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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Fourteen

I again nodded, but felt the end of a tentacle tap me on the nose as Father added, “Sterrig never listened to me. I cannot say that purishorten will actually help him, but I am glad that he is taking on a mission of this type and not things like he has been doing. If you get a chance, Vernallor, repeat my words to him.”

“Simply saying them and having him listen are two different things.”

“If he is not going to listen then there is no value in saying it.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Thirteen

I had to ask, “You know what it means?”

Sterrig had the look that he did not want to say, but as his brother he could think of no reason to stay silent. “Sure. Itchy lake to the south.”


“What you do with an itch? You scratch it. South – back. Lake? Well, that gets obscure. Anyway, it means ‘scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.’ That was all you were telling that evil book. You were saying that if he would help you that you would help him.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twelve

“And how do you get back up?”

“Don’t know if I want to come back up. Listen, I love all of you. Think well of me.”

We watched in silence as he moved to the portal. No sooner did he disappear than did Orintious activate his medallion to call Father. I sensed the sudden rush of power before a portal opened enabling our tentacled parent to come to us.

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Eleven

“Glad to know you, Nerframe. It’s just my luck that the damn portal will fade away, but I need to think on this. I am however claiming this project. If I need help, Vernallor, I’ll let you know.”

We all watched as he walked out. I believe those who were planning to go found it strange that Sterrig left without telling anyone good-bye. After he walked out the door, Father spoke I believe to calm the rest of us.

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Ten

Lekarry said, “I have been told that purishorten is like salt. When it gets on a person, it hurts and itches, but at the end of a painful period they have been cleansed of all unrighteousness. In our history there are stories of people being forced to work in mines who turn to preaching, and it was said that they encountered a vein of purishorten.”

Sterrig asked, “It did not purify the metal or anything like that? That is what I am thinking. I can buy impure gold cheap, then use purishorten to purify the metal enabling me to resell it at a much higher value.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Nine

As I passed through the front room, I saw Nerframe and commanded, “Go stick a piece of bread down Sterrig’s throat.” Strangely, she rushed out to the porch and tried to do just that, having Sterrig sputtering while asking the house elf was she was doing with me answering, “Keeping your damn mouth quiet while I read.”

He replied, “Listen, that’s not for pleasure!”

“Then pay me. Right now!” I saw the heads of Orintious’ men turn to me as I added, “If you’re not going to let me enjoy the book, pay me.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Eight

“Certainly, Lord Galabur. I however know that you have a place far above me.”

“No. You actually have many more lives trusting in your guidance than me.”

The compliments continued to pass back and forth as introductions were made. The baron had met all of us, except Father, but went through certain procedures as this was our first visit to his home. We also had not met his family. Many more comments passed between us, but the baron did move things along to the business that brought us.

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Seven

“Okay, but there has to be a better version. I’m not talking about the eroticism, but just a more factual account.”

Sterrig approached with the book in his hand as he said, “You have a whole library of this stuff down there, Mochsha. I’m going to have to plan a long visit.”

She replied, “If it entertains you, Sterrig.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Six

“We just did a rescue of Mochsha. She was immortal, so could wait for us to figure things out. You’re not, Sterrig. We now had to rescue Dechapper, and needed you for that rescue. Without you, Sterrig, who is going to rescue you?”

Sterrig’s reply was, “After Vernallor eats, I’ll have his help doing some research. I agree with him. We’re close to figuring this thing out.”

“Really? Vernallor, what is your assessment of the situation?”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Five

“Get your men, Orintious, but this place is dangerous.”

The older brother said, “Just wait. I should not be too long, but I have men to get moving and we will need to prepare for this.”

After seeing Orintious open his own portal and stepping through, Lekarry asked, “Do you move between worlds all the time?”