Lush, untamed fields gently sloped to a pristine lake where sunlight shimmered on crystalline water. Thick groves of lunalist trees grew at the edges of the field, their leaves stirred in the breeze and filled the air with the scent of vanilla and clove. Beyond the trees, steep hills defined the lake basin, rising to taller cliffs and a waterfall at the far end of the lake. It was no wonder the Advisors ordered a new lodge built here. Standing at the water’s edge, Tassark took a moment to admire the beauty of the area before turning back to his duties. Continue reading
Caelynn and Lincon bid everyone good night and watched as the others returned to their partitioned ‘homes’ lining the edges of the cafeteria. It had been tempting to let each family claim a classroom for themselves, but they all knew their stay in the school would be short-lived. There was too great a risk someone would be left behind if they were spread out. Continue reading
The office door opened and Rett stalked up to the reception desk. He stood at attention, glaring over the head of the young man seated there. The receptionist greeted him with an open, welcoming smile, his eyebrows raised slightly as he waited for Rett to say something. Continue reading
Meli answered the door to find Ken waiting in the hall. She gave him a warm smile that didn’t hide the sadness in her eyes, and noted he was wearing his uniform. This wasn’t a social visit. “Home already and right back to work, huh?” Continue reading
“Tell me again what we are doing out here, sir?” The driver steered the van through the opening in the barricade and parked to the side near the local guardian vehicles.
Jason smirked. “Well, I’m here to observe and be on-hand should the locals request Dawn’s Light input. Sergeant Tibbs,” he tipped his head towards the man in the back of the van, “is here in case we need any tech support. And I imagine you, Chief, are here to keep an eye on the brand new baby Commander and make sure I don’t screw things up too much.” Continue reading