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Key - Chapter 27Chapter Twenty-Seven
We stared at the massive door to the castle, all frowning for various reasons; most of us contemplating the same question.
"Do we go in?" Sasha voiced.
"I'm...not sure," I said sheepishly.
"What exactly did you and that little white orb talk about all that time? I thought it was unraveling the secrets of Paradise; specifically the core's location," Chasym said in exasperation.
I shrugged. "It showed me the core, not the exact route there. I just knew it was in the Realm of Kirid, somewhere hereabouts."
"Some savior you make," Sasha remarked.
I scowled. "Sorry, I'm kinda new to the business. Perhaps you could give me pointers or something?"
"Ha. Ha. You're so funny."
"They're arguing," Kirid murmured in disbelief. "We're facing the end of the world and they pick this moment to argue? It's incredible..."
I glanced at him and shrugged. "Makes it more interesting."
"Though I must point out that the boy has a point," Jenen said flatly. "We are was
Key - Chapter 26Chapter Twenty-Six
Justice or Mercy
The walk back to Sasha's quarters was slow one. I tried to digest the news I'd received, tried to recognize what exactly I felt inside. I didn't know all the facts, but I already knew that I couldn't hate Lon. Whatever his reasons for sending me away as an infant, I didn't understand them completely, so it wasn't my place to judge. Still, it was hard to recognize exactly what I felt inside.
I opened the door at the bottom of Sasha's stairs, and entered the cheerfully lit room. I took in all the people inside. Every member of our party was present. Veija smiled at me in greeting. Sasha raised an eyebrow at my leaf-infested clothing. Menen watched over his master with the patience of an angel, while Crenen slept peacefully. Chasym sat near Jenen, both looking preoccupied. And Lonhe gazed at me with an impassive face, hiding away all of his feelings for fear of revealing anything that might hurt either of us.
I scowled at him. "There you ar
Key - Chapter 25Chapter Twenty-Five
To Find The Answer
Grump's task proved very easy. And pointless. When Lon and I finally managed to bring Crenen into the Realm, we found everyone already gathered together. A prison had been constructed from several charred tree trunks, and Kirid sat quietly inside, his dark hair hanging limply over his bowed head. Haeon was still in Jenen's grasp, though it appeared that Chasym had taken it upon himself to be a second guardjust in case.
The Kirid troop had been gathered together in one large space, and their own prison was made up of Furapintairow warriors. I would have to congratulate Grump later on a job well done. Speaking of whichI spotted the Fura standing near Kirid's makeshift prison. He wore a rather frightening grin.
"Master," Menen said, frowning at Crenen's appearance. He looked a little bedraggled himself.
Sasha broke away from the group and hurried to where we had halted. "What happened?" she demanded even as she gently touched Crene
Key - Chapter 24Chapter Twenty-Four
I turned to face the Seer, my expression calm. "Hi again," I greeted coolly.
Haeon smiled darkly in reply.
I smirked. "Aren't you the one who should be concerned about death? I mean, after all, your time is coming. I can See it."
If my words bothered the Seer, he hid it well. His face was impassive. "I hope you've said your farewells, boy. Your friends will die this day." Or maybe I had really upset him after all.
My smirk widened. "Oh? Did you foresee that? I'm disinclined to believe that you have, since you're not a real Seer anymore."
"Don't be ridiculous, Kiido. Haeon is a Seer," Kirid said, laughing. "How else could he know of you? Or about your bond with Jenen? Think carefully. Who has deceived you?"
"I'm sure Haeon has his ways of knowing, but I know he's not a Seer. Not anymore. He lost that right doing something foolish." I folded my arms to emphasis my point.
"Something foolish? You know not of what you speak," Haeon s
Flame of LightFlame of Light in the Night.
Seeking, Searching, Needing Sight.
Stars so Bright, in the Night.
Whisper to me, Teach me Right.
Sun in Sky, Thou Blinding Light.
Guide me through; Reject the Night.
Keep me safe and warm at Night,
Moon in Sky, the Shadow's Light.
Flame of Light, Teach me Might.
Sing O stars and Give me Sight.
Key - Chapter 23Chapter Twenty-Three
At first I wondered if the Furapintairow could understand me. From previous encounters it had seemed they did, but how well was another question. As I stood there, holding my breath and bracing myself for whatever came next, a shuffling movement came from the Fura before me and then it walked out of the shadowy bramble and padded toward me. Its teeth still gleamed, and its eyes still shined evilly but I remained motionless, watching.
The creatures large pupils slowly moved from me to the Fura on my shoulders. It blinked and my pet responded in like. The first growled; the second copied. More growling welled up from the group and I felt panic start from my toes and quickly climb to my head. We were dead. They sensed the missing venom in my companion and realized that it was no longer of their nest. The visible creature lunged, but I sensed it and stepped back just in time to evade its attack. Another Fura pounced; I avoided this as well, onl
Key - Chapter 22Chapter Twenty-Two
In The Water
The Hierlek turned out to be a watchtower positioned near the top of the grandfather tree. It more resembled a tree house than anything else, which made me nervous. It sat precariously among the frail branches of an ancient tree; I could swear I felt the wooden structure shudder with every breath of wind. Still, the tree house stood firm even as our large group slowly entered the tower after climbing a rope ladder. Inside, a single guard was posted at a round window opened up to the night air. He turned from his view and bowed low to Crenen. As he straightened, his eyes fell on the rest of our party. When he saw me, he paled and bowed again (though not so low). I tried to ignore the uncomfortable feeling his respectful gesture caused.
My lord, the watchman said in a much clearer accent than the messenger, you can see the distant fire from here.
Crenen stepped across the creaking floorboards and peered out the window, placin
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