Stone Rising

  The Eighth Hill My Jiku eyes adjust quickly to the bright sunlight. It’s wonderful to see the sky again, and this open, endless world, but I turn my attention back to freeing the old ones. They don’t have much time.

I scan the hills around me, looking for a place to grow another hill.


Walls of Light

  Rain My Bizra body is so far away. I see it floating in the vat, but I can’t reach it.

When I was an old one, it was easy to wake up from the vat. Not this time.

I hear Niyta calling me, and I start to feel my body. My eyes won’t open, […]

Far Away

  Last Vat Keela and Chiwan walk with me through the clearing, with the hills of Tshuan high around us. The warm, moist climate nourishes the hills like a caring mother, and fills them with life.

Wicol, thick, and deep green, rises along the hills. Later in the year, each plant will blossom with dozens […]

Golden Eyes

  Guild Circles Two days after moonwatch, Shazira sends me out of the Watchtower. “The guilds will never follow you, Yagrin, unless they know you.” “Go meet them.”

I spend two days in the city, in the marketplace, the parks, and the guild halls. I’ve spent time with the healers, teaching the thunder voice, but […]

Gifts and Mastery – 2

  A Different Path My life turns toward Flow, and becomes filled with masks and transformations. There are five hundred common masks to learn.

I know a little about energy masks. Shazira once taught me how to shape a mask and float it on my energy body. It covers the pattern body like a golden […]

Gifts and Mastery

  Away The city fades, and the weight of the world falls away – wars, schedules, and questions. Shazira, Tzina, and I escape it all for three days, hiding from an uncertain future. Talking, traveling, and laughing together.

We open our hearts to each other, trying to forget a long year apart. Our time together […]

Bound to Life

  The Living and the Dead I wake alone in the round, soft bed, surrounded by my childhood home. I’ve slept here for the last few days. It’s so strange and familiar at the same time.

Sleep slides away. I walk out onto the porch, and fill my lungs will the cool morning air. I […]

Last Dance

  Fountain My awareness spins as I leave the seven towers and my life as a Gen. Soon after, I awake in the small, cramped vat. My body has grown again, leaving my sisters, the old ones, behind.

The world is different after my time with the Gen. The future calls my name, and promises […]


  Free for a Moment I love flying, being light and strong and free. It brings me joy, even with all the thoughts of loss and doubt that drag me down.

Keela is annoyed with me. She tries to hide it, but I feel it. She wants us to fly fast and straight to the […]