Deciphering mixed dating signals
"Go tell that to the Sitian Council, then." "I did, but they wouldn't grant my request." Leif huffed. Most swordsmen didn't have any experience fighting against a machete. His only other magical skill had its uses at times. A null shield slammed down between them, blocking Leif's magic. Valek sought the innkeeper and heard the same story. She figured Leif would return for his horse eventually. "I stayed up all night with Leif," the chef said between tasks.
"Not much of a surprise, considering their chef overcooks everything and has no clue there are spices other than salt. Compared to a sword, the thicker, wider blade of Leif's weapon lent it a more threatening presence. Surprised, Leif parried too late and two moves later, the sergeant disarmed him. "We talked food--no surprise there, the man has an excellent palate--and then I whipped him up some sweet cakes for breakfast.
If I don't send a message to my men every day, they will kill your brother." He held out a glass turtle. Yelena led the men on an impossible quest--to recover the Ice Moon from the Commander's mine. Kiki stuck her head out of her stall and gave him a morose look.
I tried to discover Leif's current location, but to no avail. Worry swirled in his chest as they disappeared over a slight rise.
His stocky build matched Leif's, but the man was about twenty years older than Leif's twenty-five. When they neared an alley, he feigned a sneeze, palming a couple darts. Leif knew that once they had him inside, all hope would be lost. Returning to the common room, he sat at a table in the back corner and ordered a beef steak.
He pulled a pan from one of the ovens, filled a plate with slices of roast beef, heaped on potatoes, and set it down on the counter. Just that he murdered a number of victims." "That doesn't sound familiar." "Not everything is widely publicized, Reilly. In the meantime, there's four Fulgor guardsmen here for you." Odd. With the added fuel of fear pumping through his body, he summoned his considerable strength and broke free. It didn't take a genius to guess that those guards weren't legit.
Fulgor, the capital of Moon Clan's lands, appeared to be about an hour's ride away. "Well done, girl." If she'd been another breed of horse and not a Sandseed, they wouldn't have reached Fulgor for another full day at least. "And for me..." He mulled over the inns and taverns in Fulgor, comparing cooks and chefs. Breathing became harder, and beads of sweat rolled down my back. One jab and the magician would be paralyzed, his magic neutralized. Brownish-green eyes with a downward slant stared back at me. Having an infamous reputation is handy in certain situations. Besides, Irys could have information on this Owen Moon. He didn't care if anyone recognized him on the streets of Fulgor, but he made sure no one saw him enter the small, nondescript townhouse a few blocks from the Councilor's Hall.
Most of his favorites would be asleep by now, but Reilly might still be awake. I crossed my arms and discreetly fingered the darts hidden in the fabric of my robe. "Put two fingers on your neck, here." I demonstrated with my left hand while my right palmed a dart. That means Valek isn't here, because if he was, you'd be dead. Yet I hesitated, curious about their reasons for being here. He was in his forties, and his all-black clothes emphasized his powerful build. Valek hopped off Onyx and entered the building, arriving at Irys's office without encountering anyone. The agent on duty shot to her feet when Valek appeared.
"The Weir Inn, please, Ru." Only a few souls braved the icy breeze snaking through the cobblestone streets of Fulgor. "Valek isn't here." "She could be lying," one of the men said. No pulse." One of the younger men blanched and glanced over his shoulder. Valek would have enjoyed picking them off one by one. He wasn't too surprised to find her working at her desk. She opened her mouth, about to launch into an update on what had been happening in the city, but he silenced her with a sharp wave of his hand.
"How about preserving your brother's life for incentive? " Doubt laced my voice, hiding the fear that threatened to make it quiver. He's in a secure location with my men," the magician said. She would miss Onyx's presence, but that couldn't be helped. He could still be in Moon Clan lands, or in Cloud Mist's lands, or even the Featherstone lands.
I'd rather save myself the trouble." "Good thing I anticipated your...reluctance." His smug smile sent a cold knife of dread into my heart. The inner core of the sculpture glowed with the magic that had been trapped inside. With it, the magician could communicate telepathically with another magician over vast distances. If Leif's life hadn't been on the line, the five intruders would already be dead. Because horses were only ridden by the Generals and special officers in Ixia, she had to stay behind and wait for Yelena to return.Leif breathed in deeply and his stomach rumbled in anticipation. No one has seen him around town or at the Councilor's Hall." Valek raced to the inn, beating the supper rush by just a few minutes. Valek's stomach grumbled, reminding him he hadn't eaten since yesterday.