While June was rapidly ticking away, I stared at my second prompt for the month and nothing was springing to mind. Thankfully, with a moment of clarity, my mind snatched onto a bit of world building I did for a story that spawned from a piece of art I stumbled onto over on Facebook. I created a wonderful character for Siphoning the Stone and while I didn’t mention her lineage in the tale, I always wanted to connect her with another character, Leodor from Darren Gilbert: Journeys.
I have written a handful of stories for her, but I’ve never brought that family connection to life. So once I remembered this connection, I knew it would be the perfect story for my patrons.
Grab a chair and get comfortable as I guide you through Taitha’s reunion with her brother.
While resting amongst her friends’ forest, Leodor steps through an opening in the world to offer his sister an alternative to her exile…
As a woman’s chest rose and fell in a steady rhythm, a beam of light flared and drew to a point. When the lingering illumination vanished, a lithe figure sauntered to the slumbering form, taking a seat beside her. He reached out and repeatedly tapped the tip of her nose. “While the views are gorgeous, don’t you tire of this life, sister?”
An eyelid slid up as Taitha punched the figure’s shoulder. “Given my departure, there isn’t another place for me to go, Leodor.”
“You never were one to cooperate.” Warm laughter filled the space between them as he rubbed his forearm. “Our parents fought to hide you from the council.”
“How did you find me, Leodor?”
With a forced chuckle, Leodor jostled her arm. “What kind of question is that? You’re my sister.”
Rolling to her side, Taitha laid under the tree in silence with her finger tracing a design in the ground. When it stopped carving, her gaze drifted to her brother. “We can speak freely for a few minutes. Please explain how you could locate me. After all, you weren’t capable of slinging spells as a child.”
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