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  1. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    She very carefully slipped her arm free of the jacket sleeve. While it was far from the worst pain she had ever felt, it still took her breath away. Fife squeezed her forearm like the pressure would lessen the sting in her shoulder. It didn't. Whoever she was, the young woman seemed to know her...
  2. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Thankfully the healer that attended them was a woman. Not all the tension drained out of her, but Fife appeared to relax a little -- even if the woman wasn't entirely human. That wasn't as important, but her bias was. Of course, the woman addressed her with questions that Fife could not answer...
  3. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Empathy was not perfect. Something Raigryn had said once that she already knew. The limited range of their perception and how it was used couldn't really tell her the thoughts of a person's mind. A flicker of gold, a swell of green, a swathe of red. They were meaningless if one didn't know how...
  4. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Her initial response had been to refuse his help or anyone else's. The mere thought of being touched right now was so repulsive it made her nauseous. Then again, she was pretty nauseous in general. And she didn't know anything about spells and injuries caused by them. Fife lifted her head long...
  5. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    The welcome party was underwhelming. Fife knew he wasn't there -- prayed he wasn't one of the people standing in the courtyard outside the stables with the others. Nevertheless, her red eyes scanned for him with the others and she still felt a tightness in her chest in his absence. It wasn't the...
  6. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Fife had only the rain and her thoughts for the ride back. She couldn't ask any of the dozens of questions that kept her mind running in circles around itself. She couldn't call him a liar. She couldn't escape the freezing rain that soaked through every layer of her clothing. Chilled, heavy...
  7. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Fife wiped her sword on her trousers and sheathed it, grateful that it was too rainy to notice the tremble in her movements but still wincing at the pain in her magic-burnt shoulder. Her eyes hardly left Lawrence, however. Riffling through the belongings of the deceased and lifting the man by...
  8. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    What was he getting at? Fife nodded. Yes. He had been very nervous. She had not gotten it wrong. Or had she? Had she misread him? No. She had made a living on knowing when people were at ease and when they were suspicious. She knew this, even after a year away from this life. Lawrence had...
  9. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Lawrence and the other turned over the body to inspect it. Something still wasn't right. Lawrence seemed surprised that this wasn't an Empath. The Order of the Steel Coin didn't seem like an organization that often got their quarry mixed up. So why had it now? Fife hadn't always been wise, but...
  10. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    The blade met no resistance as she had expected it to. Not a shard of Avarice blocked it, or even a speck of the emotion rose to wield it. No Misery was summoned to curse her and the Disgust she felt didn't attempt to sway her mind. There was only the acute fear and suffering she left untapped...
  11. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Her caution bore fruit. Fife's feet planted in the mud and she leaned back suddenly, angled her torso away from the bolt. She felt the tug as it grabbed the shoulder of her tunic, barely grazing her. More than barely. The smell in the air wasn't just magic, but singed skin and hair. A tremor...
  12. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    He hadn’t gone far at all. No sooner had she lifted her eyes to look, there he was. The rain blurred the edges of his silhouette in the darkness and muted the sounds of chaos coming from behind them. The oil was working, but he was still upright. Not a great sign, and likely one of several...
  13. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Her quarry sat up with a yell but Fife stepped forward, steeled and ready. Her mind was closed and guarded since there was no more cause for deception. What she was not prepared for was the stillness that settled in the wake of his cry of pain or the swell of magic in the room that matched the...
  14. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Fife followed him just as quietly. She waited a few steps behind as he paused at the door. A moment later, he pushed it open without even a squeak. Another time, a younger version of herself might have been curious how had managed that. Right now, she saw it as one less obstacle -- one less...
  15. Fife

    Private Tales Scorched Earth

    Fife sat in the corner by the door with her sword on her arms, propped against the wall to offer someplace for her to rest her head while they waited. Even with Raigryn she could have passed the time in silence, accustomed to having nothing to say and no means to say it anyways. Fife spent the...