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

Sesskia’s Diary, part 196

6 Seresstine, continued But I’m getting sidetracked. I got as close as I dared to the front of the division and took a look at it. It wasn’t a very big division, and I think I miscalculated the number of feet that had made that path. But it was still big enough that, along with…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 196

Sesskia’s Diary, part 195

6 Seresstine I feel so stupid. And I don’t know what to do. So I’m just going to write this all out and hope by the time I get to the end, I’ll have figured everything out. Unlikely, but with war bearing down on us, I’m trying to remain optimistic. Just after dawn this morning,…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 195

Sesskia’s Diary, part 194

5 Seresstine, continued All four of them looked at me. Drussik looked annoyed. He’s about eight hundred years old and is suspicious of me because I’m both female and a mage. Kalanik and Bronnok, both reluctant supporters of the mage auxiliaries, looked skeptical. And Mattiak just frowned at me. “Sneaking is one thing,” he said,…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 194

Sesskia’s Diary, part 193

5 Seresstine We’re camped near the destroyed crossroads where the Royal Road intersects with that Castaviran highway, and you can feel the excitement, because we picked up the God-Empress’s trail. It’s excitement tempered with anger, though, because the news came from men who escaped the slaughter near Binna, and Mattiak looked grim when he found…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 193

Sesskia’s Diary, part 192

4 Seresstine, continued Mattiak doesn’t snore, but I can tell the difference between someone who’s actually sleeping and someone who’s faking it, so I kept crawling until I was right next to the trunk, where I stopped to take a few deep breaths. I worked the see-inside pouvra and took a look at its contents.…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 192