The Gods have long been silent in Segennya, but that’s about to change.
Kakri has long watched Segennya fight and struggle,though that time has passed. Liz’s new age has so much potential, if she can keep the new ruler on the throne to see it through that is. It’s a delicate situation though. Old grudges and tensions run high and someone is using them to start a hunt for treasure long lost even to the Gods to start mischief.
It seems as though Kakri’s plans are working, but then Queen and Goddess find themselves trapped below the earth. As they attempt to find their way out they find it’s hiding secrets beyond belief and the mischief above ground has much deeper roots.
Kakri shrugged, “Exacts don’t exactly exist. That’s partly why I think Ahiel thought it would be safe to play with, to toy with me.” She looked at a lamp sitting on a table that was mostly filled with oil curiously. “Court games that the Eirens play were learnt from the best, in other words, us. Not all the world was cut off from us, though some like myself chose to stay away from them as well. They’re so stuffy- and is that lamp shaking?”
“What are you talking about?” Liz asked, studying the lamp too.
“It’s very slight, but watches the oil.”
The three women stared at the lamp for several moments. Slowly, the shaking became more apparent and more violent. Some knickknacks on the table started to skirt across, bookshelves swayed against the walls. They turned around on spot, looking as the movement kept going.
“What in the name of the Gods?” Terra whispered. “No offense, Lady Kakri.”
“None taken,” she replied, eyes widening at the sight.
The ground jolted beneath their feet, causing them to stumble. Around them things came crashing to the ground like paintings, wall decorations, and tables. “I suggest we get out of here,” Liz shouted over the noise as the ground protested again. She started leading them toward a door, stumbling. Just as she was about to reach the door handle the three women were pitched to the floor. As they fell Kakri saw part of the ceiling in front of the door crash to the ground giving them a blast of cold air from above. Coughing, she picked herself back up and helped the other two to their feet, glancing around the room. “Looks like this is our only way out,” she called, trying to stay upright.
As they worked their way through the debris toward the door at the back of the room they could hear distant crashes, screams and constant rumbling that was almost deafening. Terra yanked the door open to reveal a small closet that had a few old cloaks in it. “Now what?” she asked, voice quaking slightly.
More of the building, this time right next to them came crashing down, but the door remained open. Kakri glanced around them, knowing that if the force kept up the room wouldn’t last much longer. “Get in,” she ordered. “Cover yourselves with the cloaks. I’ll try to keep the debris off as much as I can. We’ll get through this.”
Terra made sure Liz was tucked away before concealing herself in the mass of cloaks. Kakri joined them in the darkness, forcing her power to swirl around them to toss the debris away as it started to constantly reign down. It was stuffy under the cloth, suffocating, as tiny bits of debris made its way through the small tornado Kakri was making around the women, covering them. This is the least safe option in an earth shaker. She looked over at the other two who were tightly embraced, the material tucked tightly as possible around them. They’re trusting in you Kakri to get through this. You can’t let them down. Closing her eyes, she focused her entire being at keeping the rapidly crumbling building off of them. She could hear several larger chunks slam into others next to them, the wall in the back completely collapsed causing all three women to press closer together. Kakri poured all she had into her safety measures. The noise was deafening, a loud crash came from high above and in seconds Kakri found herself plunged into complete darkness.
Tiffany Cherney is a stay at home mother, wife and college student finishing up her Bachelors in International Relations. In December 2013 she released her debut novel, Vengeance of Segennya, the first in the fantasy series Birthright Secrets. She lives in Michigan with her son, husband and two furry “kids” that just happen to have four paws and be puppies. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading other people’s books, gaming and essentially all things geeky.
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