Awakening

  Cocoon “Now, you want to let the Spiral go?!” yells Dilasa. “It has to die.”

“It’s already dead, Dilasa,” I answer quietly. “The group mind is shattered, and the energy gone.” “Only a few spirits remain.”

“I don’t care,” she says. “Kill them all.”

“The remaining spirits are too weak to join together again, […]

Death Cry

  Lost Mayru I return to Keesha’s ship, and share my memories of the Mayru, growers of stars, children of the star spirits.

“How will they help us defeat the Spiral, ina?” asks Dilasa.

“I don’t know,” I answer, frustrated, “but their destiny is tied up with ours.”

“Let’s look for a vision,” she suggests. […]

Oceans of Fire and Light

  A Good Death Dilasa and I walk again on Sinesu, among shattered, blood-stained pieces of Sindar’s monument. Nearby, one of the large, automated weapons sits, quiet and dark. Part of the vision has come true Wisten is dead and the monument gone, but the town survives with little damage, and we’ve driven away the […]

First Sting

  Weapons Shazira sits next to me as the ship returns to Siksa. We’re quiet, and our spirits rest, together.

Dilasa sits on the other side of Shazira, and looks troubled. She turns toward me, and I sense her mind touch, and her fear.

“How do we stop the Spiral, ina?” “Don’t you need a […]

Star Shadow

  Star Map Morning comes. I walk around the starship as it rests on the sand, not far from the waves of the inland sea. Mayla’s new design is fast, elegant, and beautiful. The ship is eighty feet in diameter, reddish-gold, black, silver, and green.

When the city was built, no one planned to launch […]

Star Voice

  Away Shazira is furious. “You’re leaving?!”

I repeat what Mayla told us, and I try to explain, but Shazira continues to yell at me. Tzina and Dilasa come to our room, surprised by the yelling they hear when I open the privacy shield. Shazira stops when she sees the children.

“What’s wrong?” asks Dilasa […]

Visions of Play

  Story Music fills an open plaza near one of the river bridges, and bright spheres of colored ice dance in the air, fifty feet above the bridge. It’s warm in the city, but Mayla spins cool breezes around us to mirror the ice above.

There are crystal tables in the plaza arranged in a […]

Spiral

  A New Vision I have no flesh, but I still taste the sweet light of the sun. The sun’s energy fills me with great waves of color, and the rhythms of the energy’s ebb and flow come to me as music. The sparks of my strength rise into a great fire, and the Feldin […]

The Lost Jiku

  The Curse of Visions Botzar sits, emotionally exhausted by reliving the memory.

“I faithfully followed my vision,” says Botzar, “and it destroyed my life.”

“Why was I given that vision?” “Why did my life move that way?”

“Fate has cursed me,” he says. “It led me to abandon Makish, and destroy the world.”

“Fate?” […]

Twin Suns

  Another Warning I grab Makish, to stop her from entering the tank. “What?” she asks.

A wave of sadness comes over me as I think of death. I imagine how close we came to the Jiku ship exploding and killing Makish. Then I think of death taking the queen who I only knew for […]