waypoint

The sand here was finer, purer, and walking barefoot under shade felt almost like wading through the memory of water.  She smiled to herself, lost for a moment in distant thoughts of a place southeast of the vast desert they crossed, where the Winds were almost tangible to the touch. Closing her eyes, she could…

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the deal

Just a year, the Magus had said. One year in which to learn rudimentary control of her powers–no catches, and thankfully no marriage proposals. At least the grounds of his house were pleasant, if she had to spend so much time in them—graceful trellises arched along every pathway with curling vines winding through that flowered…

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the promises you keep

There was a plain wooden chair in the room they showed her; beside it sat a small table with a delicate vase holding a spray of pink flowers. “Yes,” she said, nodding at that small glimpse the open doorway provided. “This will do just fine.” She paid them and waited until they had disappeared down…

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decay

He dreams of teeth. Time goes on and the memory decays–the thick reek of blood-gummed fur, the hushed, heated, hunting breath, the mud and the rocks and the flint-focused madness of wild eyes–all of it melts and falls apart, disintegrates into nothingness until he can no longer quite recall them. It has been such a…

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the prophecy

A child was born in the House of Roses, inside stone walls as pink as early dawn. His mother smiled when she heard him cry, and his father rushed to get the Speaker they paid to come, to tell them what wind would rule their child’s life. He came back more slowly, leading a woman…

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things you said before i left

“Did it hurt much?” ‘Hm?“ She ran light fingertips along the dark ink sunk into Tes’s skin, a red and black koi that began on the right side, curling around back and ending just above the shoulder blade. Gooseflesh prickled along Tes’s skin through the ink in her fingers’ wake. “Some of it,” Tes admitted.…

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