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I exposed a rather toothy grin as a devil's light danced behind my eyes and I pushed back a stray hair that had escaped my auburn ponytail. Addressing the crowd was one of my favorite parts of this particular pastime. I scanned the faces in front of me as the rest of my compatriots already busied themselves with looting, or standing in various places for crowd control.
What a fat lot this group was. Sanctimonious faces, their bodies dripping in finery. They never had to want for much did they? And if they did, they just bent or broke someone weaker to get their way. They never knew a fear like this either, something transpiring around them they couldn’t control.
"Alright darlings. Here's how our transaction is going to go down."
A spit from one of them made it to the ground, Prompting a quick kick in the gut by one of my friends.
"Tisk-tisk." I looked down at the foolishly pridef
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“Ready?” She asked as she reached for the bag. I looked down at the rock for a brief moment, but we both remained silent.
“Yes.” I responded, turning to her and handing back the card. Even now it was still cool to the touch and I decided that this must be an inherent property in their function.
She put it with the rest and then stared straight at me and pointed out to her side, “That’s the direction that leads to the city. We’ll walk there, and I’ll get you a replacement car. We get the car and we’ll drive to your road. You can park somewhere close to your home and then I’ll show you how to Shadow walk to reach your real Shadow. The way you should be able to travel through Shadow on your own is different than the way I can. You can’t really see the whole picture or have an understanding of the calculations involved unless you walk the Pattern. And tha
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"What the?" I mumbled. Fragments of consciousness filling in the emptiness that was my slumber. I squinted and opened my eyes to see Naddia’s face beaming above mine.
“Bloody hell!” I jumped in surprise and she leaned back with a small laugh that added to her sunny aura.
I rubbed my eyes and looked out the window in confusion. It was evening.
“How long have I been sleeping here?”
“A few minutes to a few hours? It’s not like I would really know. I left a few hours ago though.”
“What?” I looked at her incredulously, “I should think saving the universe would not be that quick.”
“Doesn’t mean it was any easier. Come on!” She stepped back and shifting her dufflebag about her shoulder and mot
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Lifting her arms up she wiped her eyes with the sides of her palms. “Why...” She let her gaze slide over to me as she clasped her wrist letting a small sniffle escape, “...You haven’t said anything… Why did you-” Her eyes fell. “You didn’t need to comfort me.”
I exhaled slowly through my nose. “No. I suppose I did not.” I folded my arms as she allowed our gazes to meet once more. There was a beat before her flush cheeks blushed further and she quickly sucked in a deep breath and shook her head.
“Right, sorry. I um, I came to give you something.”
She rather quickly reached to her side, and brought forth a deck of cards. She shuffled through them, swiftly pulled one out and handed it to me. The card was unnaturally cool to the touch, as if it had been stored in a cold environment and not on her person. I raised my brow in surprise. Nadd
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Some time passed, and suddenly I heard the doors open and a someone walk in. I lifted my gaze slightly to see the floor below. It was Naddia. She caught sight of me rather quickly and made a slow ascension. Once she reached me I waited a beat for her to speak. She did not.
“Hello.” I spoke rather cooly, breaking the silence as I flicked to the next page. There was no denying an ambivalence to her presence. I wanted her to sit down and tell me everything; I wanted to learn the truth of things so I could be done with this uncomfortable ignorance. But at the same time I felt emotionally bruised and fatigued, I had little strength to put up a cordial front to better retrieve what I wished if I could even believe her at her word.
“Ah...” I could hear her fidgeting nervously as she found her words. “There’s something I have to...I have to go with my cousins to try to stop my father from destroying th