Passage

Passage 10/22/2014

Ronne struggled in the violent winds of the vortex, attempting to cross the Veil. Each time she neared the arch, the wind sent her tumbling and spinning. Damn it! What in the name of the Black Feather is going on? A strong blast of air caused one wing to scrape the side of the tunnel, dimming the silvery glow surrounding her. Uh oh. That’s not good. Deep within Ronne tapped the bond between her and Shado, and a surge of strength filled her wings. Sorry, old friend. I need the boost. A faint chuckle filled her mind filled with love and respect.

The new strength in her wings gave Ronne the speed she needed to cut through the wind. The silvery glow she aimed for brightened, her own glow increasing to match. A final flap of wings sent her hurtling through the exit, causing her to briefly black out.

A gentle caress of her sweat-soaked hair brought her back to her senses. Ronne opened her eyes, noticing a bedraggled Shado near her head. “Oh Shado! I’m so sorry! I didn’t realize how much strength I borrowed from you.” She sat up, gathering her feathered companion in her arms. “The winds were so strong, once my winged scraped the side of the tunnel.”

“I know,” he tiredly replied. “I felt your strength fading, but couldn’t help until you asked for it.” He closed his eyes.

Ronne climbed to her feet, her own strength barely able to keep her standing. She set Shado in her chair, and went to the kitchen to grab a bowl of blackberries from the fridge. She warmed them a bit in the microwave, before returning to her friend. “I’ve got some berries for you, warmed in the microwave. Think you can manage to eat a few?”

Shado opened his eyes. “Of course. The day I turn down berries is the day I’m dead.”

Settled in the chair with the raven in her lap, she hand-fed him the berries, sensing his strength returning. “I scouted around and the shadows have doubled in number since the lat time I was there. There are some new ones as well, larger and stronger than the others.” She shook her head. “But I don’t think any of the larger ones are really in charge, they seem to keep the others in line. Something else is in command, but I don’t know who.”

Swallowing another berry, he asked, “Did you see Kree?”

“Yes. She was worried and scared. I think her companion was in trouble, but she won’t tell me who it is.” Ronne absently ate a few berries.

“Hey! Save some for me!” Shado reminded her, tapping her arm with his beak.

“Sorry.” She gave him another. “Maybe I should convene a Council so everyone can compare notes. Kree would have to attend it.”

Shado nodded, eyes blinking sleepily. “Send out the call this evening. You need to rest after your ordeal.”

A yawn escaped her. “I know.” Her eyes closed. “Sleep well, Shado.”

The raven settled in her lap, nearly asleep. “You as well, Ronne.”

Soft breathing filled the air.

 

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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