Blades of Shadow
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Find out what Silver means. Silver is explained by Lauren Auty - author of Blades of Shadow

Silver

Daughter of Lord Bardhol, a character in the book Blades of Shadow.

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Chapter 1: Swords and Wings
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"... sound of his breathing down to a minimum Bardhol waited. Silver was strapping her daggers to her belt and was just about to reach for the door. It flew open. Silver jumped back a silent scream on her lips and one of her daggers in hand. "What in the name of all…" Bardhol motioned his ..."
"... "What in the name of all…" Bardhol motioned his daughter into silence and then for her to follow. Her soft leather boots barely made a whisper on the flagstone floor as they made their way out towards the court yard. Thoughts rushed around Silvers head but pushed them aside and focused on following her father. ..."
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"... deep dark brown leading down to white which shimmered in the moon light. Silver had only ever seen her fathers’ wings twice before once as a child and then when her mother had died of the fever all those years before. "I will not ask again, why are you here?" In a blinding flash of ..."
"...Silver was so focused on her father that she did not notice another cloaked figure stalking her from the shadows. Hands gripped tightly around her neck so tight that she could not cry out. In the struggle that ensued Silver managed to get her right arm free and reach for ..."
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"... reach for one of her daggers. As her vision began to grey Silver planted the small blade into her assailant’s arm, the grip only tightened. "Silver!" Bardhol pushed the body of the dead man off his blade and rushed to where Silver was rapidly losing her grip on consciousness. With a smooth ..."
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"... arm, the grip only tightened. "Silver!" Bardhol pushed the body of the dead man off his blade and rushed to where Silver was rapidly losing her grip on consciousness. With a smooth strike, the grip on Silvers throat immediately slackened. Silver managed to lift her head and would have ..."
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"... grip on Silvers throat immediately slackened. Silver managed to lift her head and would have wept if she could. Her father’s wings were tinged with blood. Silver felt a rage boil with in her lending her the strength to get back to her feet. "Father, you’re hurt" Silver placed a hand on ..."
"... "Father, you’re hurt" Silver placed a hand on his shoulder but quickly pulled it away. Without looking she knew it was slick with blood. A groan escaped from the man who had only a few moments before been choking the life from Silver. Ignoring his daughter Bardhol knelt down and dragged him into ..."
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"... neck gave Bardhol all the answers he needed and in that moment all his worst fears came into being. "Silver, take this” He passed his daughter the chain. "Keep it safe not matter the cost" "But…" "Just do it, now follow me we need to get out of here…alive" Bardhol took off and ..."
"...Bardhol took off and Silver was left to try and follow. Silver tried to watch every shadow. She could still feel hands around her neck. There was no time to think only time to keep moving and hope. With that Silver lost sight of her father and stopped dead in her tracks to look ..."
"... Blazing pain ripped through the left side of Silvers face. She bit her lip to stifle her scream and crept back into the shadows hoping that she could no longer be seen. Tentatively Silver raised her hand to her up her face, she almost screamed again as her finger tips found what was left of her ear. A ..."
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"... "That’s what you think" Silver chided her father yet she knew the truth in his words. That bolt could have just as easily killed her. She heard a grunt from the stables and jumped to her feet and almost laughed when she heard hoof steps. Ever obedient was Swordrunner, Bardhol’s war horse. ..."
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"... war horse. Silver was pulled into the saddle behind her father. Every step sent a jolt of pain from her ear down her neck. Only keeping her jaw clamped tightly stopped any sound escaping. Without a word of warning Bardhol put his war horse into a gallop, Silver had to bite her tonge. As they ..."
"... As they reached the gate Swordrunner reared nearly throwing Silver from the saddle. Three figures stood blocking the path. There was a faint tingle in the air. The magik they were using spooked Swordrunner and he was not going to take another step closer. Bardhol dismounted and patted his horse on a large muscular shoulder. ..."
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"... not going to take another step closer. Bardhol dismounted and patted his horse on a large muscular shoulder. "Steady old friend" He turned to his daughter eyes blazing "Silver go!" "No" Her voice almost chocked "Not without you and not without a fight" Before she had finished her words a ..."
"... "No" Her voice almost chocked "Not without you and not without a fight" Before she had finished her words a dagger had left her belt then her hand and found its way into the throat of the figure nearest to her. Ignoring his strangled cries Silver pulled another dagger from her belt and chose her target. Her father only just his blade up in time to block a killing blow. ..."
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"... extension of his sword. Silver knelt to retrieve her other dagger, keeping her eyes locked with the figure in front of her. A small buckler was strapped to the front of his arm so he could block but keep his second hand free for a second weapon. He drew two short swords. Slowly they circled one ..."
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"... free for a second weapon. He drew two short swords. Slowly they circled one another looking for any sign of weakness. Silver jumped forward to strike but was met with a solid defence and she gained a deep gash along her arm for her trouble. With all she speed she could find Silver swept ..."
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"... her trouble. With all she speed she could find Silver swept across with the dagger in her right hand but in mid-swing drew it back and came across with her left. The strike found its mark, the blade dug deep into his gut. Silver dragged the dagger across before pulling it free. Bardhol ..."
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"... into darkness, you made a fine swordsman" Silver rushed to her father’s side as he fell to the floor. From the first touch her hands were covered in blood and when Silver looked into her father’s eyes she could see they already held a death glaze. A groan escaped him. "Silver…please ..."
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"... father’s eyes she could see they already held a death glaze. A groan escaped him. "Silver…please go" Silver felt his hand squeeze her own. She could see the effort it was costing him. "Be…strong" Silver screamed as she saw her father’s chest rise and fall for the last time. With ..."
"... Silver screamed as she saw her father’s chest rise and fall for the last time. With his head held in her lap she cried out. She wanted anyone or anything to stop the pain. The moon passed behind a cloud as if it could not stand the sights and sounds ..."
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"... words in to his ear before leading him into the night. Out on the road footsteps echoed. Swordrunner’s ears flicked forward at the sound. Silver held a dagger with a white knuckled grip.. The footsteps where becoming louder. "Show yourself" The footsteps faded quickly in the ..."
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"... a white knuckled grip.. The footsteps where becoming louder. "Show yourself" The footsteps faded quickly in the opposite direction. Silver turned off the road and led the war horse towards a thicket of trees. Exhausted and weak Silver collapsed against a tree. She could now feel every ..."
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"... a thicket of trees. Exhausted and weak Silver collapsed against a tree. She could now feel every wound on her body, with her right arm held tightly against her chest Silver let out long keening sobs which were only answered by the wolves in the forests that surrounded Firth. A single star ..."
"... A single star shone through a break in the clouds. It took all of Silvers will power to tear her gaze away. It was so easy just to sit and stare and not to think but deep down Silver knew that would do little good and it certainly would not avenge her father. Pulling a dagger from her belt Silver marked out and area ..."
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"... that tried to cut into her hands. Silver gritted her teeth and continued, when she finally looked up the first streaks of dawn were showing in the sky. Gently Silver placed her father into his final resting place. Tears made streaks down her dirty face. "I’m so sorry father…I ..."
"...Leaning forward she kissed his cheek then set about replacing the earth. With a heavy heart Silver found some small stones with which she could mark his grave. Once the stones were set into the shape of a pair of wings Silver mounted Swordrunner and nudged him into a gallop. Silver didn’t look back. ..."
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"... Swordrunner and nudged him into a gallop. Silver didn’t look back. The sun was bright in the sky, seemingly blissfully ignorant of what had happened the night before. Silver could no longer hold the reins properly because her right arm throbbed so much. In the clear light of day she could ..."
"...gash that ran from her elbow almost down to her wrist. She was little more than a mass of blood and earth with eyes. Farmer, mother and child alike turned away from her on the road towards Firth each afraid of the trouble helping such a wraith would bring. Silver found the fact that no one recognised her more than a little troubling. Yet she dare not declare who she was for fear of what it would bring the attention of those who could still be hunting her. ..."
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"... the attention of those who could still be hunting her. Leaning heavily on Swordrunner, Silver made her way into the village in search of somewhere quiet so she could wash her wounds and leave without drawing to much attention to herself. The houses were mostly wood and thatch, apart from the ..."
"... The houses were mostly wood and thatch, apart from the main inn standing tall and proud in the centre of the village, which was a stone building with a tiled roof. Silver remembered the day when the tile had arrived. It had been the talk of the village for days. They had come for the far off city of Mulding. She almost smiled at the memory. ..."
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"... memory. Silver lost herself in the sounds of the village. The blacksmith had begun his work, mothers were shouting to their children and farmers were moving livestock from one place to another. Silver did not see the young man in front of her until she almost walked right into him. ..."
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"... place to another. Silver did not see the young man in front of her until she almost walked right into him. "Silver…Lady Silver?" His eyes were full of concern, fear and uncertainty. "How?..." "That’s Swordrunner and that horse only allows three people near him" It was only then that ..."
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"... Swordrunner and that horse only allows three people near him" It was only then that Silver recognised the person stood near her. It was Jasper her father’s stable hand and the only other person that Swordrunner would tolerate. "Jasper…" "We need to get you to a healer" Silver shook ..."
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"... the only other person that Swordrunner would tolerate. "Jasper…" "We need to get you to a healer" Silver shook her head "We can’t…just find me some where I can get cleaned up" "Lady Silver" "Shhhh" Jasper took Swordrunner’s reins in one hand and supported Silver with the other. ..."
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"... need to get you to a healer" Silver shook her head "We can’t…just find me some where I can get cleaned up" "Lady Silver" "Shhhh" Jasper took Swordrunner’s reins in one hand and supported Silver with the other. Slowly they made their way round the back of the ..."
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"... up" "Lady Silver" "Shhhh" Jasper took Swordrunner’s reins in one hand and supported Silver with the other. Slowly they made their way round the back of the blacksmiths, where there was always a trough of water for any horses that were waiting to be shod. "Lady Silver…what ..."
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"... their way round the back of the blacksmiths, where there was always a trough of water for any horses that were waiting to be shod. "Lady Silver…what happened?" "Just call me Silver" She knelt down in front of the trough and began to splash her face. It wasn’t long before the water was ..."
"..."Just call me Silver" She knelt down in front of the trough and began to splash her face. It wasn’t long before the water was little more than mud and blood. Jasper lifted the hatch at the end of the trough and let it empty before refilling it from the pump. He winced ..."
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"... it from the pump. He winced at the sight of the deep, semi-clean wounds across Silvers face and arms. "You’re going to need a poultice on that" Silver gave a nod of agreement. "Could you get me one please while I finish washing?" Jasper almost ran to the healers. Swordrunner was ..."
