The Ring and the Bridle Chp. 14

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Eddie accidentally incurs the wrath of a kelpie when she save her older brother from drowning. Instead of finding help from the local magic community however she instead finds herself “being pulled three different ways”. By the old woman and her jinn who may have ulterior motives, the eternally young Scot with a guilty conscience, and most of all by the local enchanter who offers her a golden bridle to enslave her foe.

The choice however is hers alone.

She had to follow through, whatever the dawn brought. That would be the cost of every sunrise from now on.

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The Pilgrim and the Wayfarer Chp. 3

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[Image description: A rocky path surrounded by cliffs.] Image originally by Petura.

Ronda and Tonya are young women locked away so their noisome hallucinations don’t “bother” society. Ronda is determined to summon a selkie from the sea and become immortal; all so she and Tonya can live somewhere where no one will bother them.

But fairy gifts always require a sacrifice.

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In the legends Tir Na Nog was a golden land of fruit and honey, where everyone was young and beautiful. A place of sumptuous orchards, gleaming castle, and endless feasts. A place any would exchange mortal life for.

Ronda arrived at its distant shore to find it barren and jagged. A thousand sharp spines of upheaved rocks with thousands of paths between them. It was a harsh reflection of the cliff they had scaled to escape from the mortal shore.

The sky above however was of endless beauty. A constant roiling of the ocean above with all its shades of blue, green, and gray. Somehow the sunlight that filtered down was as bright as the mortal sky. Ronda shivered though she was completely dry.

“This is Tir Na Nog?” Ronda raised her face to look at the rushing waves above.

“Nay, this is the entrance, the Land where Death Dwells.” Maeve exhaled. She peered intensely at Ronda. “You must choose a path, Pilgrim.”

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The Pilgrim and the Wayfarer Chp. 1

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[Image description: A rocky path surrounded by cliffs.] Image originally by Petura.

Ronda and Tonya are young women locked away so their noisome hallucinations don’t “bother” society. Ronda is determined to summon a selkie from the sea and become immortal; all so she and Tonya can live somewhere where no one will bother them.

But fairy gifts always require a sacrifice.

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Ronda strained against the car window to peer at the sea below.

Her departure from the real world was on a cold winter morning. She left nose wipes in her wake and fogged the window with her hot breath. Besides her sat not her parents but a social worker. The woman let her do as she pleased.

Ronda constantly wiped the clinging moisture away, desperate to see a full form of the implied shapes among the waves. The road followed the line of the cliffs below and Ronda yearned to open the door and fall into the crashing waves. Nothing solidified however in the froth of the water devouring the cliffs. Yet she would chase the dream every night. The fantasy of falling into a different world.

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