Sesskia’s Diary, part 204

10 Seresstine, too early (continued) They all nodded or murmured assent, and we headed out through the camp and past the front lines, where we concealed ourselves and separated. I’ve never felt so anxious in my life. It was like when our warrior mages faced battle for the first time, except this was worse because…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 204

Sesskia’s Diary, part 203

10 Seresstine, too early I’m so tired I can barely see to write, but I feel obligated to record everything that happened, for Rutika’s sake if nothing else. After I finished that last entry, I sat with the mages and talked tactics, and had dinner, and it was all boring and wonderful. Especially since Mattiak…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 203

Sesskia’s Diary, part 202

9 Seresstine, noonish We’ve found the God-Empress’s army. It’s not nearly as big as I remember it being from Calassmir. That could be because they’re bunched up along the highway and not spread out, and of course they’ve lost that division we scattered, and there might still be a division or two south of here,…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 202

Sesskia’s Diary, part 201

8 Seresstine, continued A wall of fire sprang up just where the mages were, burning hot and yellow, and then there was a lot of screaming, not just from the mages—there weren’t enough of them for us to hear them over the noise of the battlefield—but from the several ranks of soldiers in front of…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 201

Sesskia’s Diary, part 200!

8 Seresstine I’ve just come back from the surgeon’s tent. He’d told me Paddrek wasn’t going to survive, but I hoped he was wrong. Why is there no pouvra for healing? I even tried the binding pouvra, but it did nothing. As usual. Though I suppose if that’s what it was for, the Castaviran mages…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 200!

Sesskia’s Diary, part 199

7 Seresstine We struck camp and moved east this morning. The strategy, as I understand it, is to intercept that weakened division so it can’t rejoin the army; it should be easy to defeat and will give our mages practice before we face however many dozens of mages the God-Empress has in her camp. I’m…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 199

Sesskia’s Diary, part 198

6 Seresstine, continued His grip on my hand had loosened, become something gentle, and his thumb stroked the back of my hand. I just stared at him. I still don’t know if I should have seen that coming. I just feel stupid and embarrassed. I liked him. I thought we were friends, but apparently that’s…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 198

Sesskia’s Diary, part 197

6 Seresstine, continued Somebody put a blanket around my shoulders, which I appreciated, even though I hadn’t realized how cold I’d gotten, and someone else handed me a flask of something that burned all the way down and warmed me up beautifully. Mattiak said, “Thank the true God you’re back.” “I was perfectly safe,” I…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 197