Night Journey

  Night Wings Last light comes quickly, and the Watchtower fills the sky with light. We assemble in an open field behind my house, and leave our packs on the floor of the house’s deck. A few wispy clouds move slowly across the night sky, floating in the gentle winds. It’s unusual and dangerous for masters to flow themselves for a long journey. When three masters come together to travel like this, they perform the changing. Each accepts responsibility to watch over the others, and bring everyone home safely. The group is called a circle, and the one who leads the changing is called the center. Shazira pushes away her sorrow, and prepares herself to accept the demands of the changing. She raises her hand and faces her palm toward Balshown. “Master Balshown, you are the eldest master here.” “Lead us in the changing, and bind the circle together.” “No,”…

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Gen – Birth and Connection

  Forever It took me three cycles to reach level seven, and another ten cycles of intense training to advance to level twelve. At level twelve, there are only two choices. Become Gen, or die. Vala says that I’m almost as fast as a Gen already. But I’m still bound to this world and this flesh. Now that the birthing is so close, I’m filled with doubts and fears about becoming Gen. Will I lose myself? Who will I become? People say that the Gen reject emotion. Some say that they don’t feel anything at all. Is that what waits for me? A cold and empty life, as an intelligent, energy machine? Vala isn’t like that. She and I have been together, in love, for the last ten cycles. What if Vala is a rare exception? What if my love vanishes when I become Gen? Right after our bonding, I…

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