 18 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

The song was as beautiful as the Crystalline Castle itself, and as old, first practiced when the pillars upon which the Castle stood rose into empty space, and its first Empress traveled the lands for which she had won peace. The true meaning of the words, with all their subtle…

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Chapter 12 – Introductions

This entry is part 17 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Beneath the city, on the underside of the Crystalline Castle, lie the inverted structures of buildings and silos. The fundamental workings of the city take place there: food storage, limited power generation, policy-making, and transportation. The function of these last two resides in the most noticeable buildings—the Council Chambers and…

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Chapter 11 – The Trio of Wubbatub

This entry is part 16 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

“What’re you hungry for, kid?” “Whatever’s warm and ready,” Fred answered. He didn’t really care; he had nothing better to do than to eat his dinner. “And some kinkerry juice.” The waitress nodded and slipped into the kitchen. She returned bearing a steaming plate and a glass filled with red…

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Chapter 10 – Another Breakfast for Lunch

This entry is part 15 of 31 in the series Trouble on the Horizon

Ani busied herself with the clean-up of her breakfast preparations as the other Cria gathered around the door to listen to the conversation between their Empress and Strin. The whispering between the Cria never stopped. The formation of women hugging the door fluctuated continually—Kali went to whisper something to Rina;…

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