Sesskia’s Diary, part 125

23 Coloine Another dream, more intense this time. This had better not be a pattern, because I won’t be able to bear it if it keeps happening, night after night. We reached the edges of the God-Empress’s army about an hour before sunset. It’s big, but not as big as I feared, and while there’s…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 125

Sesskia’s Diary, part 124

22 Coloine I dreamed of Cederic last night. It was a very intense dream, so much so that when I woke up to nothing but bare ground it was so disorienting I had to go for a walk so Jeddan wouldn’t see me cry. I’d resolved to stop dwelling on the possibility that something bad…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 124

Sesskia’s Diary, part 123

21 Coloine To look at him, you wouldn’t think Jeddan was very restless. He’s so big and calm that he looks stolid, like nothing moves him. But when I explained to him this morning what I’d decided, he said, “We should get started, then, if it’s really three days away.” “You don’t have to come,”…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 123

Sesskia’s Diary, part 122

20 Coloine, very late (continued) Jeddan came to stand next to me, thankfully not saying anything inane like “are you all right?” and held my shoulders so I didn’t fall down. I vomited until I was wrung out and empty, then I wiped my mouth and stood up straight. None of the villagers would meet…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 122

Sesskia’s Diary, part 121

20 Coloine, very late (continued) I had just enough time to realize the battle mages had entered the fight—villagers began collapsing, gray-faced, or screaming through flames—when Jeddan shouted and ran past me, throwing himself at one of the battle mages’ horses, and then through it. The terrified animal reared up, dumping the battle mage on…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 121

Sesskia’s Diary, part 120

20 Coloine, very late It’s taken me nearly an hour to convince myself to write the events of the day. So much has happened that I’d rather forget, because I feel so guilty about it, guilty too because it was so easy to tell myself that the Viravonians have a right to defend themselves in…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 120


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Sesskia’s Diary, part 119

20 Coloine, early (continued) We got a friendlier reception than I had at the Balaenic village, even if I did have Jeddan in tow; people hailed us and wanted to know if we’d had any trouble on the way from Kinis, which I gathered is the next Viravonian village south of Erael (once again I’m…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 119