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It was very early the following morning when Menta Kai was awakened by a gentle touch on her shoulder. Instinctively she reached for the sword that was never far from her side, but she felt a little pressure on her shoulder and looked up into the face of her sister Fiona. Fiona put her finger to her lips, and mind-spoke, “Could you come with me, please? We need to talk, and I’m hoping that you will understand and help and support me in this. I really don’t need the others to know, at least yet.” Menta Kai nodded, and replied, “Of course, Fi. Let me throw on a blouse and leggings, and I’ll be right there. You can wait if you want.” Fiona nodded nervously. Menta Kai pulled on her clothing, and the two of them slipped silently out of the room, but not enough to escape the attention of Arianna who had just returned from feeding her baby. Ari reached over to Talia in the next bed and shook her. When Talia looked at her, she held her finger to her lips and gestured for her friend to follow.
Menta Kai was thankful that Lona was not awake yet because she would definitely have wanted to go with her Lady Queen. She looked at Fiona quizzically. “All right, Fi, what’s the big secret? What’s going on?”
Fiona took a pensive look at the ground then met Menta Kai’s eyes. “You know that I love you, that I love your whole family, that being your sister and your parents’ daughter means the whole world to me, literally and figuratively. You know that, right?”
“You’re scaring me, Fiona.” Menta Kai gave her with a look verging on alarm. “You’re not going to betray us, or try and do that assassin thing, are you?” Her hand went to the hilt of her sword.
Fiona sighed. “No. I promised you I would never betray you in any way, Kailee. I just need to show you something, and I hope that you can accept it. If you can’t, I’ll understand, but I’m not going to lie to you. I’ll be devastated. I need you to run with me. We need to go for a run in the woods so that I can show you this.”
Menta Kai relaxed a bit. “Let me put this on my back so that I can run.” She shifted the sword around. They started with a light jog gradually picking up speed as they went along until they were both moving at a speed almost equal to a horse galloping. Fiona appeared to be running effortlessly and looked over at Menta Kai. Their long legs match stride for stride. “Watch, Kailee. I am going to jump.” With that, Fiona sprang into the trees, running from limb to limb across the canopy. With very little effort, Menta Kai was able to replicate the move across neighboring trees. Then, without warning, Fiona launched herself into the air, and the beautiful young Irish woman became a beautiful white owl. Menta Kai almost fell out of the tree in shock, and then reeled quickly as she saw two winged shapes fall in immediately behind the snowy owl. “Zara Zar, no! It’s okay!” Then she realized she was speaking in the common tongue. “Baw! Its okaui!” She simultaneously yelled and mind-spoke in Elvin. The two eagles broke off and circled back to their mistress, as the owl entered the trees again and all of a sudden Fiona was standing in front of her.
Menta Kai inhaled and exhaled a deep breath. “Next time you do anything like that Missy, you let me know what you’re going to do first. You almost became an eagle breakfast!” She looked at her sister. “Now, suppose you tell me what just happened?”
“Us too!” Arianna and Talia came up behind Menta Kai.
Read the entire story of Fiona Clark, the White Owl in "Truthbearer's Daughters" available on Amazon, and all other e-book platforms!
Friday, February 7, 2020
|Original Artwork (c) Alessandra De Bernardis|
From my WIP, "Truthbearer: Juncture of the Nine Worlds"
There was a knock on the door to the Clark’s quarters at Skystormer Castle. Menta Kai opened the door to find Tessa Chart on the other side with a bundle of maps under her arm.
“Come in, Tessa, and please, in these quarters our names are Connor, Kailee, and this is my mother, Iolena Yaleria.”
“What do you have to show us, Tessa?” Connor asked. Moving to the table, Tessa quickly laid out a series of maps in sequence, tapping each one in its four corners with her index finger, which made the rolled-up sheets of parchment lie flat. Iolena looked at the young woman curiously, and at the tremendous, almost three-dimensional detail on the map sheets. “Tessa, are you by any chance magically gifted?” Iolena queried.
