The Existence of Fairies in the Kingdom of Amora
Along the Southward Road
25 Day of Altheam
Year 2518 AUC
We’d finished our evening meal. Starlight peeked through the clouds, and I shifted closer to our campfire. Would it rain upon us? I hoped not.
Carim and Myrka washed dishes and wrapped up our food.
Fynn had retired for the night. Prince Vespar’s cousin still barely talked to us in the few days we’ve traveled to Zenna. I didn’t trust him. He was either a spy or lacked grand magical powers to help us face the Great Beyonders.
Zendal and Liam tossed dice and played “Gods and Goddesses.” A soft smile curled upon my lips. Liam played with the same dice I’d given him during Illuminarium, the ones that had belonged to my dad. It touched me he treasured them so much.
“It’s nice to see you smiling, Prophetess.” Kyron, the centaur leader, settled beside me. “Are the fairies tickling you?”
“It’s just a peaceful night.” A slight breeze rustled nearby trees. Insects chirruped in the distance. Spring had taken a firm hold upon us and gave me a brief reprieve from my worries of impending war for one evening. “What are fairies?”
His eyes widened, and he swished his reddish-brown tail. “You haven’t heard of fairies?”
I shook my head. We had some strange creatures in Amora, particularly karshiptas, mephinas, and woodwoses, but I’d never come across—or been tickled—by a fairy. As far as I knew.
“Fairies are mischievous creatures. They don’t usually mean any real harm, but they are known to enchant pretty girls, lead handsome men astray, and create a world within our realm.” He gazed toward the sky. “We have them in Sylvian Woods, but they don’t get along too well with us centaurs. We aren’t as gullible as humans.”
“What do they look like?” I shivered at his description of fairies. Mischievous didn’t sound like the best attribute.
“They’re pretty, even the males. The ones I’ve seen have different colored wings. They can fly.” He brushed his fingers against my hair. “The tiny ones like to whisper in ears and hide in hair.”
“They’re really real then?” I didn’t know whether or not to believe him. Kyron was a friend, and I trusted him, but I didn’t know him very well. Our journey north to Zenna was the first time we’d spent together beyond archery training.
“Oh, yes.” His eyes glazed over, as if he saw something beyond our realm. Did I look like that when I had premonitions? He blinked. “When you visit my fellow centaurs one day, you’ll meet them.”
Without another word, he rose and trotted around the camp to take first watch.
I wrapped my arms around myself. What had Kyron seen? When would I be as far away as the Sylvian Woods?
Fairies, who would’ve guessed they existed!
To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.
On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.
Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.
Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.
Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.
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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.