“10 Ecce Parentes” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

10   ECCE PARENTES Walking on water was an angel. He was Uriel, the Archangel of Wisdom, one of Earth’s overseers and a liaison between Heaven and Earth. He was tall, imposing, and two ranks above Setebos in the Watcher chain of command.  Thanks to having been Miranda’s protégé once upon a time, Cora knew who … Continue reading “10 Ecce Parentes” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

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“9 The Dualists” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

9   THE DUALISTS     FOUND YOU.  Setebos flinched. Cora’s sending struck him, as if a massive weight had been thrown at him, for she had sent everything that had happened to her since she was eight years old.  “You --” Cora started to say, but then she fell into a coughing fit, still recovering from … Continue reading “9 The Dualists” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

“8 The Seeker” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

8   THE SEEKER    The voices of her past swirled in her mind, from people who had died a long time ago.    “The world has gotten dangerous, with strange forces overpowering lesser villages…”  “If we all live long enough, will even the innocent ones do evil?”  “Cowardly, vicious men are all the same, Cora.”  And yet --  … Continue reading “8 The Seeker” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

“7 The Savior of Kaldach” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

7   THE SAVIOR OF KALDACH    When Cora was very young and her brother Peri was her primary teacher in the manor house, he once unrolled a map of the known world. In Cora’s memory, the map was huge and regal, with careful calligraphic script and bright, illuminated images illustrating the terrain, the natural landmarks, and the … Continue reading “7 The Savior of Kaldach” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

“6 The Last Lady of Ilaeon” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES

6   THE LAST LADY OF ILAEON  For the first three days and nights of their westward travels, every strange, random noise in the forest and then the grasslands would set Peri and Cora off into a panicked run, their jittery eyes scanning for signs of the Kaldachi pursuing them. By the fourth day, they had reached the boundary of … Continue reading “6 The Last Lady of Ilaeon” from THE MIRACULOUS ONES