"...Jasper almost ran to the healers. Swordrunner was wearily watching any passers-by. As a trained war horse Swordrunner was not the friendliest or the most trusting of creatures and more than once he tried to take a bite out of someone who came too close. Silver did not mind his aggressive behaviour it kept people away who would have asked awkward questions. ..."
"...It took another two troughs full of water before Silvers wounds and the rest of her were anything that resembled clean. Her clothes were still filthy but there was little she could do about that. It wasn’t long after Silver had finished when Jasper returned carrying a small roll of linen and a jar of poultice. ..."
"..."This is going to sting" Jasper pulled the lid from the jar and began by smearing the ointment down Silvers arm. She gave a sharp intake of breath it did not sting it seared. Tears threatened to spill from her eyes but she did not cry out. As gently as he could Jasper wrapped a length of bandage around her arm. He then did the same to Silvers ear ..."
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"... around her arm. He then did the same to Silvers ear but this time she refused a bandage. Silver then sat on the ground with her head in her hands waiting for the worst of the pain to subside. "Silver what happened to Lord Bardhol?" The mention of her father’s name sent a fresh stab of ..."
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"... the ground with her head in her hands waiting for the worst of the pain to subside. "Silver what happened to Lord Bardhol?" The mention of her father’s name sent a fresh stab of grief through Silvers heart. "He’s dead" Saying the words made it seem all the more real "They killed him" ..."
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"... sent a fresh stab of grief through Silvers heart. "He’s dead" Saying the words made it seem all the more real "They killed him" Silver drew the chain from her belt pouch "This was the last thing my father gave to me. He told me to keep it safe" Jasper felt grief stricken himself. If it had not ..."
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"... He always had a kind word to say to all those who worked in the Dun. He was very popular with all he came into contact with. "Silver…I don’t know what to say…" "There is little you can say at least I’m not the only one who knows…" Silver gave a heavy sigh. "Don’t you think you ..."
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"... He was very popular with all he came into contact with. "Silver…I don’t know what to say…" "There is little you can say at least I’m not the only one who knows…" Silver gave a heavy sigh. "Don’t you think you should tell someone…the village mayor maybe? The people have a right to ..."
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"... maybe? The people have a right to know…" Silver vehemently shook her head "I’ve thought about that, I daren’t, yes they will go looking for those involved with my father’s killing but what they will bring down upon themselves by doing so?" "Silver I hate to ask this but what are you ..."
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"... go looking for those involved with my father’s killing but what they will bring down upon themselves by doing so?" "Silver I hate to ask this but what are you going to do?" "The only thing I can think to do is leave a message with the mayor tell him that father and I have been called to ..."
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"... you going to do?" "The only thing I can think to do is leave a message with the mayor tell him that father and I have been called to court in Mulding that we will be gone for several weeks….That should buy me some time" Silver did not sound overly confident in her words. "Buy you time for ..."
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"... there is not changing that but I can at least find out why…" "Silver…I have family in Mulding well my older brother owns a Tavern there. If nothing else at least it’s a place to stay while you decide where to move onto next" "Mulding seems as good a place as any right now" Jasper pulled ..."
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"... a place to stay while you decide where to move onto next" "Mulding seems as good a place as any right now" Jasper pulled himself up onto Swordrunner’s saddle and Silver sat behind. Silvers metallic hair flew out behind her as Jasper urged Swordrunner faster. Just as his former master had ..."
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"... Silvers metallic hair flew out behind her as Jasper urged Swordrunner faster. Just as his former master had been in life, the horse did not slow down nor weaken. The village was soon little more than a dot on the horizon. Jasper could only keep his eyes ahead and trust in Swordrunner’s footing. ..."
"...At eighteen summers old Silver stood tall and slender. Her long hair fell down to the middle of her back. Even caked in dirt the shine that gave Silver her name could not be hidden. Her father’s hair colour had been the same and he often said with a smile that it would mark ..."
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"... her memories were all she had of her father. "Silver….Silver" Jasper could not help the sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. Silver had not spoken since they had left the village and she had barely moved in the saddle for hours now. "Silver!" Silver nearly fell from the saddle. It ..."
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"... hours now. "Silver!" Silver nearly fell from the saddle. It wasn’t until she acknowledged that Jasper was speaking to her that she realised that she was soaked to the skin. Rain was lashing down in heavy sheets and visibility was little more than a handful of yards. "We should make for ..."
"...burnt out husk with only half the room remaining. There were no signs of life in the farm house either. They led Swordrunner into the driest part of the barn. Out of habit rather than anything else Jasper grabbed a handful of straw and began to rub Swordrunner down. Silver made her way towards the farm house. ..."
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"... her way towards the farm house. The door was open, Silver went inside. Absently she began to pull at her damp bandages they were beginning to irritate. With a vicious tug Silver pulled the bandages away, better to let her arm dry out than let the wound fester. It was clear as Silver went from ..."
"...It was clear as Silver went from room to room that the house had been left in a panic. What little furniture was left had been thrown aside rather than moved out of the way. Blankets had been left where they had been dropped as if the former occupants did not have time to ..."
"...As her fingers made contact with the blanket Silver could see faint images of people running around the room. She could hear a child crying out for its mother. Fear whipped through and around Silver then the images were lost in shadow. Like the ghosts of a dream the night before the vision faded and Silver lessened her ..."
"...Silver began to pick her way through the discarded clothes in the hope there would be something suitable for her. There were two shirts both looked as if they would have fitted her twice over but they were better than nothing and they were dry. Silver discarded her own shirt ..."
"...A single tear made a trail down her cheek. For as long as she could remember Silver had dressed like her father. The world of courts had never completely suited her. Court seemed to be little more than airs and graces and hiding embarrassment of stumbling over her skirts every few paces. Silver would never forget the first time her father had taken her to court ..."
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"... change was accepted and life continued. Silver let out a sad laugh at the memory. Jasper was stood in the door way, he could see the pain in Silvers eyes. He then noticed blood seeping through her shirt sleeve. "Silver" She looked up more than a little startled then handed him the other ..."
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"... door way, he could see the pain in Silvers eyes. He then noticed blood seeping through her shirt sleeve. "Silver" She looked up more than a little startled then handed him the other shirt. "You may as well have a dry shirt to" "Are you going to let me re-dress your arm?" Silver looked down ..."
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"... shirt. "You may as well have a dry shirt to" "Are you going to let me re-dress your arm?" Silver looked down she hadn’t noticed that the bottom half of her right sleeve had now become red. "I suppose you should" Jasper found a sheet of cloth, probably for a table. He tore it into ..."
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"... she hadn’t noticed that the bottom half of her right sleeve had now become red. "I suppose you should" Jasper found a sheet of cloth, probably for a table. He tore it into strips and re-bandaged Silvers arm. "Thank you Jasper…I really mean it thank you" "I understand. I really I do….I ..."
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"... I really I do….I lost my father as well not in the circumstances you did but….” Silver turned her eyes to Jasper a light of understanding shone there, she waited until he was ready to speak again. "It was a years ago now…it started off like a winter cold. Nothing that a few herbs ..."
"...that a few herbs from the healer couldn’t deal with yet something got to his lungs. A fever took hold, he couldn’t breathe. We had to watch him as if drowning not able to do a thing. My father did not know who I was just before he died" Silver placed a hand on his shoulder and then Jasper took her in his arms. Both losing themselves in pain and grief, after a few minutes Jasper pulled away and spoke again. ..."
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"... away and spoke again. "Silver I lost more than a lord the day you lost your father. He took me in as his stable hand. I was too young to go to the city as my brother did. He could not take me with him I had no home…I would have been nothing more than a beggar." "What about your ..."
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"... I’m trying to say is that in some small way I do understand" Looking into Jaspers eyes Silver knew she had a true friend. She really did not know what to say in reply to his huge gesture of trust and friendship. Silver sighed. "I’ll be honest with you Jasper. All I can offer you is a rough ..."
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"... Jasper. All I can offer you is a rough and probably fruitless journey…that and my deepest friendship” Jasper ignored the tear running down his own cheek and wiped one of Silvers away. "Listen everyone needs someone to watch their back from time to time" He paused to listen to something ..."

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Chapter 2: Travelers Haven
"...Silence swept across the land, no bird sang and no animal stirred. Silver felt her hand come to rest on the hilt of sword at her hip. The silence made for uneasy travelling, both Silver and Jasper found themselves looking back for any sign they were being followed. Swordrunner feeling the tension in his riders would occasionally flick his ears and grumble ..."
"...Time moved slowly out on the grass lands, it was grey and damp. The solitude was oppressive. They did not turn towards the road through fear they would be seen and in turn remembered. With each day that passed Silver felt a fever bite deeper and deeper into her body. She kept silent, there was little Jasper could do out in the middle of nowhere. Silver steeled herself and focused on the horizon ahead. ..."
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"... of nowhere. Silver steeled herself and focused on the horizon ahead. On the fourth day Silver could barely move, Jasper had to lift her into the saddle. His hand brushed Silvers hand it was hot and looked swollen. "Silver" "Huh?" Jasper placed the back of his hand against Silvers ..."
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"... the fourth day Silver could barely move, Jasper had to lift her into the saddle. His hand brushed Silvers hand it was hot and looked swollen. "Silver" "Huh?" Jasper placed the back of his hand against Silvers forehead; he drew his fingers back with a hiss, her skin felt as if it were ..."
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"... His hand brushed Silvers hand it was hot and looked swollen. "Silver" "Huh?" Jasper placed the back of his hand against Silvers forehead; he drew his fingers back with a hiss, her skin felt as if it were aflame. "You have a fever…" "I know" Jasper stood in Swordrunner’s stirrups in ..."
"...Mulding was a city surrounded by towering stone walls. Only the roofs of the tallest buildings could be seen above the grey stones. It was not until Silver and Jasper got closer that they could see the state of ill repair the wall was in. Great cracks ran its length; the mortar was crumbling leaving small piles of debris at the base of the wall. ..."
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"... leaving small piles of debris at the base of the wall. The guards at the gate seemed more interested in idle gossip. They barely gave Jasper a second glance as he rode through the gate with Silver slumped against his back. Once inside the city proper it was clear that the buildings ..."
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"... the signs were faded and the paint cracked but at least it didn’t seem as if the street was about to come down on top of them both. Silver groaned. "Silver…." Jasper got no response. "Excuse me?" Jasper asked a small man who passed close by. "What is it?" He snapped back. "Do you ..."
