Trust “Wait,” says the Bizra to me and the Gen. “Watchers must be taught Sindar’s laws, the Madar language, and the secrets of the towers.”

Neebol and Vala back away from the tower, and the opening closes.

“How long will this take?” I ask. “I need to leave for Siksa as soon as possible.”



  Pull The towers shine when seen with energy eyes, even the black tower that hides in the sea. As I approach it, I see that something has changed while I was with the Davow. The bottom edge of the tower has a visible glow. I need to get back to the surface, and go […]

Gen – Test of Lies

  Waiting Test day. Twelve of us stand in the large, bare room at the school, and wait impatiently for Vala. Some distract themselves with practice, while others just talk.

Vala is fifteen minutes late, unthinkable on a test day. She is Gen. So different from us, we who are tied to our small, fragile […]

Gen – First Lessons

  Thirty-Five I wake up, and almost jump off my mat. I’m thirty-five cycles today, a child no more. Fully grown, with all my adult strength.

I want to celebrate, but my friends think it’s foolish. I also hear mother’s voice in my head, saying it’s childish to celebrate birth cycles at my age. Once, […]