Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 23: Consignment (Part 2)

The weatherworn shed still stood beside the slaves’ entrance, its front door slightly ajar. Weeds crawled through the furrows of peas and squash, and the kale was beginning to brown and wilt. The rainbarrel beside the door was half-full, and a few soggy leaves floated in the water inside. The door to the scullery itself […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 23: Consignment (Part 1)

The sounds of battle grew louder the deeper into Baris we snuck. With Mister Valentin’s pronouncement ringing in my ears alongside the cries and conflict, my heart pounded in my chest more heavily with every step. In my mind’s eye, Miss Datsia’s loyalists lurked around every corner, and a volley of arrows threatened to fly […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 22: Counter (Part 3)

My master’s ears flicked, his tail bushed out behind him as he stared at Mister Valentin’s arm. “I still don’t understand how Taneh’s supposed to deal with this. Aura—” “I haven’t time to explain,” the sage snapped back. “Taneh, air to purify, fire to soften, water to heal. Can you remember that?” My ears flattened […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 22: Counter (Part 2)

With every step towards Baris, the city came further into focus. The low-hanging stars became flickering torches, and the flat tops of the walls became more and more jagged. As Deterikh’s capital became more clear, though, my heart became more clouded. A skein of relief ran through me as I caught sight of the wooden […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 22: Counter (Part 1)

Sadly, Miss Aura’s estimates proved to be too generous, and the sun had set by the time we approached Baris, a blocky line of black set against deepest blue. It it hadn’t been for the witchlights’ steady glow in the windows of Deterikh Tower, I might have mistaken it for a new constellation. As it […]