Chapter 21: Coe and Sae

After Framata’s encounter with Daesa, Tiefadi, Ladaria, and Framata had decided to move along to a place called Alaentu. On their way their way there they saw two sisters with auburn hair, scared out of their wits. Ladaria went over and kindly asked their names. They were Coe and Sae. After a brief talk with the children, Ladaria had arranged for her to adopt the girls. Coe was nine, and Sae was six.
By the next day the kids were calling Ladaria “momma”. Coe loved playing with Framata, and Tiefadi’s excitement was just what Sae wanted.

After an long day, Tiefadi came bounding into Framata’s room, curls bouncing.
“Outside there is a carriage leaving for Alaentu in 5 minutes.”

Five minutes was not enough time.

Chapter 19: The Test

Pandra was walking down the hallways when a Sar Din Dae came to her and said, “Please come with me.”
“Why?” Pandra asked.
“You are to be tested to see if you are ready to become a Sar Din Dae, girl.” Pandra’s mouth dropped open from amazement, but she quickly closed it.
“Finally,” She whispered happily, and allowed some spring into her step. While the Sar Din Dae was guiding her deeper and deeper into the fortress, they passed Iva. They waved at each other. The Sar Din Dae said,
“My name is Fela, Pandra. We are almost there,” Pandra nodded. She was beginning to feel nervous. What would there be? She thought. Other girls they passed probably thought she was crazy, because she was half laughing and half crying (from happiness of course).

They stopped walking in a Large stone chamber. In the middle of the room there was a swirling purple mist, in the shape of an oval. Fela said, “When you step through the mist, you shall see projections, hallucinations, of dear things or people in trouble. You must use your magic to do the best you can to stop whatever problem there is from happening.”
Pandra did not wait. She stepped nervously through the mist.
In the mist she saw Framata fighting merte and failing at winning. Pandra cast lightning bolts into the sea of merte, pushed on by panic. When she had disintegrated all the mertes she ran towards Pandra, but before she reached her the world inside the mist started fading.
When the mist had fully evaporated she stood in the chamber again and Fela was smiling down on her.
“You have done exceedingly well, not just defeating the mertes but proceeding to help your friend. You, Pandra Rodengloss, you are a Sar Din Dae!”
What about Iva?” Pandra asked. “She isn’t a Sar Din Dae yet.”
Fela answered, “Oh yes, Ivatan is being tested right after you.”

Chapter 20: The Assasin

Framata had been annoyed by Tiefadi enough, when Daesa walked into her room. Except it wasn’t Daesa. All along Framata had had a sneaking suspicion that Daesa was not on their side. Daesa was in normal clothes, but she held a ruby hilted dagger.
“Time for you to die,” hissed Daesa. Daesa was blocking the door. Then Framata ran to the wall and jumped. Out the window.

Ladaria was awakened from her nap by Framata’s shrieks. She went into Framata’s room to only to find Daesa, with a knife. Framata had been right about Daesa. She was an assasin. Ladaria quietly closed the door, and locked Daesa in. When Daesa found out about this her howls were heard throughout the inn. Then Ladaria raced outside to find Framata laying in a bush. She was a bit shaken up by her encounter, but not harmed. Ladaria grimaced when Framata rose out of the bush. The thorn bush.