By Sherwood Smith
Emras, a scribe assigned to the clever and lovely Princess Lasva of Colend, is on trial. yet why? Emras had observed Lasva to the barbaric, martial land of Marloven Hesea years ahead of so Lasva may possibly subscribe to her betrothed, a Marloven prince. yet earlier than Emras left Colend, she was once charged with a mystery undertaking from her queen: to watch her new domestic for symptoms of the insidious and unsafe effect of Norsunder—a magical land as soon as regarded as legend, yet referred to now to exist.
What went fallacious? If Emras used to be performing on orders from her queen, why is she on trial now?
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The hand held them firmly, but the arm trailed into a mere string, as if they were being flown like a kite. Then the whole thing melted into swirling colors. They became two birds, flying toward a castle. Their wings beat in the air as if it were water. They flew into a window, into a chamber, where a woman walked who had a tiny moon circling her head. She glanced up, seeing them as they joined its orbit. But then they flew on, back out the window, and across the landscape to a great lake, where they dived down into the water and became two flying fish, touring a fabulous magical underwater setting where mermaids and mermen were just the beginning.
He was the weak link, and he hated that. He was the lemon, this time. Now he was cruising the GigaGnd, meandering through the Mesh, looking for inspiration. Maybe he could yet figure it out, so that he could complete the program, and they could deliver it late. He whistled in the way he had, smiling, his tongue against the roof of his mouth it was easier than doing it purse-lipped, and fewer people knew how to do it, a double advantage as far as he was concerned. He liked being different in inconsequential ways.
Edsel-he seemed a bit much taken with that black girl, what's her-name, with her lustrous waist length black hair green eyes and pert figure. As if Pia herself didn't have those same things, except that her hair was brown. Well Pia's figure had filled out some in the past few years. She had to use a corset when wearing a show dress. She hated that, but she loved chocolate, and the two sort of went together. Her malady also tended to add to her weight, because she was constantly balancing sugar against insulin, and it was easier to eat a bit of sugar than to cancel a shot she had just taken.