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Ascension 3, 4 Everyone had retired to their rooms, but I doubted that any of us would get any more sleep that night. Certainly I was wide awake with anxiety and with anger, though I laid down and feigned sleep for a time, feeling like I was suffocating in the thick blankets until the darkness at last faded from the sky, and the stars blinked out one by one. Even then I waited where I was, watching soft pink bleed across the new morning sky, followed by orange and then pale blue as the sun rose over the horizon, a blinding white disk that outshone all of the stars that stood along with it in the sky. Even when the orb had cleared the horizon, I stayed in my bed and watched it climb higher and higher. Aida would be well on her way to Valond on Nina’s ship by now, and Kole would be schooling her on behaving like a proper noble. I prayed to Eanna that the seas were calm for her, but there was little else I could do. Tillie had said to prepare, but ho
A Noble's Bard, Sec 13 The sounds of battle were all around, echoing off of the city walls in screams and cries and shouts. The tearing of skin beneath blades, the clash of metal on metal, the ping! as arrows hit armor and the thump as they hit flesh; it all chorused through the air like a grotesque orchestra. I had entered a curious state of hearing without listening, the only way in which I could cope with so many terrible sounds around me, and was fighting off the every increasing Silver Army, all while listening to only one voice. “Jace! Get them off of me!” “Leave the girl alive,” said a noble man. “Synius needs her.” “Got it Gorgeous!” Jace bellowed, cutting through the nobles like they were made of paper. “A little help here!” called Sky, her voice barely audible over the crackling of her magic. “Never mind, I got this