Meetings 8

Being able to hike all day, without tiring or needing a drink or a break, was certainly new and interesting; with the much-lightened packs as well, they travelled a long way by full dark. Tyrel wondered at first why Kieran had chosen to be an amarog all day, but he soon realized that on four feet, Kieran was trotting along effortlessly, completely unhindered by uneven ground or underbrush. Darkness was no hindrance, either; colours shifted, tinted more and more noticeably with pale yellow, but there was no loss of detail at all. They could have kept travelling all night as …

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Meetings 7 pt2

(chapter continued from previous post) Kaveri was curled up beside him, half-wrapped in a blanket. Tyrel laid a hand on her shoulder and said her name, then gave her a gentle shake. She stirred, stretched and yawned, then sat up, combing her hair back out of her eyes with her fingers. Thrall chains and cuffs glinted in the moonlight; Tyrel found his thoughts turning to how badly Kaveri probably wanted to be rid of them, and how they could achieve that. “Now,” the no-longer-amarog said gravely. “My name is Kieran. Your brother is not dead in any common sense of …

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Meetings 7 pt1

Having spent three nights in the cozy and dry but limiting shelter, it was an immense relief when the rain finally broke. They soaked, scattered, and buried the remains of the fire, and packed everything up. Kaveri gathered the odd mix of articles she’d collected and constructed into a net of plaited grass slung at her side and into the basket she supported on her hip with one hand. Tyrel had reclaimed his own gear, mostly out of stubborn habit, but he did make sure Kaveri kept a butterfly knife, its bronze blade safe inside the two folded-forward halves of …

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Meetings 6

Comfortable on a blanket at one end of the shelter, Kaveri sang a gratitude and blessing song under her breath while she wove the fine flexible willow into a basket. It felt wonderful beyond words to be free of the confinement of the fort, back in the woods, and doing what she was meant to be doing. At the far end of the shelter, the brothers, distinctly restless after a day spent inside, were going through their gear and checking the condition of everything. They wouldn’t find much that needed work, since Kaveri had been maintaining it herself for the …

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Meetings 5

“Tyrel,” Kaveri murmured. “Wake up.” Tyrel woke groggily, disoriented and confused. He blinked and focused on Kaveri, kneeling beside him with a plate in one hand, a cup in the other. “What?” “Wake up. Breakfast.” She waited while he sat up, then handed him the plate, which held a liberal quantity of thick porridge with chunks of fruit stewed into it, and the cup, which turned out to be hot sweet tea. “We should get deeper after you eat,” Madoc said. “I did some scouting. We do have a few on our trail, although they aren’t close. We don’t need …

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