I have been spending a lot of time working in Augeas lately and finally have managed to finish story five and six. One is about an inn keeper with secrets. The second is about twins who have very powerful magic. The two tie together, which is the first time Iâ€™ve done that with a set of stories. Working with magical children was fun, but as always, working with children is a challenge. Trying to make them sound like children and keeping them from being boring is like walking a tight rope.
This month I have a picture of Carissa. She is a very strong Ancient One in one of the first set of short stories. She is middle aged for her kind with an agenda of her own.
She could see the lordâ€™s guard. They were coming for them. She jumped up. â€œGrandmother!â€ she shouted.
All turned to stare at her.
â€œQuiet her,â€ snapped Inuus.
â€œNo!â€ shouted Dyna. She looked directly at her grandmother. â€œCarissa, we must leave now.â€
Carissa blinked at her, searched her mind, then rose.
â€œSit down,â€ ordered Inuus.
He stood and glowered at Carissa.
Carissa smiled at him. â€œI must quiet my granddaughter. For some reason, she is distraught.â€ Carissa stared into Inuusâ€™ eyes, unblinking. â€œIt is nothing but a fit. I would never consider leaving before we discuss what we are to do.â€ Her voice came in a low, soft murmur.
Inuus slowly sank back onto the cushion.
She motioned to Govert and Elga. â€œCome.â€ She beckoned to Dyna.
â€œWe must take the child.â€ Govert moved toward the back of the house.
â€œLeave the child.â€ Carissa swept past Dyna.
With each step in creating a fantasy world, as in adding half-breeds to the mix, the world changes and grows. It becomes an ever evolving society with added intrigue and layers.