Lost Light

  Watchers My energy sight is gone. I can’t feel the web, or the movement of energy. Still, I have a vague sense that Kihyez is scanning me. “What’s wrong with you?” he asks, a moment later. “You were a master when you first met us.” “Now you have no strength at all!” “How can you be a watcher like this?” “The others will crush you.” “Others?” He grabs me without answering, and flies toward the second tower. The towers are great stone cylinders, fifty feet wide and two hundred fifty feet tall, that glitter in the daylight. The surface of the towers is decorated with thin streams of colored crystal that move up the towers in gentle spirals that branch, merge, and disappear. A sharp crystal spire rises another thirty feet above the cylinders. The base of each tower is surrounded by a garden with flowers always in bloom,…

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