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The apparition's soft, otherworldly glow fell across the sleeping form on the canopy bed.
Sultry night air tinged with sea brine flowed through the wide open window, stirring the sheet that covered the girl. Her long brown hair was splayed across her pillow, and her chest rose and fell in slow, even breaths. She slept unaware of her ghostly visitor, an expression of utter tranquility on her face.
And that was the problem.
Displeasure flickered across the apparition's smoky features. You can hear me, but you won't listen, hey?
The apparition nudged at the girl's shoulder as if to awaken her, but her hand simply slid through it. Cannot feel me.
Cannot see me. WILL NOT listen.
The girl had become very disciplined at ignoring the call, and if there was one thing that annoyed Lil Ambriodhe more, it was being ignored.
Lil had, in her own opinion, exercised a great deal of patience, actually biding her time during the year the girl took to finish her schooling, thinking it couldn't hurt, that afterwards she would finally heed the call and return to Sacor City to take her oath before the king as a Green Rider.
She did not. She defied the call and went home to Corsa instead, and for what? To count bolts of wool on one of her father's wretched wagon trains? To balance ledgers? What was alluring about that? Why did she resist?
Lil paced until she realized her feet didn't even touch the floor, but hovered above it. By all the hells! She tried to focus on the floor so she might at least achieve the illusion of standing on it, but the effort bled too much energy from her. She cursed in frustration at the limitations of her current form, and glowered at the sleeping girl who made all this necessary. If she could manage it, she would've hauled her right out of bed. Thankfully most Riders weren't this difficult.continue reading...