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Wolf's Passage Chapter 4

Wolf's Passage Chapter 4

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Published by Sharon Gerald
In this chapter, Miranda makes a devastating mistake.
In this chapter, Miranda makes a devastating mistake.

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Chapter 4of Wolf's Passage by Sharon Gerald**a fantasy novel written purely for sport.This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California,94105, USA.1
Chapter 4Miranda and Robert walked long enough for her legs to work off the cramps of having riddentoo much, and then long enough again for her legs to find new aches in other places. It was an entirelynovel experience. Miranda had never been without the company of other Daughters who could mendher aches for her.She did not know in this case whether it would be better to use her magic for self-healing or toconserve it all for the real job ahead of protection. She did not know how much these human painsmight drain her. She had never felt them before.And still she and Robert walked. They walked until they established a kind of rhythm thatmeant for the first time they were working together toward their own common good. They walkeduntil she could not remember why she had been upset with him or nervous of him or afraid for him andher life with him.They walked their way through the night.When they came to a river, they stopped and allowed the horses to drink while they sat to rest.There seemed little need to discuss the stop, but Robert was up and moving again before Miranda couldeven truly catch her breath. She did not understand where he found the energy. He did not rest at allfor as much as she knew, yet she who had napped at least intermittently earlier in the night felt drainedof nearly all strength by this time.He brought her some water and a piece of cheese. She took them gratefully, but some fear thatthey might not make adequate progress on their travels stopped her from eating. “Should we save thecheese for later? There are nuts and berries aplenty here.”He glanced around, his brow furrowed as if he could not see what she saw. He probablycouldn’t. She had her own ways. “Gather as much as you can while I determine how and where we2
will cross.”Miranda decided not to make an issue of his phrasing the request as an order. She forced herself into motion wondering what the words “as much as you can” meant to him. She could gather wellmore than they could carry if she were so inclined. Instead she gathered what she considered areasonable amount for a meal.He went first one way and then the other along the river bank before returning to her and sittingon the ground in front of the stone where she laid out what she gathered. He ate a handful of the nutsthat she cracked open and cleaned of their shells, and he seemed to be studying the horses. “There isn’tan optimal place to cross, and we need to reach the other side here at the trail if at all possible. We’llneed to swim. How well do you swim?”“Fairly well.” She wouldn’t drown. She knew that. She’d been taught to swim in the calm baynear the House of the South Crown. She’d spent many days wading in the shallow waters along theocean shores on the other side of the peninsula where her House sat. None of this necessarily preparedher for a river crossing, but what she lacked in strength, she could make up for in magic. She did haveto clear her mind a minute, though, to remember the spell to stay afloat. Did she have enough energyleft to wield it for them all?“I might be able to keep us afloat by magic, but I’m concerned about our guest.” She’d checkedthe prisoner only minutes earlier, and the entrapment appeared to be holding. She still wondered if she’d only imagined that it broke earlier, but regardless, she couldn’t send a woman incapable of her own movements across a river secured to a horse that would only care about keeping itself fromdrowning.“Don’t be,” Robert grunted. He took a handful of berries. “Can you make tethers that willassure the animals follow us?”Miranda sighed and nodded. She could, but she didn’t know how much strength remained in3

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I do plan to post more chapters, but I'm not sure when. Busy times! Maybe over the Christmas holidays, I'll push out the next few chapters.

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