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"... and the paint cracked but at least it didn’t seem as if the street was about to come down on top of them both. Silver groaned. "Silver…." Jasper got no response. "Excuse me?" Jasper asked a small man who passed close by. "What is it?" He snapped back. "Do you know where I can find the ..."
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"... plaster but the sign had been freshly painted showing someone getting ready for bed. Jasper left Swordrunner in one of the stables at the side of the building and had to carry Silver round to the front door. "Falon won’t mind we sorted ourselves out, shall we go say hello?" Jasper had hoped ..."
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"... building and had to carry Silver round to the front door. "Falon won’t mind we sorted ourselves out, shall we go say hello?" Jasper had hoped to rouse some sort of response out of Silver. He was deeply worried when he received none. Jasper was pleasantly surprised when he opened the door to ..."
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"... kept you alive but it did not keep you full. "Falon! Can you help?" "Jasper…" It was then that Falon noticed Silver being held in his brother’s arms. "Get her up stairs first room on the left, the door will be open" Jasper nodded and made for the door. "Cook! Get yourself up stairs. ..."
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"... nodded and made for the door. "Cook! Get yourself up stairs. We’ve got an emergency!" Jasper was placing Silver gently down on the bed when Falon almost threw himself into the room. "What in the name of all the hells Jasper? Is that who I think it is?" "It’s Silver" "Lady ..."
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"... down on the bed when Falon almost threw himself into the room. "What in the name of all the hells Jasper? Is that who I think it is?" "It’s Silver" "Lady Silver…and what is she doing here at deaths door?" "Out of my way…" The cook was a small plump woman but her voice carried her ..."
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"... threw himself into the room. "What in the name of all the hells Jasper? Is that who I think it is?" "It’s Silver" "Lady Silver…and what is she doing here at deaths door?" "Out of my way…" The cook was a small plump woman but her voice carried her command from the bottom of the stairs. ..."
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"... a small plump woman but her voice carried her command from the bottom of the stairs. As she came into the room the cook rather unceremoniously shoved Falon out of her way and went straight to Silvers side. The cook shook her round face, dismay was painted across it. "Falon get me the best ..."
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"... Get yourself down stairs one of the girls will give you boiling water and it must be boiling!" Falon was out of the door and taking the stairs two at a time while Jasper was still staring at Silver. "What are you waiting for boy? Move yourself!" Within a matter of minutes Falon was back in the ..."
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"... shot an angry glare at them both. "Falon can you hold her down, I need to clean these wounds" The cook mixed the wine with the boiling water and began to pour the mixture into the gash on Silvers arm. Falon had her shoulders pinned but she did not move. "Falon take your bother down ..."
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"... the mixture into the gash on Silvers arm. Falon had her shoulders pinned but she did not move. "Falon take your bother down stairs…." She glanced from Silver to Jasper "Get him a drink…brandy" Falon looked into the cooks eyes. He did not need to say the question aloud. Cook leant forward ..."
"..."Falon…Lord Bardhol is dead. You were right it is Silver in your room up- stairs. It was almost a week ago now…all the servants…dead" Jasper could hear the screams ringing in his ears. In his minds eyes he could see the body at his feet with the pool of blood creeping ever closer. It was all he could do ..."
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"... for his brother to continue. "I escaped out of the servants passage…It wasn’t until I was in the village the next morning that I ran into Silver. If it hadn’t been for Swordrunner I wouldn’t have recognised her. She was caked in blood and earth" Falon shook his head, his large ..."
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"... around his mug. "Do the people know?" "No, Silver left a message with the mayor saying that she and her father had been called to court. All she said was that he had been murdered….she hasn’t spoken of what happened or how she got away" "Those wounds should have killed her ..."
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"... stomach sink. Falon looked to the cook his face spoke louder than words ever could, give my brother some hope. "Jasper, get some rest. Silver will be fine for now see her when you wake" Falon led Jasper to the room next door to his. "Jasper I know I’m about to ask the impossible of you but ..."
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"... her when you wake" Falon led Jasper to the room next door to his. "Jasper I know I’m about to ask the impossible of you but please try and get some sleep. You will be no good to Silver if you are in a heap from exhaustion" Jasper paced back and forth across his room then threw him-self onto ..."
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"... in a heap from exhaustion" Jasper paced back and forth across his room then threw him-self onto the bed. Sleep came in fits and starts all he could think of was Silver. As soon as the first light of dawn came through the gaps in the shutters Jasper left his room. Silver looked at peace with ..."
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"... gaps in the shutters Jasper left his room. Silver looked at peace with the world. Jasper stood and watched, she was breathing if nothing else. Jasper sat on a small stool by Silvers side, his head rested on his arms and he fell into a deep sleep. Falon smiled as he saw his brother slumped ..."
"...Light shone onto Silvers eyes. She began to stir but a wave of pain sent her back into the blackness. She felt the light again it was not so bright, this time she forced her eyes open. The room was unfamiliar and empty, sounds drifted from what she assumed was down stairs. Silver ..."
"...Silver placed her hands onto the bed and tried to push her-self into a sitting position. Pain raced up her right arm and her head throbbed. The world threatened to disappear into darkness again. She let herself fall back onto the pillows. Silver tried to call out but no voice ..."
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"... tried to call out but no voice would come to her dry throat so she closed her eyes and waited. A cool hand touched her brow, Silver opened her eyes. A small plump woman was smiling down at her. "Now here’s a pleasant surprise" "What…" Silvers voice was a dry croak. The woman held a mug ..."
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"... plump woman was smiling down at her. "Now here’s a pleasant surprise" "What…" Silvers voice was a dry croak. The woman held a mug of water to her lips. Silver tried to drink it all in one swallow and almost chocked. "Slowly my girl" Silver tried again. "Where am I?" "The city of Mulding, ..."
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"... voice was a dry croak. The woman held a mug of water to her lips. Silver tried to drink it all in one swallow and almost chocked. "Slowly my girl" Silver tried again. "Where am I?" "The city of Mulding, in the Travellers Haven" That name rang a bell within Silvers mind. "Jasper?" Her voice was ..."
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"... drink it all in one swallow and almost chocked. "Slowly my girl" Silver tried again. "Where am I?" "The city of Mulding, in the Travellers Haven" That name rang a bell within Silvers mind. "Jasper?" Her voice was a dry whisper again. Another mug of water was held to Silvers lips. "Down ..."
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"... am I?" "The city of Mulding, in the Travellers Haven" That name rang a bell within Silvers mind. "Jasper?" Her voice was a dry whisper again. Another mug of water was held to Silvers lips. "Down stairs helping his brother" Silver smiled before closing her eyes and drifting to sleep. The ..."
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"... mind. "Jasper?" Her voice was a dry whisper again. Another mug of water was held to Silvers lips. "Down stairs helping his brother" Silver smiled before closing her eyes and drifting to sleep. The cook smiled as she came into the common room. Jasper rushed over. "How is she?" "Still ..."
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"... Jasper rushed over. "How is she?" "Still sleeping but doing well" Six days had passed since Jasper hand bought Silver into the Travellers haven. To pass the time Jasper had taken to helping Falon in the common room. It had been cooks polite suggestion. Cook made her way towards Falon and ..."
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"... waited until his brother had his back to him and then took the door way to the stairs. Silver heard her door being pushed open. A tall stranger stepped into the room. He looked remarkably like Jasper. "Lady Silver, how are you feeling?" "You don’t need to call me Lady…Thank you for your ..."
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"... the stairs. Silver heard her door being pushed open. A tall stranger stepped into the room. He looked remarkably like Jasper. "Lady Silver, how are you feeling?" "You don’t need to call me Lady…Thank you for your help but who are you?" "Forgive me I am Falon. Jaspers older ..."
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"... had poisoned your blood. Before I tell Jasper you are awake I thought I would speak to you. Do you remember what happened to you?" A tear ran down Silvers face. "All too well" "Is there anything I need to know?" "Only if you know what this is" Silver reached for the pouch, her grip so weak ..."
"..."Only if you know what this is" Silver reached for the pouch, her grip so weak and shaky it almost fell to the floor. She pulled out the chain her father had given her. It seemed like a life time ago already. Silver could not help but find it strange that the world had kept on turning ..."
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"... I speak with your cook first? I want to thank her" "Of course I’ll just get her for you" The cook came up the stairs and beamed when she saw Silver sat up in bed leant against her pillows. "Falon said you wanted to speak to me" "I wanted to say thank you for everything you have done ..."
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"... you?" "Not a thing, the fact you are alive is more than enough Silver, I’ll get Jasper for you" The cook gave a hearty laugh "It will be nice not to be pestered with questions every five minutes. Silver you must understand that it will be some time before you regain your strength" It seemed ..."
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"... it will be some time before you regain your strength" It seemed only a matter of seconds before Jasper was running up the stairs. Silver smiled judging by the noise Jasper was making he must have been taking the stairs two at a time. "Silver, Silver!" He was shouting with the sheer joy of ..."
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"... by the noise Jasper was making he must have been taking the stairs two at a time. "Silver, Silver!" He was shouting with the sheer joy of seeing her awake. "By the Lord and Lady it is good to see you awake" Silver winced his shouts felt as if they were trying to pierce her skull. She waved ..."
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"... the sheer joy of seeing her awake. "By the Lord and Lady it is good to see you awake" Silver winced his shouts felt as if they were trying to pierce her skull. She waved for him to quieten his voice. "Sorry Silver…" "Falon said I’ve been here almost a week and cook said you have been ..."
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"... good to see you awake" Silver winced his shouts felt as if they were trying to pierce her skull. She waved for him to quieten his voice. "Sorry Silver…" "Falon said I’ve been here almost a week and cook said you have been driving her mad" Jasper could not help but smile back at Silver. ..."
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"... voice. "Sorry Silver…" "Falon said I’ve been here almost a week and cook said you have been driving her mad" Jasper could not help but smile back at Silver. He didn’t care. She was alive and to him that was all that mattered. "So what’s been happening?" Jasper mused for a moment ..."
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"... barely alive. Cook spent every spare moment she could with you, tending your wounds and making sure you didn’t get worse" Silver felt a wave of exhaustion wash over her. "Jasper…" Her eyes closed of their own accord. Silver forced them open again "Do you mind if I go back to sleep…I’m ..."
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"... sure you didn’t get worse" Silver felt a wave of exhaustion wash over her. "Jasper…" Her eyes closed of their own accord. Silver forced them open again "Do you mind if I go back to sleep…I’m so….tired" Jasper helped Silver settle back down onto the bed and left Silver to rest. It ..."
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"... of their own accord. Silver forced them open again "Do you mind if I go back to sleep…I’m so….tired" Jasper helped Silver settle back down onto the bed and left Silver to rest. It was late in the evening when there was a tap at the bedroom door. Falon stepped into the room carrying a ..."