Tessa gave her a slightly panicked look. “My father says that I am not to discuss that with anyone, my Lady. He refers to it as my artistic talent. The truth of the matter is, even if I am able to wield magic, it seems to be only in the area of making maps and charts.”
“Whether it is an artistic talent or a magical gift,” Connor commented, “these maps are absolutely amazing. The detail is stunning.” He looked at the young woman. “I am somewhat of an amateur cartographer, myself. My ancestor was a master mapmaker, and together with another captain, led an expedition that mapped the unknown reaches of my homeland at a time when it was still unexplored.”
“Doctor Wicker showed us examples of your maps, Lord Connor,” Tessa admitted, “and I would classify you as being far from an amateur. Your maps of Gewellyn and the Aerielands are beautiful and very well crafted. You must’ve inherited your ability from the previous Clark.”
Connor ran his hand across Tessa’s maps. “I don’t believe that even my very best work is nearly as good as any of this. It’s almost like you can feel the trees and the water in the streams and rivers. You truly do have a gift, Tessa.” He looked at his wife and daughter, clearly mind-speaking, and both of them nodded in reply. “Tessa, if your father could spare you from the map shop, could we interest you in traveling with us as we journey across and throughout Eldaria? I can promise that you will see things you never even dreamed of, untold beauty and amazing places. You will also come to know hardship, and know it well, for on our journey everyone carries their own weight and does their share. If you can accept that, my wife, Kailee and I would like to invite you to be a member of our party.”
Tessa’s eyes lit up. “I am a hard worker, Lord Connor, and I can paddle a canoe, I can ride a horse, although I don’t have a horse of my own, but I do walk a lot. I’m in excellent health, and also know how to handle a sword and a matchlock. I was going to ask you if there was any chance that I could accompany you on your journey, but instead, you offered it to me. Lordabove bless, I would love to join you.”
Thursday, February 6, 2020
When Menta Kai met Lona:
As his son was bringing their horses from the stables, Cadel approached Iolena and Menta Kai and bowed. “Your Highnesses, my daughters were wondering if they could visit with you for a few minutes before you depart.” The innkeeper looked hopeful.
“Of course, Cadel,” Iolena replied. “We would love to see them.” Mind-speaking to Menta Kai, she added, “Follow my lead, Melin er.” Her daughter nodded. Gwynlyn brought the three girls out, and Iolena greeted each of them by name and introduced them each to Menta Kai individually. Glynis and Sinead both performed proper curtseys, but Lona, the youngest just stood and stared at Menta Kai.
“Lona, what did we tell you about talking to the Great High Queen?” Her mother reminded her. The little girl smiled shyly, and then blurted out, “You are the prettiest elf I have ever seen in my whole life!”
Menta Kai squatted down in front of the little girl. “I don’t know if that was what your mother wanted you to say, but thank you very much, Lona.” She took the girl’s hand in hers. “You’re very pretty, too.” The girl smiled and then wrapped her arms around Menta Kai’s neck. “I love you, Lady Queen!” Menta Kai gathered the little girl in her arms and stood up holding her. She kissed Lona on the cheek, and whispered to the child, “Thank you, Lona. I love you too.” She sniffed back a tear.
“Will you come and see me again?” Lona asked.
“You can count on it, Lona Brice.” Menta Kai smiled. “You and I are Best Friends Forever."
(Picture credit Pinterest)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
We've reduced the prices on the entire series in eager anticipation of our three new books, "Truthbearer: Juncture of the Nine Worlds," "Saving Lona: The Adventures of Fiona Clark the White Owl, Book 4," and "Mapmaker:The Amazing Travels of Tessa Chart!" Now you can read the entire Gewellyn Chronicles for only $2.99 each on Amazon Kindle.
Truthbearer: The Journeys of Connor Clark
White Owl: The Adventures of Fiona Clark