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Stories from the Verse
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“So, how far?” Kondor asked. Everyone looked at him in silence for a moment, and then abruptly Shella answered.
“Oh, you’re asking how far it is to the city?” He nodded. “I don’t really know. I suppose there might be a way to figure it out, but the spell doesn’t tell me.”
“Well, it’s still more information than we had yesterday,” Kondor said. “Let’s get started.” Shouldering their gear, they began walking in the direction Shella had indicated.
They continued in silence in the warm dim for perhaps an hour, when Zeke, panting a bit, broke it to ask Shella a question.
“I don’t want to seem ignorant, or ungrateful, or anything,” he said, “but isn’t there a magical way to travel that would save all this hiking?”
“Did I say something funny?” Zeke asked.
“No, not exactly,” she said. “I was just wishing I’d learned to fly. Bethany and Lauren could both fly, but they didn’t do it that often in that world, because there wasn’t that much call for it, and I never learned it. I did learn to walk the between, but to do that you have to have a very clear mental image of a unique place, or you’re likely to wind up anywhere.”
Yes, Kondor thought, a mental image, because it’s not really magic.
There is a behind-the-writings look at the thoughts, influences, and ideas of this chapter, along with twenty other sequential chapters of this novel, in mark Joseph "young" web log entry #269: Versers Arrive. Given a moment, this link should take you directly to the section relevant to this chapter. It may contain spoilers of upcoming chapters.
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