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"... settle back down onto the bed and left Silver to rest. It was late in the evening when there was a tap at the bedroom door. Falon stepped into the room carrying a small tray covered in a white cloth. The smell made Silvers stomach growl. "A week without a proper meal will do that to you" He ..."
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"... there is nothing that I can give you and cook?" "A gag for my younger brother if you like" He said with a deep hearty laugh "Seriously, Silver for the time being just focus on getting your strength back we’ll take care of things for now" As the days past Silver felt her strength start to ..."
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"... care of things for now" As the days past Silver felt her strength start to return. Under the cooks’ careful scrutiny and with a lot of help from Jasper she was on her feet again within a week. As the weeks passed she was able to spend most of the morning on her feet. "Jasper I want to go to ..."
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"... I stay inside much longer I’m going to go mad" As the sun came up the next morning Silver began to get ready. As soon as she was dressed Silver made her way down to the kitchen. A small package of bread and cheese was waiting on the table. "In case you are gone a while I have made you and ..."
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"... bread and cheese was waiting on the table. "In case you are gone a while I have made you and Jasper some dinner. I hope you find the answers you want Silver" The plump woman wrapped her arms around Silver in a motherly hug. Silver returned the gesture. "Thank you, I really mean it" "You’re ..."
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"... you, I really mean it" "You’re most welcome my dear" As she left the kitchen Silver found Jasper talking to his older brother. Falon gave her a dazzling smile. She’d seen women swoon at that smile. Silver laughed. "I know that look Falon and you know it won’t work with ..."
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"... laughed. "I know that look Falon and you know it won’t work with me" "Worth a try, take your time and I’ll see you both back her later. Good luck Silver. Jasper make sure you keep an eye on her she’s trouble" With a smile of her own Silver grasped Jasper by the arm and they walked out ..."
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"... later. Good luck Silver. Jasper make sure you keep an eye on her she’s trouble" With a smile of her own Silver grasped Jasper by the arm and they walked out of the Travellers Haven into the streets of Mulding. ..."

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"... – Dark streets, darker people. There were very few people out on the streets at such an early hour. The harlots that walked the streets at night had long since found a room for the day. Silver double checked that her chain was in her belt pouch. The streets around the Travellers Haven ..."
"...Silver found she could have watched the smoke drift all day but thoughts of her father pulled her away. As the centre of the city drew closer the stalls became shops and more permanent establishments. The dirt streets gave way to cobbled road ways and beggars and merchants gave way ..."
"...Silver felt her eyes go wide at the sight of the temple. A large white marble building stood in the centre of several beautiful tended gardens. Its walls were pure white. An enchantment in the walls meant there was not a single smudge of dirt from the city stained its ..."
"...Silver walked away from Jasper and towards a pool of water. It was the first time she had looked at herself properly in days. Silver wasn’t sure if she recognised the person staring back. It wasn’t just the change in physical appearance that bothered her the most it was the ..."
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"... light reflected off the walls making the temple look like the night sky. Silver watched and waited for someone to finish their prayers, a young girl stood and when she had finished lighting her candles Silver approached. "Excuse me" "Mm" "I was wondering if there was anyone I could speak to ..."
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"... me" "Mm" "I was wondering if there was anyone I could speak to about this?" Silver drew the chain from her belt pouch. At this point Jasper approached, he noticed that a light shone in the girls eyes. It was the light of someone who had sworn their vows to the goddess. "That’s a ..."
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"... vows to the goddess. "That’s a strange looking chain" Silver watched as the girls eyes narrowed. "There’s little I can tell you I’m afraid. I’ll find Kamas for you; he is the head scholar here. If you wouldn’t mind waiting I’ll only be a moment" "Silver, what do all ..."
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"... mind waiting I’ll only be a moment" "Silver, what do all these symbols mean?" Jasper was pointing to a section of black marble floor covered in small gold leaf symbols and runes. Silver looked at Jasper a little confused. "You mean you don’t know? They are people’s names. ..."
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"... he died but I have never been to a temple or seen a priest or priestess. This is a first for me…" "I’m sorry Jasper" "Don’t be I’m not, Silver do you have a symbol?" Silver knelt down and licked her finger, she drew a large sweeping shape that looked like a set of wings on their side. ..."
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"... Silver knelt down and licked her finger, she drew a large sweeping shape that looked like a set of wings on their side. Just as she stood and was about to explain a tall grey haired man with an equally greying beard came out from one of the many side doors to appear at Silvers side. The ..."
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"... an equally greying beard came out from one of the many side doors to appear at Silvers side. The man was wearing a long dark robe with emerald lining. He offered his hand to Silver and then to Jasper. "My name is Kamas. Mosley told me I can be of some assistance to you" "Thank you for coming ..."
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"... Mosley told me I can be of some assistance to you" "Thank you for coming so quickly" Silver drew the chain out from her belt pouch and held it out for Kamas to see. The priest looked down into Silvers eyes, his manner changed almost instantly. "I think you should both follow me…now" Kamas ..."
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"... changed almost instantly. "I think you should both follow me…now" Kamas did not turn around to see if Silver and Jasper followed. He walked with the arrogance and self -assurance of someone who was used to being obeyed. Kamas held the door to his small office open. As they stepped inside ..."
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"... door shut far harder than was needed. "I could tell you something of that trinket but only if you tell me how it came to be in your possession" Silver narrowed her eyes and made herself stand taller she was not about to intimidated when she had come so far. "If you can tell me about this" Silver ..."
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"... taller she was not about to intimidated when she had come so far. "If you can tell me about this" Silver kept her voice cold and hard "Then you will help me shed some light onto those who murdered my father and my friends" "Just who are you?" "I am Silver, daughter to Lord Bardhol" "That ..."
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"... cold and hard "Then you will help me shed some light onto those who murdered my father and my friends" "Just who are you?" "I am Silver, daughter to Lord Bardhol" "That would explain your arrogance and your lack of thought before defiling this place through ignorance. I will give you this ..."
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"... that or take your own lives it would be a mercy" Kamas turned his back and did not say another word he merely waited for Silver and Jasper to leave. Silver did not turn away, nor did she shout but her words carried her anger none the less. "If this is all the help a servant of the Lord and ..."
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"... door now, you couldn’t forsake your vows any further!" Kamas still did not react; he kept his back to Silver. With her hope dying Silver walked from the temple and back out into the streets of Mulding. All Jasper could do was follow. The sky darkened and rain began to fall. The streets that ..."
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"... to sift through his thoughts. It was if he was stood there, the dark rider watched as Swordrunner and his riders made their way through the gate and into the city. Jasper sat at the reins with a weakened Silver slumped behind. It was all he needed to know. The rider pulled his blade back ..."
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"... Falon jumped as the door to the Travellers Haven flew open and slammed back against the wall. Jasper and Silver moved towards the fire leaving a trail of rain water behind them. They wanted to get warm and dry before any of the other patrons claimed the warmest seat in the common room. ..."
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"... any of the other patrons claimed the warmest seat in the common room. "I’m guessing by that entrance that you didn’t get the help you needed?" Falon gave a sympathetic smile though it did nothing to improve Silvers mood. "You could say that…" Falon gave Silvers shoulder a gentle squeeze. ..."
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"... the help you needed?" Falon gave a sympathetic smile though it did nothing to improve Silvers mood. "You could say that…" Falon gave Silvers shoulder a gentle squeeze. "Sit yourself by the fire and I’ll get you both some mulled wine. We’ll work something out" Just as Silver was about to ..."
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"... Just as Silver was about to raise the mug of wine to her lips the door flew open and slammed so hard into the wall that some of the plaster crumbled. A red faced city guard stepped into the common room. His oiled cloak dripping water all over the floor, it was still raining heavily outside. ..."
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"... the city watch is in question, it is my business to do what- ever needs to be done!" Silver felt her face bleach and her stomach sink. Deep in her gut she knew that this was to do with her. She looked to Jasper. "We have to get out of here…" Even though she whispered Silvers voice carried to ..."
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"... Deep in her gut she knew that this was to do with her. She looked to Jasper. "We have to get out of here…" Even though she whispered Silvers voice carried to the guard who was still trying to stare Falon down. "You are going nowhere! Not until you can find someone to say who you are and ..."
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"... "Fine" Silver made her-self walk to the stairs but as soon as the door closed behind them Silver and Jasper broke into a run taking the stairs two at a time. It took only moments to grab their belongings and go down to the kitchen before running out of the back gate. Silver looked ..."
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"... stairs two at a time. It took only moments to grab their belongings and go down to the kitchen before running out of the back gate. Silver looked around the street. "Which way?" "North gate" Jasper said no more he merely led the way. Naturally bad news travels fast. But in Mulding it was ..."
"... Silver was glad of the rain so she could hide her scarred face and metallic hair deep within the hood. It felt like a game of cat and mouse only they didn’t know where the cat would pounce from or how large it was. Jasper made for one of the ..."
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"... so they would be off the main streets. Silvers eyes glazed over as pain exploded across the back of her head. She tried to warn Jasper but the words would not form on her lips. Silver sprawled unconscious landing in the wet and filth that was on the ground. A tall man seemed to be made of the ..."
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"... ground. A tall man seemed to be made of the shadows surrounding him began to rummage through their pockets and pouches. Pulling the chain from Silvers belt pouch the man let it drop into the muck before picking it up again. On closer inspection it really was what it appeared to be. With a ..."
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"... inspection it really was what it appeared to be. With a shake of his head the man dragged the two unconscious forms further into the dank alley and sat on a stone step to wait for them to wake. It was over an hour before Silver began to stir. ..."

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Chapter 4: Sailson
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"... mixture of venom and determination. The man started off as a vague blur. Slowly sights and sounds came into focus. The world was still spinning as Silver tried to lift her hand and reach for her dagger. Panic sharpened her focus as all she found was air. Kicking her-self for not watching her ..."
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"... sharpened her focus as all she found was air. Kicking her-self for not watching her surroundings more closely Silver tried to stand but all she heard was a thud. It was only when she felt her knees become wet Silver realised she had fallen. "I wouldn’t try and stand yet if I were you" ..."
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"... she felt her knees become wet Silver realised she had fallen. "I wouldn’t try and stand yet if I were you" Silver saw that the man was stood with his back to her looking down at another body she could only assume it was Jasper. "Jasper…" The man had a small cudgel in his right hand and a ..."
