The only way to beat death is to chase it.
He shuffled toward the door that would send him back into the mirrored halls, back into the world where he had to pretend not to be cursed—the world where Aly did not exist, where she was only a cloaked figure with a sorcerer’s mask.
“When do I get to ask more questions?” For an inexplicable reason, he tried to think of a way to extend this conversation a few moments longer.
“That was a question, Red.”
He fought a smile. “Right, but I’m the king, so I can ask questions whenever I want, and you have to answer them.” He stared at her without moving until her eyes began to dart and look anywhere but at him.
Magic might inhabit her veins, flow from her mind, and strengthen her arms to uproot trees, but in that moment she looked broken, fractured by a world she hadn’t created or wanted for herself, but one she found herself in day after day.
For the span of mere seconds, neither of them stepped away. The small space between them might as well have been the Canyon itself.
“Goodnight, Miss Barron,” he said and walked away.
Excerpted from Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black, Copyright © 2022 by C.F.E. Black. Published by Hillcity Press.
Alyana Barron is tired of living a secluded life apart from society, hiding her magic from watching eyes. When a nobleman offers Aly the chance to train as a Master Sorcerer, secrets hidden in her past will come to light and she'll have to fight to keep her safety and guard her heart.
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C. F. E. Black loves to get swept away in books, both reading and writing them. When she’s not writing or chasing her son, she’s teaching high schoolers and trying her best to be a light in their lives. She lives in beautiful north Alabama with her superhero husband, sons, and fur-family. Connect with her and find free stories at www.cfeblack.com.
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