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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-Eight

Makinor replied, “That is actually a good philosophy, Jelnaya. I however don’t see how it applies here. We fight this.”

“Why?” I glared at Makinor for a moment, but seeing him just look back I went ahead and explained myself. “You’re here. You are a champion of a goddess of love. Why aren’t you seeing love apply? You should definitely be looking at me and thinking that I am focusing on the fight.”

“Honestly, Jelnaya, I am looking at you and thinking what a fine looking lady you are.”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-Seven

“NO IT DOESN’T!” She moved her hand that was pointing at Makinor to also point to me as she said, “Think about it. Say I go to another world and just start slaughtering people. Even if it is at the command of Fergush, what do you think is going to happen?”

Makinor blathered, “I doubt Fergush would have gained permission –“


Feeling that I could at least state the obvious, I said, “The god of that world stops you.”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-Six

Attempting to explain things, I said, “I am not as I was. Actually, it is just my hair that is different, but there are other things about me that I know is not like most people. Our close association with the gods affects us. It makes us better. It is not just my beauty, but my health and being able to show off the aspects of Fergush that has others look to me as I proclaim him. I would say the same of you, Makinor.”

“Thank you for the compliment.”

“That’s not my point, Makinor. Look at these. They’re gross. They look gross, and how they acted was gross. Why would anyone look to them and want to be like them?”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-Five

When Makinor tried to offer me a cloth, I said, “I took her. I just took her. Yes, she made me promises, but it didn’t matter. I know it didn’t matter to most of the others with me. She was just a prize. I took her.”

The other champion of a goddess of love said, “And you are loving her.”

“Both of you did things to earn what you have. I killed people. I did nothing to gain blessings. I gained honor for doing something ugly and wrong.”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-Four

I guess it was good that Makinor asked a question, as I readied my drahaberd not about to explain myself. “What are you doing, Jelnaya?”

“It’s there. Not just watching, but active. Look at the floor. This is where they transformed the people.”

He bent down to touch etchings on the floor, then said, “You don’t fight this alone, Jelnaya. Don’t let Fergush kill you.” When I glared at him, he rose to say, “This is not his mission.”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-Three

“No. Allow your wife to be your wife. Allow her to become just as much a part of your reality as that horse.”

Those words did not satisfy me, and I let my goddess know it by stating, “It’s not a horse.”

“The words from Pordarrish were good. They need to be become horses.” I felt all the tension in my body to drain away as Quafrey then said, “I love you, Nebard.”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-Two

I smiled seeing the horses trying to pull at their tethers, and while my position again felt uncomfortable I spoke instead of adjusting my place. “That’s grass out there.” Seeing the heads of the animals turn to me, I explained. “Grass. I could also bring you to some water. For the rest of your lives, grass and water. No meat. No cooked vegetables. No wine, beer, whiskey. Grass and water.”

I believed one of the animals tried to say more, but all I understood was, “Kill.”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty-One

As she left to go back through the building, I simply commented, “She’s something.”

Makinor looked at me and asked, “Is Quafrey telling you the same thing Onathia is telling me?” I simply looked at him, so he went ahead and supplied the information. “Jelnaya is going to go the distance, and do all she can to be ready for whatever might be faced. Onathia is telling me that is what is going to be required of me.”

I looked around at this strange building to some strange deity that allowed its hallow ground to be desecrated and thought of all the odd things I had seen while asking, “Why haven’t you been doing that?”

To Face the Ugly Deed: Cp20

To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Twenty

Hearing him say that he would joke with Onathia had me feeling good about Makinor, although my own thoughts kept me from smiling. “I told you I saw into a Hell. That is not a place for mortals. I gained my immortality because I needed to challenge someone from a divine realm by following him into a divine realm. Would have come directly into the presence of the Goddess of that reality if I had not been stopped.”

“And where are we going?”

“Don’t know, but we chase this. If you need immortality to face this opponent, I expect not to face him alone. I might be the fighter of our group, but I am expecting that both of you will be there with me.”

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To Face the Ugly Deed
Chapter Nineteen

As she moved off, Makinor said, “I really pity the man that gets Jelnaya for a wife.”

I felt able to reply, “I believe she will be a wonderful wife.” Thinking about Eashae, I mumbled, “I believe she will let her husband touch her.”

As if I had spoken out loud, Makinor exclaimed, “Touch her? Whoever gets her better hold, fondle, and squeeze her. And I don’t mean late at night either. I see her as the type of wife that will track her husband down and have him take her wherever he is.” I guess he understood my expression, as he asked, “Your wife does not treat you that way?”