"...The man had a small cudgel in his right hand and a large sword strapped to his back. He was wearing a dark shirt and darker breeches. Long leather boots laced up to his knee. What struck Silver as odd was the lack of a cloak and how dry the man seemed to be. On closer inspection the blade was not what an average thief would own. Silver supressed a rising panic and the bile that rose with it. The sword hilt started just above his head ..."
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"... "He’ll wake up soon enough don’t worry" The stranger turned so Silver could see his face. His eyes were cold, harsh and unforgiving. A long scar ran from his left eyebrow down into his neck. Even though it was an old wound it was still red. Silver doubted if it would ever heal completely. ..."
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"... doubted if it would ever heal completely. "Who are you and what do you want?!" Silver spat at the strangers feet, completely ignoring the gesture as the man drew something from around his neck and held it up for Silver to see clearly. It was the chain. "Missing something" Any panic or fear ..."
"...Any panic or fear that Silver felt was washed away in an instant by her anger. Without a thought for the consequences Silver forced herself to her feet and threw herself snarling at the man. With a speed that seemed beyond humanly possible the man grabbed Silver as he side stepped, pulled her back around ..."
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"... may be the only chance you and the boy have” "Chance?!” Silver practically screamed the word. A rough hand covered her mouth. Silver tried to struggle as the man whispered harshly into her ear. His voice held more impatience than anger. "I’ll carry the boy, for the love of god stay ..."
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"... than anger. "I’ll carry the boy, for the love of god stay silent" Silver nodded and was unceremoniously dumped onto the floor. A gentle something brush her hair followed by a whisper Silvers froze where she was. "Trust him" It was her father, it was his voice. With seemingly little ..."
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"... gentle something brush her hair followed by a whisper Silvers froze where she was. "Trust him" It was her father, it was his voice. With seemingly little choice Silver followed a few paces behind the stranger. Silver had long since given up keeping track of all the twists and turns of the ..."
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"... Silver had long since given up keeping track of all the twists and turns of the streets and alleys she was led down. Her head hurt and her thoughts kept drifting back to her father. All she could do was place one foot in front of another and hope she didn’t loose sight of her guide. They ..."
"...Silver watched as something moved within the shadows. Her guide stopped as a tall woman stepped forward. She had long dark hair that fell almost to her waist and her dress looked as if had been made from the night sky. She was slim with a beautiful figure and the ..."
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"... comprehend and who need far more help than I could possibly give" "Then why are you trying Sailson?" Silver stood close by making no effort to hide the fact that she was listening to every word of their conversation. "Because I’m the only one who knows what they are up against and the ..."
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"... out" The woman turned to face Silver, her eyes like her hair and clothes glistened and shone in the way only the night sky can. Under her scrutiny Silver felt every ache twice as hard as before and the ridges along her back burnt anew. Silver tore her gaze away and shook her head. "You are ..."
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"... through this" The woman turned around and began to walk next to Sailson. "Lady, give me strength" Silver whispered as she followed both Sailson and his companion. All she had was the back of Jaspers head for company. Silver desperately wanted him to wake, to have someone with her that like ..."
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"... companion. All she had was the back of Jaspers head for company. Silver desperately wanted him to wake, to have someone with her that like her did not have a clue as to what was going on. With Jasper unconscious she felt lost. Sailson stopped outside a small wooden door. The timber was rotten ..."
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"... a clue as to what was going on. With Jasper unconscious she felt lost. Sailson stopped outside a small wooden door. The timber was rotten to the core. Silver couldn’t even begin to guess how it was still on its hinges. As Sailson raised a hand to push the door open his companion leaned ..."
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"... they had just been. Sailson lay Jasper down onto the floor and slammed the door closed behind him, it fell shut with a solid thud, which struck Silver as odd. Any door in the condition that was in would have fallen apart if it was pushed shut let alone slammed. Inside was a small plain ..."
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"... little to dismiss the gloom but it did add some much needed warmth. "Jasper?" Silver gently ran a hand though Jaspers hair, she was careful to avoid the large lump left by Sailson’s cudgel. Slowly his eyes fluttered open. "Silver….where are we?" Jasper tried to raise his head off the ..."
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"... fluttered open. "Silver….where are we?" Jasper tried to raise his head off the floor. He gave a sharp intake of breath and lay back down again. Sailson, now aware that Jasper was awake knelt down to look into his eyes. Jaspers pupils were large. Sailson shook his head. "What is it?" Silver ..."
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"... now aware that Jasper was awake knelt down to look into his eyes. Jaspers pupils were large. Sailson shook his head. "What is it?" Silver did not look at Sailson as she spoke. "He’s probably concussed. Your friend may be a little off balance for a while" "Who’s he?" Jasper was mumbling ..."
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"... moment in time you are resting in one of the many thieves refuges that are in this city" Silver shook her head "So would you mind telling me what is happening now that you have at last introduced yourself" Sailson’s manner changed, his eyes narrowed and the fire light that played across his ..."
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"... played across his scar making him look menacing. "I dare say you know far more about what is happening than I do. Care to explain how you came across this?" Sailson raised a hand and drew out the chain. Past caring Silver met him glare for glare. "You knock us both unconscious drag us here and ..."
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"... drag us here and you dare ask what is happening?! I think you have more to say" Sailson couldn’t help but smile at Silvers show of temper. With a bit a spirit they would all stand a better chance. "Very well, though be aware I do not intend to explain me very action to you. That piece ..."
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"... all stand a better chance. "Very well, though be aware I do not intend to explain me very action to you. That piece of jewellery you carry is more than just decoration" Sailson watched as something between anger and heart ache painted its way across Silvers face. "That much I do know" "What ..."
"..."You were right Sailson they are in far more danger than they could know" The same gentle voice from earlier came from the shadows. Silver had no idea how long she had been stood there, she bit her tongue on what she was going to say. Silver decided she would trust Sailson up to a point but this stranger was a different matter entirely. ..."
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"... This is important tell me everything" Not knowing what else to do, Silver relived the night her father died. She spoke of the blood and death. Of how she got away and came to be in Mulding and now how she was sure she too was being hunted. "Silver" Sailson shook his head and gave her ..."
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"... hunted. "Silver" Sailson shook his head and gave her an admiring glance. Silver looked right into his eyes, she didn’t remember telling him her name but somewhere along the line she must have done. "Now I need you to listen carefully and if you can get your friend to stand…" ..."
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"... I need you to listen carefully and if you can get your friend to stand…" "Jasper" "If you can get Jasper to stand that would be better" Sailson continued to speak as Silver coaxed Jasper to his feet. "I’m going to help get you and Jasper out of this city..." "But what do you know ..."
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"... you know about this?" "That’s a question for another time" Silver turned to face Sailson, her eyes met his and she knew that there was no way she was going to get the answers to any of her questions any time soon. "Come on Jasper…" After several tries Silver managed to get Jasper ..."
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"... there was no way she was going to get the answers to any of her questions any time soon. "Come on Jasper…" After several tries Silver managed to get Jasper on his feet and have him steady enough to stand. A distant scream bought their situation into sharp focus. Sailson placed his hand on his ..."
"..."There are coming and death walks with them" If Silver didn’t know better she would have said that Sailson was fearful. He swiftly stepped across the room and opened a small door that was buried deep in the shadows of the back wall. The woman kept her eyes on Sailson, waiting on his next move before she decided hers. ..."
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"... tip to point out the doorway. "Down there, keep moving until you reach the bottom and keep silent" A thin, worn and damp spiral stair case led Silver and Jasper downwards into pitch darkness. Silver found that it was painfully slow going. She had one arm wrapped around Jasper to stop his from ..."
"...Silver found that it was painfully slow going. She had one arm wrapped around Jasper to stop his from falling and the other arm out stretched so she could feel the wall. Damp ran down the stones and the smell of mildew filled Silvers nostrils. The stench got worse the ..."
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"... lower beneath Mulding they travelled. Silver stumbled as her feet finally made contact with level ground. The darkness was oppressive yet in a matter of moments it was lifted by a small glowing light that seemed to be coming from the top of the stairs. Silver took a step backwards but kept ..."
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"... lifted by a small glowing light that seemed to be coming from the top of the stairs. Silver took a step backwards but kept her eyes locked on the light. A mixture of hope and fear had her stomach churning. "Are you safe?" A huge weight lifted off Silvers shoulders as she hear a familiar ..."
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"... "Are you safe?" A huge weight lifted off Silvers shoulders as she hear a familiar voice. As Sailson’s companion came off the last step the source of light became clear. Hovering just above her left hand was a small ball of flame. Jasper who had never seen a work of magik before stood wide eyed. ..."
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"... only sounds that could be heard were the echoes of their own footsteps. A cold draught came from further along the tunnel forcing the smell of damp further up Silver and Jaspers nostrils. Jasper felt his stomach heave. They stopped at a cross roads. The orb of flame was left floating in ..."
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"... wait here, Sailson will be with us soon enough" Silver moved away from Jasper and went to warm her hands. Jasper who was still rather unsure about the use of magik kept as far from it as possible while still remaining with in the light. "Jasper it won’t hurt you" Jasper took a ..."
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"... often than not it doesn’t show but some can channel it and use it. I am one of those lucky few" Silver nodded she as not completely unfamiliar with magik as her father had some talent for the art. “What is your name?” The woman gave a small smile “Ukisha” Ukisha turned away from the ..."
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"... for Balath’s amusement. Sailson thought about giving chase and running his old enemy through but he had others to think of now. Ukisha looked to Silver. "Don’t follow. I’ll return" Jasper looked to Silver, her face had gone deathly pale. "Jasper…" Silver took a few steps forward ..."
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"... his old enemy through but he had others to think of now. Ukisha looked to Silver. "Don’t follow. I’ll return" Jasper looked to Silver, her face had gone deathly pale. "Jasper…" Silver took a few steps forward only to be pulled back by Jasper. "What can you do…we have no weapons. ..."
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"... looked to Silver. "Don’t follow. I’ll return" Jasper looked to Silver, her face had gone deathly pale. "Jasper…" Silver took a few steps forward only to be pulled back by Jasper. "What can you do…we have no weapons. Neither of us can summon fire…" Silver turned angry eyes onto ..."
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"... a few steps forward only to be pulled back by Jasper. "What can you do…we have no weapons. Neither of us can summon fire…" Silver turned angry eyes onto Jasper. "I can’t…" Her words trailed off as Silver realised the truth of their situation. There was little choice, for now they would ..."
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"... Neither of us can summon fire…" Silver turned angry eyes onto Jasper. "I can’t…" Her words trailed off as Silver realised the truth of their situation. There was little choice, for now they would have to wait. The stairs were soon within sight and without a second thought Ukisha dashed ..."
