Chapter Nine: A Caged Bird Doesn’t Sing

Aboard the Andromeda Wren fell to the floor. The wooden floorboards cracked against her knees. Dusty and coarse and flickering with strokes of autumn light. She could see the boards had once been sturdy, proud trees, seeping up rich earth and dazzling sunlight. Their fate, however, was her own. Restrained by consanguineal laces, hauled away … Continue reading Chapter Nine: A Caged Bird Doesn’t Sing

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Chapter Four: The Ice Does Not Forgive

South Port, Blitzkrieg Ryker twisted around to face the husk, his boots sliding on the snow-coated ice. Surprisingly, the husk had followed him across the slippery surface, its homogenous gait even more rigid on the glacier. Behind Ryker, the choppy waves of the Frigid Sea rammed against the edge of the icecap, broken slabs drifting … Continue reading Chapter Four: The Ice Does Not Forgive

Chapter One: The Water Sees and Understands

South Port, Blitzkrieg Taegan Ryker walked along the dock of the southernmost port in Blitzkrieg. Just beyond the snowcapped waters lay the rest of Bakkaj’s many islands. Blitzkrieg was the northernmost island, and therefore cold nine out of the thirteen months of the year. Ryker coughed into his palm, his breath steamy, and tugged the … Continue reading Chapter One: The Water Sees and Understands