Lynx left Mina’s cabin at Nisala’s request, and Mina sighed heavily. Everything is twisted up. Inside and outside.

Lynx, along with Milisandria, had saved Mina’s life from the beast.  The beast I conjured…with that song. The beast that nearly killed both Milisandria and I.



Music: The Passing of the Grey Company from the Lord of the Rings, Return of the King soundtrack.

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Mina shut the door behind her.  Time to pack for the next leg of our journey with the Dragonsingers.

She couldn’t shake the feeling of sadness since interacting with the Enhathladi. Mina had done her best to disguise it with Torh and Illuminada.  Luckily, both of them were energetic, bright souls – allowing her to push back the ominous judgment by the stoic elves. Mina genuinely hoped to speak with Illuminada and Torh again. The Enhathladi – not as much.


Music: Samwise the Brave from The Two Towers soundtrack

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Is it possible that Lash is the most trustworthy…person…in this whole scenario?

Mina walked from the discussion with Nurianna and Bardas towards her room. A decision had been made – they were leaving for the Dragonsingers’ quest as soon as she was done being presented to the Dark Folk tomorrow.


Music: Rebecca by Craig Armstrong from the Plunkett & Macleane soundtrack

The day after Arthion’s Coming of Age, Mina felt confused and despondent.  Not only were all of her friends now moved on to their adventures, but their moving on only highlighted her inability to join them. And to complicate her already painful feelings of loneliness and inevitability, the odd last farewell with Arthion may have destroyed the strongest friendship she had.  

Or she’d thought she’d had.


Music:  The Ring from the Original Legend Soundtrack, National Philharmonic Orchestra

Arthion reached out his hand, and Mina grabbed it, hoisting herself up to the branch that was just out of her reach.  She dusted herself off and looked upward – there was still quite a ways to go.

“You going to make it?” Arthion smirked, leaning against the trunk.  They were far from Ilitheris now, possibly halfway to Ceridwe. They had run quite a distance, and then chose the tallest tree near them to climb. 


Music: The Forbidden Pool by Howard Shore from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Soundtrack.

Why am I so drawn to her? She was such a beautiful dancer, and I felt so alive and filled with joy.  There was something I was supposed to find through her, but what?

Mina lay in her bed, unreasonably irritated. Part of her knew that this anger was unusual, lacking sense. But something inside her irrationally stoked the fire.


From the moment she entered the clearing, Mina felt honored to be invited to join them in their music and dance. Perhaps it was the effect Samira had upon her; there was something about this woman that called to her, something about her that caused Mina to want to dig in, like a good book, and find the plot wound within her sinuous movements.   It was if Mina was inches from discovering something, finding a hidden path that would lead her to something important, something she was missing.

There was no compulsion, but Mina felt she had to follow her, and to find this thread – regardless of what it might lead to.


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