“Prince Ilaz!” says Siya, the director of the research center.
She’s about seventy years old, middle age for the Jiku.
“Director Siya, you’re still alive!”
“You know I’m not that old.”
“I missed you.”
“I haven’t seen you in over ten years.”
“You stopped coming, and then I heard you were in a waking coma.”
“Sorry I never visited or messaged you.”
“Do you have a hug for an old friend?”
He hugs the older woman.
“I never expected you to hang around here like you used to.”
“You were a boy of fifteen … Read more
Paths of Healing
The airship flies toward the school, only minutes away.
“Ilaz looks terrible,” says Keela.
Berek scans him.
“He’s gotten worse.”
“His pattern body was damaged when I drove out the alien.”
Berek streams healing energy over Ilaz, but the energy has little effect.
“His breathing is so weak,” says Keela.
“Have you lost your power of healing?”
“No, but this injury is beyond the strength of a single healer, and Ilaz has lost the will to live.”
“Tzina told me that his spirit said it would rather die than remain in its prison.”
“The alien spirit … Read more
I carry the twins to the school.
Hukal and my family follow.
The crowd of children moves aside as we pass, and refuses to look me in the eye.
Niyta catches up to me, and leads us to a large empty room, where the whole school eats together.
She sits us in the center of the room.
The sisters and children take seats throughout the room, but leave a large space around us.
“Why are the children afraid of me, Niyta?”
“Don’t you know?”
“They wonder what you are, Yagrin.”
“They have heard that there … Read more