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Daughter of Benik [Chapter 3 - part 1]

            She was three and Yuli Kamikawa remembered just as it was yesterday. Her parents arguing about something; she could not hear what they were saying, but she felt it had something to do with her. Since then she was a cursed presence.            When Yuli was eight could not help, but see the contradictions her mother displayed despite what she claimed.            “We are given everything we need,” her mother would one day tell her. But Yuli could only hear the complaints about not having what the family needed or what her mother wanted, with those doubts the worries set in.            When Yuli asked why her mother complained, she received a scolding, “How dare you question your mother?” Since then, she did not dare mention those issues.            She was encouraged to be the perfect daughter, but got a verbal lashing when she got 95 percent on her test or spelled wrong on a shopping list, even how she dressed was never up to her mother’s satisfaction.            “No one’s …

Daughter of Benik [Chapter 2 - part 2]

            Douglas sat at the edge of the river with his line in the water. He usually did not fish, but his rilud instincts told him that Mrs. Cordelia Bobbid will be paying him a surprise visit sometime that day. Avoidance with a plausible excuse seemed like a good plan.            He reeled his line and tossed a weed snagged in the hook. Returning the line in the water, he propped his fishing rod on a cluster of rocks. He felt a tug, more a prompting if another were to explain it. He got up and peered at his surroundings.This way, he turned right and walked upstream. He walked up for some time and came to beaver dam that collected river water, allowing it to feed into a tamed flow downriver. It was at this dam he saw something caught. He quickened his pace, thankful his thick soled boots gave him some footing on the mesh of branches and limbs. As he approached he saw that whatever it was too big for a woodland animal and had long black hair. A pale hand peeked from under the mass …

Daughter of Benik [Chapter 2 - part 1]

Place: Underground of Aven’s Dome.
            Aven’s Dome was originally where King Ephesus’s palace stood, until the Order burned it and built their place of gathering there. The dome was made of bricks that remained of the castle, all polished and painted black to give a black lacquered appearance. Beneath the dome was a maze of passages where the members of the Order entered and left when they made secret raids upon those on the surface. A petite figure in black slipped through one of the passages that led to the gates of the dark underworld. Shyaina, wearing the Order’s hooded cloak, found a tall space near the hall leading the dungeon; a narrow and uneven wall snaked up nearly hidden from view. She looked around to see that no one was watching, carefully began to make its way upwards. Once at the top, she could peer into the bowels of the Dome where the High Oracle of Beliar made his incantations without being seen.Please, Ishual, may it be that I will not be seen, she silently p…