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The Book of Deacon By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5016

Updated: 2018-01-20 12:02


"And the Elites were after the Red Shadow. That is why they were really after you, " she said.

"They are a formidable force, " he said.

"If you are an assassin, then why were you after me?" she asked.

"This is your second question. The Alliance Army hired me to locate the swordsman and retrieve both he and the sword. I was also told that I was not the only one that would be after him, and that if he was to fall before I found him, I was to retrieve the sword and anyone who touched it and lived. That was you. I was also to kill anyone who tried to stop me, " he said.

"But those men who came to claim me. They were of the Alliance Army. Why did you kill them?" she asked.

"Your third question, " he said. "I must first inform you that I did not kill four men that day."

"I saw you with my own eyes, " she said.

"You saw me kill four soldiers, but they were not men. Not quite, " he said.

"I don't understand, " she said.

"Somehow, I thought that you hadn't noticed them yet, " he said. "They have been around for as long as I can remember, always wearing Alliance armor. At first they looked and sounded just as men do, but even then there was the smell. It was something. . . artificial. As time went on, they began to look less and less like men. Now they must wear their helmets lest their faces give them away. I do not know what they are, but I have taken to calling them nearmen, and they have infested your army.

"It was four of those that I killed that day, beca

your duty. I swear to it. From this day forward I am dedicating myself to the task, " she hissed. "You will take your place in destiny."

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Myranda marched off to her hut to retrieve her casting staff and begin her first day of training under Ayna, the wind mage. Her place of study was a breezy grove not far from where Solomon spent his time. She looked about, but could not locate the little sprite that had been taunting her so regularly.

"Hello?" Myranda called anxiously.

Myn sniffed at the air and seemed to indicate a particular tree. Myranda approached the tree and looked up into it. It had an odd rune carefully carved into it.

"Ayna?" she repeated.

The tiny, gossamer-winged creature fluttered down from the tree to eye-level with Myranda. She resembled a tiny, exquisitely beautiful woman in a shimmery, powder blue dress. Looking at her, it seemed as though she should be the sweetest, dearest creature alive, but the illusion was destroyed when she opened her mouth.

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