The pilgrims gathered on the bow of the ship as instructed by Larien. Their traveling things, now much lighter, had been hoisted above their heads to the awaiting dirigible airship above. Now, they each took turns saying their goodbyes to the Asrai. To R’Zen and Tboi, Amras said, “Courage and wisdom your honor brings. I embrace you for certain of times.” Tboi blushed a pinkish color and R’Zen bowed deeply at the pair.
Larian touched Hoss’s face and cradled it there with a rippling kind of sadness in her face, “So acquainted with loss your strength.” She turned to Ingrid and said, “A heart must never win where knowledge can sacrifice.” Ingrid made no sign that she understood, but nodded and hugged the brother and sister.
Each of them taking one of Miriam’s hands, they placed a kiss on both and said, “Stories to tell. Stories to tell.” She smiled and shivered, thanking them for their blessing.
Terra felt ticklish again as Larien and Amras both gave her a parting hug. “Take your care, world woman,” Larien still used the mysterious title, “must needs to find the cure.” She looked to Ingrid and Miriam for help, but neither had any answers to offer and met her glance only with a shrug or raising of the eyebrows.
This is the last quick read of the best (or least despicable) selections from the previous day’s word count, by virtue of my daily writing regimen for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). WARNING: editing has not taken place. NaNo conquered. Next move – additions and revision number one.