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"... It was almost a minute before he answered. "They’re on the move…" Every minute felt like an eternity to Silver as they waited. The only sound was the faint dripping of water from somewhere above. The silence was broken by the sound of footsteps and hushed voices. Ukisha was ..."
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"... and hushed voices. Ukisha was the first to step into Silvers line of sight. She felt herself heave a sigh of relief, though the relief was short lived. Sailson’s face had taken on a new edge, his muscles tense and his hand kept hovering to his sword hilt. "Follow" Was all he said ..."
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"... and his hand kept hovering to his sword hilt. "Follow" Was all he said before moving on. The pace Sailson set was hard and fast and it was some time before Silver worked up the courage to speak. "Sailson…where are we?" Sailson did not turn around or stop as he answered "We are under the ..."
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"... time as it is we keep moving!" The light being carried by Ukisha dimmed slightly before retuning. Sailson shot her a dangerous look. Ukisha replied with a knowing smile. Silver watched the exchange with curiosity there was far more to this pair than met the eye. Silver felt her back burn as her ..."
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"... there was far more to this pair than met the eye. Silver felt her back burn as her skin was being stretched over the ridges down her back. She didn’t want to know if it was sweat or blood that was pooling by her shoulder blades. Sailson looked back "Are you in pain?" "It’s nothing, ..."
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"... to amaze me where life will choose to grow" Surprising both Silver and Jasper, Sailson carefully stepped over the flowers before bracing his back against hatch in the ceiling. After throwing his weight against the door several times if flew open. The light was almost blinding. Silver stood ..."
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"... ceiling. After throwing his weight against the door several times if flew open. The light was almost blinding. Silver stood with one hand shielding her eyes the other taking hold of a hand that was offered to her. "Well you took your sweet time didn’t you?" Chapter Five – Prophesy. The ..."
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"... quite some time. Silver looked around at the trees, dry leaves and fine pine needles that littered the floor looked as inviting as a feather bed. With complete disregard for those around her Silver lay down and let the warm afternoon sun lull her into an exhausted sleep. Jasper went to check ..."
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"... for those around her Silver lay down and let the warm afternoon sun lull her into an exhausted sleep. Jasper went to check on Silver but Falon grabbed his arm and pulled him back. "She needs her rest leave her alone for now…she pushes herself too hard" Jaspers eyes turned to Sailson, ..."
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"... at the moment but it won’t be long" "Look after yourselves and return when you can…" Falon shook Sailson by the hand, embraced his brother and smiled down at Silver before turning away. It wasn’t until the light of dawn touched Silvers face that she woke. She looked around there ..."
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"... at Silver before turning away. It wasn’t until the light of dawn touched Silvers face that she woke. She looked around there was no sign of Jasper or Ukisha but she could hear someone moving. Assuming it was Sailson, Silver made her way towards the sounds Sailson was going through sword ..."
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"... sword stances flowing from one to another with the grace of a dancer. Silver watched as he moved from one form to another, if Sailson had noticed her watching or was bothered by it he gave no sign, he continued. Sailson felt his sword resonate and he saw Silver walk into his peripheral ..."
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"... bothered by it he gave no sign, he continued. Sailson felt his sword resonate and he saw Silver walk into his peripheral vision. There was untapped power in her soul and Sailson knew that it would not be long before it bubbled to the surface. Silver was concentrating so deeply that she never ..."
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"... her soul and Sailson knew that it would not be long before it bubbled to the surface. Silver was concentrating so deeply that she never noticed Sailson brush her mind and begin to glance through her thoughts. The night had been cold she remembered that clearly. Sailson was not surprised by the ..."
"...The night had been cold she remembered that clearly. Sailson was not surprised by the brutal fighting. What did astound Sailson was skill of Silver’s father with a blade. The best swordsmen he knew would not have survived half as long as he did. Silver’s memories moved to Bardhol’s death. Sailson withdrew at this point not wishing to witness Silvers sorrow. ..."
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"... at this point not wishing to witness Silvers sorrow. Sailson continued with his sword stances and hoped that Silver could not see a single tear falling from his left eye. A gentle brush of his mind was followed by Ukisha’s thoughts. ‘We all have our burdens to carry Sailson. You are not ..."
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"... words power was growing but this was only a single prophesy in a world with a history full of them. "Are you alright Sailson?" Silvers gentle voice snapped Sailson back from his thoughts. "Just thinking…" Silver turned at the sound of footsteps Jasper was making his way towards them with ..."
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"... from his thoughts. "Just thinking…" Silver turned at the sound of footsteps Jasper was making his way towards them with Swordrunner walking behind. The big war horse looked around, nuzzled Silvers hand before moving off to find a patch of grass. Silver smiled but it faded with the moment. ..."
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"... horse looked around, nuzzled Silvers hand before moving off to find a patch of grass. Silver smiled but it faded with the moment. Jasper watched Sailson as they all sat in a strange sort of amiable silence. It was Silver, who finally spoke, "If you don’t mind my asking…but where are ..."
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"... grass. Silver smiled but it faded with the moment. Jasper watched Sailson as they all sat in a strange sort of amiable silence. It was Silver, who finally spoke, "If you don’t mind my asking…but where are we?" It was Ukisha that answered. "We are out on the grass lands a few days ride ..."
"...Silver nodded in agreement, she knew all too well what Ukisha meant. Without a word she stood up and walked away. Silver could feel blood snaking in a warm trickle down her back and her skin was burning again, she didn’t want anyone to see her pain. Silver felt she’d ..."
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"... still use the power Sailson" Her voice was full of scorn. "If Silver is going to survive… or any of us for that matter we need every weapon at our disposal even if it means using the weapons of our enemies" Ukisha nodded she did not disagree with Sailson yet she knew that deep ..."
"...Stars began to fill the sky and Silver walked back into the camp. Sailson had a small fire burning the light throwing harsh shadows across his face making Sailson look harder and colder than she had seen him before. Ukisha looked weary, the shadows making her face look even paler than it naturally was. ..."
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"... before. Ukisha looked weary, the shadows making her face look even paler than it naturally was. Silver felt pity for these people that she alone had dragged into her life and all its troubles. "You’ve been gone a long time Silver, are you well?" Silver gave a faint smile that didn’t ..."
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"... it naturally was. Silver felt pity for these people that she alone had dragged into her life and all its troubles. "You’ve been gone a long time Silver, are you well?" Silver gave a faint smile that didn’t touch her eyes “Nothing new and nothing that time won’t heal” Silver ..."
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"... into her life and all its troubles. "You’ve been gone a long time Silver, are you well?" Silver gave a faint smile that didn’t touch her eyes “Nothing new and nothing that time won’t heal” Silver wished she could believe what she was saying but her red rimmed eyes betrayed her. ..."
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"... “Nothing new and nothing that time won’t heal” Silver wished she could believe what she was saying but her red rimmed eyes betrayed her. They were nothing but words to her, fine words for the wise but completely empty to her. Sailson kept his eyes on the fire. His voice was as cold ..."
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"... his eyes on the fire. His voice was as cold as his face. "Silver we are going to move on tomorrow. The town that Ukisha told you of…we’re going there. I’m hoping for some information and more of an idea as how I am best to help you" "I hope so because I haven’t got a prayer of fighting ..."
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"... a prayer of fighting what I don’t understand" Jasper looked at Silver. He couldn’t help but admire her; she was still standing and willing to fight on. His only wish was that he could stop her pain even if it was for just five minutes. The night was still warm even without the fire which ..."
"...The night was still warm even without the fire which now burned down leaving glowing embers. Silver stirred every time she felt she was about to drift into sleep a memory of the past or a flicker of what was yet to be would flash across her mind. The meaning seemed just beyond her reach. She rolled over to watch Jasper who was in a deep ..."
"...After countless hours the first streaks of dawn painted across the sky. Silver resigned herself to the fact that she was not going to sleep. Once there was enough light to see clearly by Silver rose and walked over to her bags. Slowly she pulled her shirt away from her back. Silver gave a sharp hiss: her back had bled during the ..."
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"... the night and her shirt had stuck to her back. Taking her daggers Silver began to sweep through the training stances that her father had taught her. She was desperate to regain the strength in her arms she had lost during her time in Mulding. "You have quite a talent, but I haven’t seen ..."
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"... like that who was your teacher?" Silver was not startled and her only reply was to swing round and rest a point of a dagger on Sailson’s throat. When he didn’t move or flinch, memories of the man who killed her father flashed through her mind. An icy calm swept over Silver and her ..."
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"... When he didn’t move or flinch, memories of the man who killed her father flashed through her mind. An icy calm swept over Silver and her expression and stance was harsh and unforgiving. With a cold smile Sailson shook the last of the mornings dew from his hair and drew his own daggers from ..."
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"... and stance was harsh and unforgiving. With a cold smile Sailson shook the last of the mornings dew from his hair and drew his own daggers from the back of his belt. He raised the blade to eye level and tilted it so it was flat and one edge was facing Silver. "Perhaps… Silver you are willing to ..."
"..."Perhaps… Silver you are willing to let me test your skill?" Silver raised her dagger to her eyes and held it the same way as Sailson held his. This was an acceptance of his challenge. With a dagger in each hand she began to circle Sailson watching his moves for any ..."
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"... to circle Sailson watching his moves for any sign that there may be a gap in his defences. Sailson only moved slightly, keeping Silver within sight but not showing where he was going to move next. Silver leapt forward and the song of metal meeting metal rang out. It started slowly each only ..."
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"... but not showing where he was going to move next. Silver leapt forward and the song of metal meeting metal rang out. It started slowly each only dealing an occasional hit, but it wasn’t long before blows were raining in quick succession. It was taking all of Silvers skill to keep ..."
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"... It was taking all of Silvers skill to keep Sailson’s blades away from her skin. Each feint was more intricate than the last. A mixture of sweat and blood painted her back. Silver hoped and prayed it would not run down her arms, the last thing she could afford right now was for her grip to slip. ..."
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"... was for her grip to slip. Silver had to cross her daggers in front of her face and fall to the ground to avoid a face slash. Yet Silver allowed her fall to become a backwards roll and was on her feet before Sailson could take advantage of the ground he had gained. Silver used her left hand to ..."
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"... of the ground he had gained. Silver used her left hand to deliver a vicious upper cut while swiftly closing a gap in her defences with her right. Metal bit into metal and spark flew as the blades met. They jumped apart and began to circle one another again. "Who are you?" Silver gulped air ..."
"..."Who are you?" Silver gulped air into her lungs it felt as if she’d been holding her breath for hours. Sailson took a step back only to leap forward attacking Silvers flank, all she could do was side step. She was tiring and had to save her energy for her next all-out attack. ..."
