Shadow of Life and Death

  Blessings The corridor outside the transition chamber is small, and dark. In regular light, the queen’s glow is barely visible, but here, in the dim light, strong rays of colored light shine from the queen’s head and tentacles. Keesha, Makish, the captain, and two senior officers meet us in the corridor. They are here to bring the queen to an area large enough for all the crew.” The moment that Keesha sees the queen, she bows her head to the ground, and the others follow her lead. They will not move until the queen asks them to rise. “Do you know the ways of queens and their shadows, my children?” “Yes, my queen,” says Keesha, still bowed to the ground.” “This is my death shadow,” says the queen, and squeezes the tentacle that is wrapped around mine.” “You will obey him as me, and call him Lord, until he…

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Circles of Sorrow

  Approach The ship travels outside of normal space. Rings of energy spin around us, with tiny blue sparks striking the ship, again, and again. It takes hours to reach the rendezvous point with Fwitay’s commander. Makish and I stay in the cargo hold of the old Jiku ship, as we travel. I flow some chairs, cushions, even a couch to rest on, and I add color to these cold, gray walls. Then I surround us with food and drink, so we can renew our strength and find comfort.

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