VAKTARE OF ALL REALMS SERIES
– A sneak preview of Vaktare of All Realms –
“I feel the sorrow of a dying race; drowning in the sea of ignorance and crowded out by the fear of the many. Our time is either beginning again or degenerating into nothingness, this much I know. But to decide our legacy, either story or song, depends upon you young one.
I be not afraid, nor should you, of what is to come. Time passes, creatures pass back to bone and earth and the young grow old. The cycle of the sun passes on without our consent regardless of our actions. Time is a silly invention, a charade of control for those foolish enough to cherish it and death is an immovable inevitability. Unavoidable. The only things we can do to influence this dimension is to safeguard the innocence and survival of the young. For without them, we shall diminish. Not as individuals, no, but as a whole.
We walk the soil or sky, or not at all, but the great star continues to rise without pause. The question is child, will we rise or set with the passing sun? I do not pass our actions off to fate. Our actions are ours to decide. Evil flourishes under the pretense of fate – inaction. To stand passive is to stand aside, let live the bad, watch it walk off with a wink and a promise of destruction. But the destruction will not be its own, it will be ours. If not in body, in soul.”
I felt the weight of Xara’s eye as she came to the end of her speech. She sighed heavily and her scales rattled together as she shivered in the night wind. Chalorn lay asleep sheltered in her shadow, snoring lazy smoke spirals as the rest of the clan sat alert, watching warily around us.
But my eyes couldn’t meet hers. They rested solely on the lights of the sleeping city in the distance, the cities even further to the south and north. But while my eyes were only narrow enough to view the horizon, my mind was able to view with full horror the rest of the world and the danger it was in. And there was only one person in the world who would be able to save it.
And she was sitting on her ass in the middle of nowhere surrounded by dragons. Doing nothing.
“So young one,” Xara asked amusedly. “What will you do?”
~ Excerpt from Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel’s upcoming novel, copyright 2015