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The Book of Deacon By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5065

Updated: 2018-01-20 12:02


"Is that so?" Calypso asked.

"And I can barely move, " she said.

"I suppose you would like me to undo that little spell I cast, " she said.

"I would appreciate it, " Myranda answered.

"You know, you could stay down here, if you like, " Calypso offered.

"I would love to, but I have another trainer to see, " Myranda explained.

"Who?" Calypso asked.

"Lain. Do you suppose you could undo the spell and finish this conversation on the surface? I feel a bit odd with my face plunged down in the water, " Myranda said.

"Lain? I cannot picture him. . . never mind, bring him down, too! The more the merrier, " she said, hopefully.

"Ouch!" Myranda exclaimed.

"What is it?" Calypso asked.

"Myn is trying to pull me out of the water. She is terrified of it, " Myranda said.

"Well, well. We are just full of excuses, aren't we? Very well. I shall see you tomorrow, bright and early. And do bring Deacon!" she said, touching her fingers to her pendant.

In a typically playful fashion, the mermaid neglected to allow time for Myranda to withdraw her head from the water before undoing the spell. The result was a fit of coughing and sputtering as she hoisted her head up and took her first real breath of air since she'd gone below. She was soaked to the bone, and though it was far warmer here than it should have been for winter, she was beginning to shiver. As she began to walk away, she heard her teacher surface.

"Here, just to show that I am not all bad, " she called out.

Myranda

had become less and less a leader. It was as though he shared the plight of his land. The decades of war had steadily drained them both of life and spirit. Now he was a withered husk of a man. When not attending to the affairs his people, King Erdrick III paced the halls of his nearly empty castle. His eyes had a faded, distant quality. The eyes of a man who had done things that could not be undone.

"Awaiting General Bagu, no doubt?" the king asked as he settled down into the throne.

"I am, " the general replied.

The king nodded.

"He has this conflict firmly in hand, it would appear, " he said.

"Not as firmly as he might, but surely you are aware, " Trigorah answered.

"Bagu has not seen fit to involve me in his actions in some time. Even my seal and signature, which he had so meticulously seen applied to each order and dispatch, has not been requested in months, " he explained. "It was my hope that perhaps his--"

The door to Bagu's chamber opened and his voice issued forth.

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