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"... knew Sailson wanted her to waste her rapidly depleting strength. If she was to finish this she would have to finish it quickly. "You know who I am Silver…" Being so lost in each other neither Silver nor Sailson had noticed Jasper watching wide eyed or Ukisha stood next to him as if she ..."
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"... would have to finish it quickly. "You know who I am Silver…" Being so lost in each other neither Silver nor Sailson had noticed Jasper watching wide eyed or Ukisha stood next to him as if she had been expecting this sooner. "What should we do?" Ukisha turned her dark eyes to Jasper ..."
"...Ukisha pointed at Silvers blades. At first Jasper thought that it was the sunlight reflecting on the metal but as it grew brighter he realised that her daggers had taken on a light of their own and it was getting brighter by the second. In contrast Sailson’s blades were pulsing with darkness and ..."
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"... Ukisha walked away. "You don’t care?!" Jasper shouted accusingly. "Whether I care or not Jasper this was going to happen with or without us. I suggest you come with me unless you wish to risk hurting yourself or Silver" Jasper looked back over his shoulder but followed Ukisha to what she ..."
"...Silver struck out, far quicker than Sailson could have ever have anticipated the metal bit deep into the flesh on his arm. Blood began to flow and his muscles threatened to weaken but Sailson tightened his grip and refused to be distracted. Knowing her next move would have to swing ..."
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"... and began to circle again. Slowly the light around Silver faded leaving a faint yet distinct aura. Disturbingly the shadow that had been wrapped around Sailson was now moulding to his back. Jasper would have cried out in horror but fear had chocked all words from him. "You are holding back ..."
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"... horror but fear had chocked all words from him. "You are holding back thief why?" Silvers voice had changed. It had taken on a musical quality. She graced Sailson with a wide smile, a smile that would be given to old friends or maybe old enemies. "I am not the only one who holds back" Jasper ..."
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"... held themselves, proud and powerful, in a way that commanded respect. They slipped back into their silent fight. Silver and Sailson were moving so fast that it was impossible to tell what was happening. Ukisha smiled. "You need not worry they are nearly finished" Jasper did not acknowledge ..."
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"... wasn’t sure he could her even hear her. As Ukisha finished speaking Silver and Sailson stepped apart. Sailson had blood running down his arm. Silver held a hand to her shoulder blood flowed between her finger tips but her face did not show any pain. "You fight with honour thief, as light is ..."
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"... shoulder blood flowed between her finger tips but her face did not show any pain. "You fight with honour thief, as light is to shadow you are worthy" Silver smiled at Sailson. He nodded in acknowledgement. "You fight with honour child, as shadow is to light you are worthy" Both fell to ..."
"... Jasper practically threw himself to the floor he nestled Silvers head in one arm and wiped the blood away from her shoulder with the other. As he pulled Silvers shirt back from her shoulder the deep gash he was expecting to find was not there. All Jasper saw was a thick knotted scar that could have been there for ..."
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"... find was not there. All Jasper saw was a thick knotted scar that could have been there for years. "Jasper…" Silvers voice was hoarse nothing like how she had sounded only a few minutes ago. "Silver" Jasper took both her hands in his and looked her in the eyes. He had never seen her look ..."
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"... Silvers voice was hoarse nothing like how she had sounded only a few minutes ago. "Silver" Jasper took both her hands in his and looked her in the eyes. He had never seen her look as solemn as she did now. "Silver do you remember anything of what happened between you and Sailson just ..."
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"... both her hands in his and looked her in the eyes. He had never seen her look as solemn as she did now. "Silver do you remember anything of what happened between you and Sailson just now" Her hair fell in front of her face as she nodded. "Only in bits and pieces…everything is spiralling out ..."
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"... another persons’ advice would be useful right now" Silver eyes snapped up at Sailson as stepped towards them. Sailson watched with amusement as Silvers eyes went from dangerously narrow to wide with shock. Jasper sat in stunned silence. "Sailson…" Silver shook her head trying to regain her ..."
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"... with amusement as Silvers eyes went from dangerously narrow to wide with shock. Jasper sat in stunned silence. "Sailson…" Silver shook her head trying to regain her composure. "Were you marked in anyway?" "No…only this scar" "Then it was only me" Sailson shrugged his shoulders, ..."
"...Sailson shrugged his shoulders, darkness flowed from his back and pair of wings unfurled. The whole area was plunged into shadow. Silver reached out to touch his wings, she gasped as her hand passed straight through them. Seemingly solid Sailson’s wings were as insubstantial as the shadow that made them. ..."
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"... the mood to try and explain the situation to anyone. With that he dropped to the ground like a stone. "Sailson!" Silver placed a hand on his head "Jasper, build a fire. He’s as cold as ice” Sailson felt each dagger strike across his mind before his sight came back. As he opened his eyes and ..."
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"... ice” Sailson felt each dagger strike across his mind before his sight came back. As he opened his eyes and stood. He looked across the clearing and saw himself and Silver circling one another. Sailson shook his head trying to clear the surreal feeling that had settled on his body. A breeze ..."
"...A breeze brushed Sailson’s face but it did not move the leaves on the trees or the grass by his feet. As the battle progressed the breeze grew stronger and it seemed to murmur with distant voices. The voices grew stronger, Sailson watched as he and Silver changed. As the words on the wind began to tickle the edge of his hearing he realised that he was now watching two completely different people. It was not only the way they held themselves these beings moved with a grace that was unsurpassed Sailson could only stand in ..."
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"... Memories he thought he had buried even if he hadn’t forgotten them. "Jasper he’s still so cold" Silver took her hand way from his head "What are you hiding from us Sailson?...What is it you cannot tell us?" Silver looked around in panic "Jasper any sign of Ukisha?" Jasper walked ..."
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"... cold" Silver took her hand way from his head "What are you hiding from us Sailson?...What is it you cannot tell us?" Silver looked around in panic "Jasper any sign of Ukisha?" Jasper walked around the clearing looking for any sign of footprints. If Ukisha had left the clearing she had walked ..."
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"... walked around the clearing looking for any sign of footprints. If Ukisha had left the clearing she had walked away on air. "Silver there’s nothing, we’re on our own" "We can’t turn around and give up now…we’re dead if we do. We have to find a way to save him…without him…" Silver ..."
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"... walked away on air. "Silver there’s nothing, we’re on our own" "We can’t turn around and give up now…we’re dead if we do. We have to find a way to save him…without him…" Silver let her words hang in the air. Sailson forced himself to think, words of prophesy were still echoing ..."
"...Sailson forced his eyes open and saw Silver knelt by his side. He felt her hand on his forehead, she was gently singing to herself. There was a clear aura around her, the same shining light he had seen within his own mind. She looked like an angel, it was sometime before he could speak his voice ..."
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"... an angel, it was sometime before he could speak his voice was a dry hiss.. As she moved away Sailson came completely back to himself. The aura around Silver faded and Sailson could see just how worn she really looked. "Thought we’d lost you for a minute there, how are you feeling?" Sailson ..."
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"... thanked the stranger from the bottom of his heart as he placed the water skin to his lips and let the water dampen the fire in his throat. "Jasper, Silver?" "You recognise us now?" Jasper took the water skin back from Sailson. Silver could not help but smile with relief but that smile was short ..."
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"... lips and let the water dampen the fire in his throat. "Jasper, Silver?" "You recognise us now?" Jasper took the water skin back from Sailson. Silver could not help but smile with relief but that smile was short lived. "Sailson you should know, Ukisha is missing" Sailson nodded his ..."
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"... before. Sailson worked the moisture around his mouth before he tried to speak. "She’ll be back when she’s good and ready and not before. Don’t worry" When he tried to stand Silver pushed him back down. "Not yet" "Silver what do you remember?" "As I told Jasper, only bits and pieces, ..."
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"... be back when she’s good and ready and not before. Don’t worry" When he tried to stand Silver pushed him back down. "Not yet" "Silver what do you remember?" "As I told Jasper, only bits and pieces, you’re best of asking him he saw the whole thing" "I’ll leave that one till later. One ..."
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"... enough. Like in battle where in the haze you find a level of skill you never knew you had" Silver didn’t look satisfied with her explanation yet Sailson understood perfectly. Jasper shook his head. "Sailson what in all the hells is going on?" Sailson gave a bitter laugh "Wish I knew…Wish ..."
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"... were still grazing where they had left them. Sailson stepped towards the horses. Swordrunner watched him closely but much to Silvers surprise the war horse didn’t try and bite him. He bolted onto the grey horse and patted it gently on the neck. "We can’t stay here, we need to move on. From ..."
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"... and bite him. He bolted onto the grey horse and patted it gently on the neck. "We can’t stay here, we need to move on. From now on Silver, we begin to fight back" His voice was a mixture of venom and determination. ..."

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Chapter 5: Shaker
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"... they promised. Nights were damp and cold with only their cloaks for shelter. The cold didn’t just seep into their bones but in to their souls as well. They rode in silence. With no sign of Ukisha and the silence continuing to drag Silver felt despair beginning to bite. Late on the third ..."
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"... was filled with the sound of heavy rain. Rain was lashing down in sheets and the wind whipped up into a frenzy forcing the rain sideways rather than down. There was nothing Sailson could do but keep his head down and hope Silver and Jasper would follow. Silver was relived to get to the stables ..."
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"... Silver and Jasper would follow. Silver was relived to get to the stables she handed Swordrunner’s reins to a sleepy stable boy and gave explicit instructions just to stable him and leave him. Sailson did not speak to the boy he just marched past towards the Inn. Little attention was paid to ..."
"...Silver tried to shake some of the water from her hair before sitting down by the fire. It did not matter her hair was on show it was so wet that it looked dark and limp. Jasper sat beside her and stared into the flames his mind full of everything ..."
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"... Sailson stood with his back against the wall so he could see everyone in the common room but more importantly the door. "Are we safe here?" Silver kept her voice at a whisper. "We are for now" Sailson’s eyes never left the doorway "Strangers often pass through here so three more shouldn’t ..."
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"... make any difference" Silver nodded then went in search of the inn-keep. All she wanted now was a warm bath and a roof over her head for the night. Just as she reached the bar a tall, gentle eyed man made him-self known as the inn keep and warmly greeted her. "My you look sodden, are you ..."
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"... warmly greeted her. "My you look sodden, are you wishing to stay?" Silver waved her hand casually to Jasper and Sailson "How many rooms do you have because my companions wish a room as well" Silver gave a travel worn smile. "We have two left so if the gentlemen don’t mind sharing they are ..."
