The Search

The Amulet Saga

Volume Two: The Defector

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Other stories in this series:

Escape     The Road     Bandit     Trader     The Third Son

Healer     Beggars     The City     Spy

The Search

Ada eyed the amulet that hung around the king’s neck. A pale glow throbbed slowly, not bright enough to attract any attention but hers. The princess was in trouble.

The princess’s maid had sent a letter from the inn, saying the princess had fallen ill and was being cared for there. She sent another letter every day, saying the princess’s condition continued to improve, but she needed to stay at the inn. After a week, the king sent his personal physician, only to discover the maid had left a stack of letters and instructions to deliver one per day, while Anarosia and her maid had run off with the merchant caravan. The king had sent men, of course, but by the time they caught up to the caravan there was no telling where the girls were.

But now the amulet throbbed. The pulse of the kingdom, bound to the royal line, signaled Ada that something threatened the princess.

Ada hobbled across the great throne room and stood before the king. “A word, your majesty? In private?”

“Of course,” the king said. He stood and led the way to the private room just off the throne room.

Ada shuffled after him, leaning heavily on her walking stick. “You must let me go after the princess. She is in trouble.”

“What kind of trouble? How do you know?”

“I always know. I can attempt to See, if you would like, although my attempts in the past have been thwarted, but I know I can find her.”

The king shook his head. “I can’t allow it. I have men searching for her. I received word just this morning that she was sighted in a small village on the edge of Sunnland a few weeks ago, and she may be headed for Nynthavin.”

“Then that’s where I’ll start.”

“Ada. You know I trust your counsel, but you are not fit for a journey like this. You could be set upon by brigands at any point. You could fall off your saddle and be injured, or…”

“I assure you, I’m more fit than I look. Send with me a small company of soldiers. I will be fine. Your men will not find her. Only I can.”

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About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

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