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 […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 21: Return (Part 3)

Within minutes of leaving Krolik’s eastern gate, the leagues began to flow past like miles. Kelena’s hoofbeats thundered against the ground as Miss Aura drove her, and the axles squealed ominously beneath us. Before, the loose rocks and furrows had been an inconvenience. This time, though, the walls and floor shook as every little bump […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 21: Return (Part 2)

Miss Aura must not have been told of the plan, or had chosen to overlook it; Miss Rena’s door remained tightly shut, and no sound came from within. Mister Valentin let out an exasperated sigh and shook his head. “Of all the times….” He knocked at the alchemist’s door, one hind bouncing in anticipation. “Aura?” […]

Bonds of Silver, Bonds of Gold 20: Void (Part 2)

Miss Aura stood at the entrance to the Jazinski alchemist’s lab, her paws pressed tightly together before her, a casual smirk set on her muzzle. “That was quite the performance,” she called down the hallway. “I’d have wagered you rehearsed it.” Her voice only quavered as she got to the final word. Erik’s answer was […]