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The Tempo (Sneak Peek) - Lakisha Spletzer

The Tempo (Sneak Peek) - Lakisha Spletzer

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Water * Fire * Air * Earth

Earth: Keeper of life
Water: Keeper of dreams
Fire: Keeper of heart's passion
Air: Keeper of life's breath

Water * Fire * Air * Earth

Four girls. Four Elements. Four destinies.

Can they work together to save their kingdom from a false queen before one of their own destroys them?

Book 1 of the Elemental Symphony series.
Water * Fire * Air * Earth

Earth: Keeper of life
Water: Keeper of dreams
Fire: Keeper of heart's passion
Air: Keeper of life's breath

Water * Fire * Air * Earth

Four girls. Four Elements. Four destinies.

Can they work together to save their kingdom from a false queen before one of their own destroys them?

Book 1 of the Elemental Symphony series.

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Published by: Lakisha Spletzer on Jul 31, 2011
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This excerpt is Copyright © 2011 Lakisha Spletzer. All rights reserved.This book is an original publication of Lakisha Spletzer.http://www.kishazworld.comThis is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author'simagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businessestablishments, events or locales is entirely incidental.Without limiting the rights under the copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may bereproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means(electronic, mechanical, by photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permissionof the copyright owner and the publisher of the book.The scanning, uploading, and distribution of this book via the Internet or by any other means withoutthe permission of the author is illegal and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized printedor electronic editions and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrighted materials.Your support of the author's rights is appreciated.
 
Chapter 1Year 1098 of the Peacekeeper EraKimaapallon CityMaster Merchant Waylin kneed his tired horse into a faster gait. He had to find the midwife. Shehad not been at any of the other three homes that he tried and he was desperate. His wife was in labor and needed help.“Elements above, please, help me,” he whispered as his mount rounded the bend in the road.His horse reared and Waylin fought to calm the gelding.“Easy, boy!”The horse snorted and sidestepped nervously. Waylin stared, not completely sure of what he wasseeing standing in the middle of the road.“Please, move. I must pass.”He heard the bushes rustle and his hand went to his sword. The cloaked figure had not moved.When nothing emerged from the bushes, he returned his attention to the figure blocking his path. Timewas escaping and he needed to be on his way. His wife was depending on him.“I am sorry, but I must pass,” he stated firmly. With a tap of his riding crop, his gelding whinniedand shot forward. As they neared the figure, Waylin pulled on the reins, forcing his horse to the left andaround the obstacle in the road.The gelding started to gallop and Waylin turned to catch one last glimpse of figure. He blinked andfelt dread. The figure was gone. He shook off the feeling of doom and focused on reaching hisdestination.Three hours later, he finally found the midwife, Belena, by the edge of the Libain Forest. He sliddown from the saddle and ignored the wheezing of his mount as he hastened to the midwife's side.“Milady! Please, Mistress Belena, I have need of you!”Belena turned and Waylin stopped, his eyes round in astonishment. So the stories were true. Themidwife stared back at him with unseeing eyes.“Ah, Master Merchant Waylin, how nice of you to come visit.” She walked toward him, a serenesmile on her face.Waylin was afraid. He couldn't seem to get his body to move or his mouth to work. He watched inhorrified fascination as the midwife halted before him.“Why should I help you, when you refused to stop on the way here and help me?” she demanded.
 
His thoughts scattered about. He would have done anything to help the midwife if he had comeacross her sooner. He didn't understand what she was talking about. He had just now found her, not before. He would have remembered if he had.Belena hissed and suddenly Waylin found himself able to move. He dropped to one knee.“Please, Milady! If I had met you, I would have done anything you asked. Just like I'll do anythingnow! My wife needs you. Please, have mercy and aid her!”She reached out and placed her hand against his cheek. He flinched. Her hand was cold and smelledof rotting things. He didn't move; he didn't dare.“I will go to your wife, but remember, Master Merchant, my assistance comes with a price that Iwill one day collect.”“I understand,” he hastily agreed.Belena's unseeing eyes seemed to peer into his inner self and Waylin hated that feeling. He heldhimself still. He couldn't afford to upset the midwife.She laughed and the hairs on his neck rose. The sound was evil and he wondered if he'd just madethe worst mistake of his life.“It is done,” she shouted as the ground started to rumble.Waylin jumped to his feet and flung himself aside as a large crack rent the ground. He covered hishead as he heard things snapping and breaking. After a few minutes everything grew quiet and hecautiously raised his head. She was gone and so were several trees.He rose and hurried to his horse. He had to get back to his wife.~* * *~Year 1098 of the Peacekeeper EraFuocarde Town“It looks like it's going to be another hot day,” Anmarie said as she stared out the window andfanned herself.“True, we could use some rain.” Her husband, Ortiguez, walked over and touched her swollen belly. “Not long now before our little one makes an appearance.”Anmarie grinned. This would be their first child and she was excited. Ortiguez was sure it would bea boy. She believed otherwise. Some instinct told her the unborn child was a girl. She didn't sayanything and only smiled when her husband boasted to his friends about all the things he and his son

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