Chapter 30 (17th of Alshu in the year 6199)

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Dark clouds

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Dark clouds. Smoke on the water. And the sea will burn.

Lar Colari - Vision 10-146

"Ah," King Turon beamed at Reane as she entered his private study, "there you are

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"Ah," King Turon beamed at Reane as she entered his private study, "there you are."

"Yes," Reane grumbled, stopping to stand before him, annoyance hanging in the air around her. "See," her foot tapped as she looked away and then back to him, "funny thing. I'm trying to find out why, rather suddenly, it's so hard for me to find the supplies I need to finish the repairs on the Oracle."

The king motioned for Reane to sit, but she did not take him up on his hospitality. "Well, I guess there's no beating around the bush anymore," he sighed, but also slightly laughed at the same time.

"I know you're stalling me," she accused. "What do you want? Why are you trying to keep me here?"

"Why are you in such a hurry to leave?" King Turon asked.

The king cocked his eyebrow at her. Shaking her head, Reane replied, "Because, I've got a sizable crew that would like to be paid. Just because I delivered the Child of the Storm to you, doesn't mean I don't have other obligations. I'm not running a charity here."

The king cocked his eyebrow at her. "You sure this isn't about running away from a future that scares you?"

"Not again," Reane groaned at the topic.

"You know," he said, "I've known you for a long time, Reane. Sheala isn't the only one that likes to turn tail when things get tough."

"Look," she snapped, "I'm actually thrilled for Sheala. And I'm glad that she's agreed to become your ambassador to the elves. Beyond the fact that it's her destiny and all? I think she's finally realized that there are still people in this world that actually do care about her. She's always kept people at arm's length. Even me and Brentai."

"Brentai is a good man," King Turon added.

"The best man, I've ever known," Reane doubled down on that statement. "Had a hunch of it the day I saw him standing there on display in front of that slave ship that had come to town. Was certain of it when I took that key and removed his chains and told him he was free to go, but I had honest work for him if he wanted it."

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