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"... if the gentlemen don’t mind sharing they are all yours" Silver waved them to come over. Sailson reached into a pouch on his belt and handed over several Silver coins in answer. The inn keep looked at the amount in his hand wide eyed. "For that I expect food bought to our rooms and hot ..."
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"... Still with the wide eyed shock at the amount money in his hand the inn keep nodded and motioned for them to follow. All the while he rambled about business and the weather. Silver paid little attention all she wanted to do was bathe. Sailson looked ready to throttle the man just to get some peace. ..."
"...A sharp left took them down an extremely narrow corridor. Across from each other were two wooden doors that looked little more than drift wood nailed together. Silver peaked around the door to her left. The room was plain and simple but it was clean. The mirror was cracked and the bed looked lumpy but to her it seemed a palace. A maid was filling a large copper tub with pails of steaming water. ..."
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"... a palace. A maid was filling a large copper tub with pails of steaming water. “Thank you” Silver smiled at the maid and waved her away when she asked if there was anything else before closing the door. Jasper closed the door and sat on the edge of one of a small bed in the room he was ..."
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"... anyway" The silence grew heavy. Ukisha left the room. Silver lay back in the warm water listening to the rain. She guessed it was long past midnight. The water was bliss. The ridges that ran the length of her back were on fire. Silver gritted her teeth and forced herself to sit up. The ..."
"...Silver gritted her teeth and forced herself to sit up. The water was going to go cold and she knew that sitting in cold water all night was going to kill her before any pain would. Biting her lip Silver forced herself to stand and then to dress. There was ..."
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"... hand she wiped the blood away on a shirt sleeve. Silver lay on the bed as pain began to rip through her body. She kept her head in her pillow so could not cry out. The last thing she wanted was for Jasper or Sailson to see her like this. ..."

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Chapter 6: Darkness swarms
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"... him he would not be able to finish. A bead of cold sweat glistened as it ran down Silvers face. A tear fell from her eyes and landed on the pillow. They were not tears of physical pain but pain from the promise she knew her father could never keep. Silver didn’t turn around when she felt ..."
"...Silver didn’t turn around when she felt a hand upon her shoulder. Assuming it was Jasper she reached round and took the hand that was offered. Yet it was not the warm, calloused hands she was expecting they were cold and almost insubstantial. Forcing her unwilling eyes open Silver turned ..."
"...broad shouldered man looked much as he had in life. His long hair was held at the nape of his neck in a warrior tail. A sword still hung at his hip and his wings were still deep brown and white of a falcon. The only real difference that Silver could see in Lord Bardhol was the faint nimbus of light that shone around him. ..."
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"... see in Lord Bardhol was the faint nimbus of light that shone around him. "Father…no" Silver sobbed harder than she ever had in her life "If this is some twisted vision sent to torment me…leave me to my grief" Bardhol’s expression was a mixture of joy at seeing his daughter and despair ..."
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"... of joy at seeing his daughter and despair at seeing her in such a state. "Silver my daughter, look at me" His voice was firm but his eyes shone with all his emotion. Silver felt everything her father was feeling. Silver began to cry but this time it was from joy rather than pain. Placing ..."
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"... all his emotion. Silver felt everything her father was feeling. Silver began to cry but this time it was from joy rather than pain. Placing an arm around his daughter Bardhol helped his daughter first to sit and then to stand. "You truly thought I wouldn’t keep my word. I promised on the ..."
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"... that I would be by your side when your wings came. I swore that even death would not hold me back" Silver spoke through gasps of pain "I thought they were only words, noble words but only words" If it wasn’t for her father’s arm Silver would have dropped to the floor as another wave of fire ..."
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"... words" If it wasn’t for her father’s arm Silver would have dropped to the floor as another wave of fire broke over her back. Silver looked at her father, not daring to breathe in case she was in a dream. Lord Bardhol led his daughter from the inn through the empty streets of Shaker. Along ..."
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"... didn’t speak, he watched as Jasper left the room then stood up and followed. The door to Silvers room was wide open there was no trace of her. Jasper put his hand in the bath water, it was stone cold. "Sailson she’s gone!" Sailson had his eyes closed there had been another ..."
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"... of emotion was beginning to unnerve him. "Just keep your mouth shut and follow" Sailson could only just sense the direction Silver had been taken but it was fading now and would soon be lost to the night. Silver felt the wind play through her hair, it was cool and soothing. She didn’t ..."
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"... Silver felt the wind play through her hair, it was cool and soothing. She didn’t mind the sharp salty tang that came from the sea. Her father had bought her to the waters’ edge and now he was guiding her out to the deeper water. Silver did not stop until the sea was lapping around her waist. ..."
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"... did not stop until the sea was lapping around her waist. The only sounds were the water and the occasional gull screeching somewhere in the distance. The stars were reflected on the water, to Silver the water was not cold but welcoming. Ukisha watched the spirit enviously when his task was ..."
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"... aside Ukisha turned towards a darker presence further along the beach. Bardhol gently lowered his daughter into the water, but kept hold so she would not drift. When the water came to Silvers nose she began to fight it. "Silver I can’t explain it completely but your wings need to be born in ..."
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"... to Silvers nose she began to fight it. "Silver I can’t explain it completely but your wings need to be born in water. Mine were born in river it only seems fitting yours should be in the sea. Don’t fight this you know how to breathe so breathe" Water slipped over Silvers face and the ..."
"...Water slipped over Silvers face and the stars were lost in the darkness. Hoping against hope Silver made herself breathe. She braced herself for water to flood her lungs. It never happened, only air. Silver didn’t have time to wonder at the surreal feeling as pain blazed down her back. Only bubbles passed ..."
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"... tried to scream. Her skin began to tear apart, blood exploded into the water and salt water rushed into the newly formed wounds. Silver screamed and cursed but the lack of sound made her angry and frustrated. A mix of blood and water covered Lord Bardhol’s hands. With a final cry Silver ..."
"...With a final cry Silver felt her wings slip forth from her back. It was only now that Silver noticed that in her struggles she had ripped her shirt away from her body. Water tried to force its way into her lungs, with a strength only leant by desperation Silver pulled herself to the ..."
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"... herself to the surface and held onto her father while she gasped for air. From nowhere laughter pierced the darkness. A tall woman with a sword at her hip was wading into the water towards Silver and her father. "So you are the one that is spoken off" Her voice was still full of laughter "I ..."
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"... the one that is spoken off" Her voice was still full of laughter "I fail to see what all the fuss is about" Silver forced herself to stand. She felt something being pressed into her hands. "I cannot fight in the land of the living any longer but while you have need this is yours" Bardhol had ..."
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"... being pressed into her hands. "I cannot fight in the land of the living any longer but while you have need this is yours" Bardhol had drawn a sword from his hip. To look at it Silver would not have thought it was real yet the weight in her hand told her otherwise. With a fierce light in her ..."
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"... at it Silver would not have thought it was real yet the weight in her hand told her otherwise. With a fierce light in her eyes Silver walked towards the shore where she could find firmer footing. "Silver!" Jasper cried out as she saw a woman with a blade lunge at Silver. Sailson already had ..."
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"... the shore where she could find firmer footing. "Silver!" Jasper cried out as she saw a woman with a blade lunge at Silver. Sailson already had his long dark blade drawn and was running towards something unseen further down the beach. It took Jasper too long to separate the moving shadows ..."
"...Silver forced her weight forward she was now locked hilt to hilt with the woman in front of her. Knowing that she did not have the strength to force herself any further Silver dropped to the sand with such a speed that her enemy stumbled. In that fleeting moment Silver ..."
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"... shadow fly from the blade throwing Balath across the sand. By the time Silver reached them Jasper was leaning heavily on his quarter staff, his eyes focused on the sand at his feet. Sailson had Balath by the hair and was pulling him up. Silver watched. "You always were to easily distracted you ..."
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"... was leaning heavily on his quarter staff, his eyes focused on the sand at his feet. Sailson had Balath by the hair and was pulling him up. Silver watched. "You always were to easily distracted you know that should have cost you your life…but I thought I’d talk to you first" Balath locked ..."
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"... know why" Sailson answered by giving him a vicious slap around the face. "It’s about time you learnt a little respect" Something in Sailson’s voice made Silver take a step back. "Shall we try again?" Sailson pulled his head so far back that Balath could only speak in a strained ..."
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"... what you have seen, let him know what has begun" Silver did not follow Ukisha and Sailson back towards the town, instead she made her was back to the edge of the water. Easing herself down Silver knelt and let the surf play against her knees. Silver watched as her father walked across the ..."
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"... and let the surf play against her knees. Silver watched as her father walked across the water and back through the gates to the lands of the dead. Before he took the final step Lord Bardhol turned to look at his daughter, his eyes shone with pride. "I know you will do what needs to be done" ..."
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"... shone with pride. "I know you will do what needs to be done" Silver felt tears spill from her eyes all she could do was nod, whatever words she was going to say died in her throat. When he passed through the gate Silver couldn’t help herself she began to keen and sob. Ukisha watched as the ..."
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"... sorry" Silver forced herself to stand, her legs screamed in protest. Her whole life was being torn apart and now she felt as if she had lost her father all over again. She forced all her emotions down, ignored the weight of her wings and walked towards Jasper, Sailson and Ukisha. At the ..."
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"... of her wings and walked towards Jasper, Sailson and Ukisha. At the sight of Silver, Sailson took the cloak from around his shoulders and wrapped it around her. She seemed completely oblivious to the fact she was half naked. Silver looked him straight in the eye her voice was a ..."
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"... around his shoulders and wrapped it around her. She seemed completely oblivious to the fact she was half naked. Silver looked him straight in the eye her voice was a whisper. "Why should I trust you?" Sailson shook his head "You have no reason to but I will ask you to listen to what I have ..."
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"... promise you is that I will listen" Sailson got the horses from the stable while Silver and Jasper fetched their things. They rode from Shaker and through the rest of the night. It was not until dawn began to streak the sky that Sailson allowed them to stop. Jasper helped Sailson set up a small ..."
"...Jasper helped Sailson set up a small camp just inside a copes of trees. A small fire was beginning to burn. Silver sat her eyes blank as she stared into the flames, it was clear that her thoughts were far away. Ukisha sat beside her in what seemed like companionable silence but Sailson knew she was watching for any reaction, any sign of life. Ukisha was ready for any reaction Silver ..."
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"... for any reaction, any sign of life. Ukisha was ready for any reaction Silver could give. It wasn’t until Sailson sat on the opposite side of the fire that Silver acknowledged his existence. "There is only one reason I have not killed you Sailson, my father told me that I should trust ..."

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