The Heart and the River

  The Dome of Dreams I turn, and leap into the darkness.

Night whispers to me, and challenges me to stay awake. I run into the meadow, and fly in a spiral, five hundred feet high. The meadow below me extends for miles, and sleeping Bizra fill the meadow. There are thousands, or millions of […]

Endless Change

  One Solution The Bizra move away from us in a great synchronized wave, like a wind moving a field of flowers. They leave the sand behind, going deep into the meadow.

“How do we heal their nightmares?” asks Shazira.

“We can’t,” says Ehraval, behind us. “The Bizra hearts and minds are sealed tightly […]

Hidden Dreams

  Hidden The Kishla are strange creatures, caught between the physical and energy worlds. Their eyes see well in day or night, and their vision is always half-focused on the energy web.

Time feels different to us while we wear this form. The waves seem endless on the ocean beneath us, as we fly. Hours […]

Day into Night

  A Gen Day I love dawn in the Watchtower. I stand outside, on the deck, just before dawn, Shazira by my side. She is too quiet, caught inside herself, thinking of Tzina.

When dawn arrives, the sky darkens. The sun’s light at dawn is dim, compared to the Watchtower’s brilliant light which stops with […]

Message

  A Call for Help The tower is quiet without Shazira. She sits most of the day at her parent’s house, holding Tzina’s hand, and wonders where hope has gone. Tzina slips toward death, already empty, her spirit gone.

Shazira’s parents are silent around me. They disliked the old Yagrin, and they like me even […]

Thunder Voice

  Stone The world feels broken today, as I wake, but what does it mean? Usually, I love greeting the sun, but now I have to push my way through it. I eat almost nothing for breakfast.

“Are you sick, Yagrin?” asks Shazira. “You barely eat, and your smile is gone.”

I scan my body […]

Healing the Watchtower

  The Curse of Moonwatch The full moon comes every six weeks, too soon for the guardians of the Watchtower.

The tower shines every night and drives away the Krale. The full moon saps the strength of the tower, leaves the sky unprotected, and gives birth to the night we call moonwatch. Two guardians, a […]

Exile

  Isolated Awake again, still surrounded by darkness. My physical eyes are sealed and useless. Was the last awakening real, or only a dream?

I turn my inner eyes to the energy world. I see myself, a body of fire, on a platform, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by a crystal sphere, with […]

A Quiet Storm

  Silence Tzina and I approach the Blue Room, the room of art, music, and story. She stops and turns to me. “Ina, your tests are in a few hours.” “Shouldn’t you be practicing?”

“I’m done with practice, Tzina.” “Tell me about your friend Berek.”

“Ina,” she says, “I shouldn’t have mentioned him to you.” […]