Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

Gretta Mulrooney

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0709080182

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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know how to help us find Suka,” he said. “Please. Someone’s going to find her, wake her, claim her talisman. If it’s not us, it will be the Conquerors.” Pia pressed her lips together. She looked out over the town, as if seeing it for the last time. Something in her face made him think she was about to lie to him. But the heightened sounds of Tarik and Shane came through the window, and Pia sighed. “Excuse me, I should return to my guests,” she said. She started back to the house. Essix

pointed head up from under Maya’s scarf and darted back under again. Abeke looked down at Maya’s hand in hers, shaking. She was reluctant to let it go. It was a comforting warmth to her own cold hands, but she also felt Maya needed something. Something she wasn’t sure how to give. “I’m not cold,” Maya whispered, her voice hoarse. “I’m scared.” She took her quaking hand back from Abeke and gripped both her hands together, as if trying to force them to be still. “What happened in the Ice

Shane yelled suddenly. Without warning, Conor released Briggan. The wolf leaped directly from Conor’s arm to on top of Tahlia. Her frog dropped to the ground with a splat. Ana’s lizard hissed at the wolf, baring needlelike teeth. Like everyone else apparently, Rollan was so distracted by Briggan he didn’t notice Conor run until he’d crossed the space and rammed his shoulder into Shane’s middle, knocking him away from Abeke. “Leave her alone!” Conor shouted. Other Conquerors, several with

steadying herself. “It would seem Essix agrees,” Aidana said. With Essix on his shoulder, Rollan’s head cleared. He blinked, looked again into his mother’s eyes, and nearly stumbled backward. For just a moment, he swore her eyes changed. Her pupils narrowed, her irises lightened to the yellow of tarnished brass. “Rollan, is there —” “What happened to you?” he asked, his voice trembling. Essix squeezed his shoulder, and he thought he saw faint black lines ghost about his mother, streaming away

Scorching burns immediately blistered along his skin. “Oh, curses,” Gerathon hissed, a weirdly calm voice coming out of a face contorted with agony. “This pathetic little costume isn’t going to be much use to me for much longer. Perhaps I should call back his buzzard to carry him away.” “Ah,” Kovo said. “That’s how you got him up here.” “Yes. We chose the smallest human and bonded him with the Bile to a giant bird,” she answered. Kovo squinted at the sky and saw large wings circling — not

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