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It had taken me six years to grow my hair to my waist, where decent women kept it, but only five minutes for Lia to cut it, and now it lay scattered around her brother Mazi’s house like straw on a stable floor.
“Let me get a look at you, Ari.” Lia walked around me nodding. “By Brilliance! You look perfect. What do you think?”
I wiped my eyes, and then wiped my eyes again. In the mirror I saw a gawky, half-grown man, old enough to be out on his own, and young enough to want to be. It was the face of an intimate enemy, one I’d hoped never to see in the mirror again.
“Yes,” I said, closing my eyes. “You’re so smart to have figured this out. I can’t do it.”
“Of course you can. Tenacity, Ari, you’re the strongest, most confident woman I know. This should be easy for you.”
“You would think so,” I whispered. I opened my eyes, and stared into Lia’s face. Her sweet, round baby face had lengthened so much in the last year. This wasn’t the girl who’d followed me around the Fair Sight Inn like the little sister she wished she were. She was thirteen now, almost a grown woman — the same age I’d been when I arrived in Fortisma, ready for a new life on my own terms. “I’ll try. It’s a good idea, and I’m not yet ready to die.”
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Construction Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, hypercognition; Cost 2,500 gp
|What I Write||
These days I’m mostly focusing on RPG freelancing, but I also write fantasy, a smidge of science fiction, and the occasional poem.
RPG books contributed to:
Aethera Intrigue Manual
“Serving Girl” at GigaNotoSaurus
“The Strength to Bear” at Expanded Horizons
I’m going to begin the Write-a-Thon by sending out a round of queries. The rest of the Write-a-Thon will be spent either working on projects generated from those, or from a few things I’ve had on the back burner, including a quest-sized adventure and a short story idea I’ve been kicking around. If all else fails, I may just have to finish that novel.
I have set a personal goal of getting at least five sponsors who have never before donated to Clarion West