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Demons of Irae

Demons of Irae

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Published by Little Miss Lunatic
When the body of a general is found in the forest with an arrow through her neck, ADA (the anti-demon association) is in uproar. They know the arrow belongs to a faerie of the Brethren (the demon high court), from far south in Caerne, which is supposedly a neutral country in the Vaan war.
They want answers, and Felix, an young private, finds himself carrying the evidence to the faerie lands to uncover the murderer. There he meets Kaida, a lady in the 10th House of the Brethren, and they uncover an ancient prophecy, one which will endanger their lives if it falls into the wrong hands.
But what the faerie council discovers throws them both into circumstances better avoided, and they find themselves making decisions where the wrong ones could lead to frightening consequences. What will Kaida's children inherit? And will they want to be a part of their mother's culture when they learn what she did...?
When the body of a general is found in the forest with an arrow through her neck, ADA (the anti-demon association) is in uproar. They know the arrow belongs to a faerie of the Brethren (the demon high court), from far south in Caerne, which is supposedly a neutral country in the Vaan war.
They want answers, and Felix, an young private, finds himself carrying the evidence to the faerie lands to uncover the murderer. There he meets Kaida, a lady in the 10th House of the Brethren, and they uncover an ancient prophecy, one which will endanger their lives if it falls into the wrong hands.
But what the faerie council discovers throws them both into circumstances better avoided, and they find themselves making decisions where the wrong ones could lead to frightening consequences. What will Kaida's children inherit? And will they want to be a part of their mother's culture when they learn what she did...?

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Part 1The Vaan War
Chapter One
Kaida’spalegreenknee-lengthwoodlandrobetwirledaboutherkneesasherbrownKeele-leatherbootspaddedthroughtheundergrowth,producingnodetectablesound.Long-bowinhand,shewovenimblythroughthethicket.Highabove,athickcanopyofwhiteleaveshidherfromthesightofanyKeelespyingfromtheskies.AKhryllhowlednearbyandshestoppedtolisten,thecrispnightairstrokingherpale,blue-whitefeaturesandlifting
her deep green curls. Kaida’s slender hand ew to the quiver slung between her translucentblue wings as a gure emerged from the brambles to her right.
“It’sonlymeLadyInoue.”Awomansteppedfromtheshadows,herelectricbluehair
tightly coiled in a braid, tting of war. Her slim body was clothed in a thick black leather war
suit,coatedwithJanduscalesandcarefullydrawnbattlerunes.Strappedtoherthighswere
sheaths containing buttery swords and at her waist hung a Katana blade. Her wings, which
wereconsiderablysmallerthanKaida’s,wereprotectedbyathickmetalmesh,whichbent
enough for her still to be able to y but was strong enough to deter the metal-hating Minkies
andKrael.HereyesboreintoKaida,untilthefaerieforcedherselftolookaway.Stooping,
Kaida chose a smooth black stone and pulling out her own buttery sword scratched a rune
intothesurface.
“Catch.” she snapped, icking the stone through the air. The newcomer caught it eas
-ily,glanceddownatitandsmiledfaintly.“Nowthatyou’veestablishedthatI’mnotashape-shiftingFaideimpersonatingmy-self,canwegetdowntobusiness?Ineedtoaskyouafavor.”Kaidaletherbowloosen,butkeptitraisedandaimedatAiko.
“You shouldn’t be here General Aurelia,” murmured Kaida, her dark eyes ashing.“Call me Aiko, we have talked often enough to be on rst name terms.”
“You’retheonlyFaerieADAhasmanagedtorecruit,you’reneededonthebattle-
eld.”“I’m Part Faerie” Kaida winced at this, “That’s why I need you to rally your people,
makethemagreetoADA’sproposition,ontheirowntermsifithastobe.”AikokepthereyesontheFaerie’sbow,whichKaidakeptstubbornlyraised.
“The brethren will never agree to war. We have kept the peace for a millenia, and there
islittlemorewecandonowbutpreventourownracefrombeingthreatened.”Kaidaspatontheearthatherfeet.“Ishouldn’tevenbemeetingyou,yourfatherdisgracedtheFaeriesthedayheranoffwithahuman.”
“My father was a good man.”
“Hebroughtshametohispeoplewhenhemarriedyourmother,andfullydeservedthedeathpenalty.”

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