8FOLD: Mancers # 14, "The Price"

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Mon Jul 6 16:35:38 PDT 2020

On 2020-07-05 21:29, Tom Russell wrote:

>     There's laughter, but Trini isn't laughing. Quite the opposite; she
> finds it as unnerving as Maile does. Following the laughter, there are
> words, words that Trini repeats in a haltering cadence.
>     "What hope do you have, daughter of earth? We were gods before
> gods, and will be gods after all is ruin and ash."
>     "We have the sword of stories," says Maile.
>     The laughter stops abruptly. She continues: "Thirteen. The blade of
> Quasha One-Eye."
>     Something unseen twists in the air around her. It makes a sound
> like wind and thunder. "The red sword, the sword that was lost, the
> bane of Venus."
>     The world grows black and red, spinning in darkness and in light.
> Maile closes her eyes, clenches her fists, stands her ground. "I am
> not asking you for a truce," she says through gritted teeth. "I am
> offering it."

Well, that was quite a moment - and an impressive tie-in to another series.

And I like how this episode turned out.

-- (signed) Scott Eiler  8{D> ------ http://www.eilertech.com/ -------

The soldiers presented a pathetic but inspiring spectacle. The
hospitals were crowded with sick and wounded; the walls were
gradually crumbling under incessant shell fire, yet that garrison
of heroes remained undaunted.

It was as Buck said, "just as if they had been Americans."

- from "The Airship Boys in the Great War", De Lysle F. Cass, 1915.
Coming soon to Project Gutenberg.  gutenberg.org

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