After the power cell blew up, Marcus retreated to his home to tend his land, while Nathaniel remained in the remnants of the Central Region to recover from the devastation. The leaders of the Northern, Western, and Southern Regions head to the devastated runes to discuss the next course of action. Kethra, who has overcome a vote of no confidence in the Eastern Region, is pressing for Nathaniel to be held accountable for the detonation of the power cells. While the other leaders will listen to Nathaniel’s explanation, they refuse to allow the meeting to proceed while they are missing a leader. The representative of the Northern Region insists that Marcus be brought so they can proceed. So, Nathaniel pulled himself away from Kethra’s bickering and rushed to collect the final regional leader, Marcus. Will Nathaniel be able to get a useful idea from Marcus and Talia? Or will Kethra use the devastation to replace Nathaniel as the leader?
“What are you going to do now, Nathaniel?” Marcus asked as he rubbed his mare’s neck. “I mean, the bomb destroyed the last effort to escape this world.”
The gaunt leader shrugged his shoulders and slumped into the seat on Marcus’s porch.
Marcus laid the brush on his horse’s back and patted her haunches as he sauntered to his friend. He sat down on the steps as he pulled a cloth from his pocket and wiped his face. “You should learn to relax.”
“Are you kidding?”
“The explosion of the power cells was…” Marcus scratched his ears and looked away from Nathaniel.
“It’s okay Marcus, you don’t need to spare my feelings. It was an utter disaster.” Nathaniel slapped his thighs and ground his teeth. “One Kethra’s using to usurp control.”
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