Anywho, the story is finished, and I am very happy! Oh, yes, I am very happy! So is Alicia. Her hand hurts from all the writing she has been doing. They do not have any shortcuts in Valewin. She had to write her whole story down with a pen.
Perhaps you would like some snippets!
“I feel so useless right now,” moaned Calla. “The attack was so quick, and I did not even have time to think!”
“Where were you when Elori Tajisscra came?” asked Rachelle.
“I heard a commotion in the courtyard, so I came to see what it was, and when I saw that wretched creature, I ran back to my chamber and hid. Only after one of the servants came and told me what had happened did I leave. Of course, I suppose that running and hiding is cowardly, but I could not think of anything else to do.”
Rachelle nodded grimly. “Against Elori I think no one could do anything.”
I was not feeling nearly as generous toward Calla as Rachelle seemed to be. Of course, Calla probably did the sensible thing, but I had always cherished a hope that Calla would always come in my moments of mortal danger if she could. Instead, I found that she cared more for her safety than her friend’s lives. I was disgusted.
Birinin beamed gloriously. Elstav smiled as drily as one can possibly smile. “Thank you, Eseth Deladel. I am certain that you will be of good service to Alfieri. He is the hero.”
“I do not mean to lead!” cried Alfieri.
“Ah, but that is your responsibility!” cried Elstav. “Birinin and I are at your side unconditionally as long as you remain true, but you will make the ultimate decisions. You have seen the leader of the opposing side. Do you think that you can defeat him? He thinks that you can.”
“He is so powerful!” exclaimed Alfieri.
“Indeed, he is a very powerful creature, but so are you,” answered Birinin. “The Good Master made you very powerful indeed, although you cannot use Lucor. You see, you have the three gifts that the Good Master gave Mortals. Tajisscra can never taste your kind of power, which is so much better than Lucor. Even we Cheol Ruvin can never know the fullness of love or loyalty or courage as you can. Mortals are the most privileged, you see. You have the true power, and you must learn to use it.”
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