Chapter 21

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Only Earoni's will can let one pass the great reef that protects Fimmirra

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Only Earoni's will can let one pass the great reef that protects Fimmirra. Even in the dark times, without her guidance, no enemy shall pass to the land of our ancestors.

-Wonders 15:8

Staring out the small window of her cabin, Sheala sat there and watched as the ship bobbed and pitched in the water

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Staring out the small window of her cabin, Sheala sat there and watched as the ship bobbed and pitched in the water. The gentle rocking of the ship as it sat in port caused Sheala's thoughts to wander without purpose. It had been three days since the Oracle, crippled and still in need of repairs, had reached the Islands of Fimmirra. Just like the only other time she had come here, she had chosen to confine herself to her quarters on board.

Sheala told herself it was for the best, twirling strands of her hair between her fingers. Even though she did not grow up here, there were many unpleasant memories this place brought back.

Ignoring a knock at her cabin door, she hoped it would get the hint and not come again. When it did, and she ignored it again, Sheala knew who it was the second she heard the key in the lock.

Reane opened the door gently and shut it behind her after she entered. Although the Captain no longer wore her bandages, it was obvious that certain motions still caused her discomfort.

"You just can't brood in this cabin forever," Reane scolded. "Why don't you come to town with Bentai and me? It's a lovely day."

"I'll be fine until we set sail off these rocks." She failed to turn and even look at her friend.

"You know, tonight is the Yule Festival."

"I'm well aware of what day it is." There was purposeful shortness in Sheala's tone.

"I thought you might like to go."

"You know how I feel about King Turon."

"So, you're just going to hide from your past forever?" This was a conversation the two had had countless times before. "You're the daughter of the King's sister. I'm sure he'd be more than elated to have you back and know that you're alive after all these years."

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