Mind Weaving

  Surprise The sisters and I return with Chiwan to the ballroom, and rejoin my family, the king, and a few prominent guests. “I assume, Master Yagrin,” says the king gravely, “that Keela told you I don’t like surprises.” Niyta steps between us, before I can respond. “Commander, please don’t be angry with us.” “We just wanted to thank you and your people for the wonderful welcome that you’ve given us.” He laughs. “I’m not angry,” he answers with a smile. “I enjoyed your surprise completely.” He turns to me. “Your performance was wonderful, Master Yagrin, but you’ve set impossibly high standards for the entertainment!” The private party continues for another few hours, until the king ends it, and everyone scatters to their sleeping quarters. Berek and Tzina have rooms near Shazira and me. Makish has a room far from ours, but she walks with us. “It’s late Yagrin,” she…

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