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Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

Mortal Coil by Derek Landy

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WREATH’S TASKThe doors swung open and High Priest Auron Tenebrae strode into theroom, his robe swirling around his tall, narrow frame. To his right wasQuiver, a miser with words, but overly generous with withering glares. ToTenebrae’s left, Craven, a bland sycophant, possessed of an uncanny skillto worm his way into his superior’s good graces. Solomon Wreath hadbeen seeing far too much of all three lately.“Cleric Wreath,” Tenebrae said, nodding imperiously at him.“Your Eminence,” Wreath responded, bowing deeply. “To what do I owethe honour?”“Why do you think we’re here?” Craven said, almost sneered. “You’re latewith your report. Did you think the High Priest would forget? Do you thinkhim a fool?”“I do not think him a fool, no,” Wreath answered calmly. “But as to theintelligence of the people who accompany him, I’m afraid I cannot say.”“An insult!” Craven screeched. “How dare you! How dare you use aderogatory tone in the presence of the High Priest!”“Enough,” Tenebrae sighed, “both of you. Your constant bickering tries mypatience.”“My humblest apologies,” Craven said immediately, bowing and closing hiseyes, his lower lip trembling on the verge of tears. A magnificentperformance, as usual.“Yes,” Wreath said. “Sorry about that.”“Despite Cleric Craven’s overt dramatics,” Tenebrae said, “he is quitecorrect to point out that you are late with your report. How is Valkyrie Cainprogressing through her studies?”“She’s a fast learner,” said Wreath. “As far as the practical side goesanyway. She’s a natural at shadow casting, and every time I see her she’simproved.”“And the philosophical aspect?” Quiver asked.“Is not progressing nearly as smoothly,” Wreath admitted. “She doesn’tseem to be at all interested in the history or the teachings of the Order. It’sgoing to take a lot to open her mind to it.”

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