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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty-Seven

“Dreams of men can be strange things, Vernallor. They can get even stranger with a group like I have. What I do is not normal, Vernallor. Hell, I’m not normal, and some of my men have their own unusual stories. The wealth we saw is having all the men think on their dreams. I really see no evidence of purishorten. Keep these men thinking on the reality of our situation, and we might live to see our dreams.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty-Six

I heard one mercenary say, “We need you to commit to this, Theria.”

“I’m not suicidal,” she spewed back. “I’ll do what is necessary.”

“Yeah, I heard women tell me that before.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty-Five

Sterrig had one hand go to the bowl, but another reached as if to grab a crystal before it dissolved in the water flowing around us. An expression of finding comfort crossed his features. He then took off with the bowl to where he could scream at the lady.

“THERE WILL BE MORE!” She spun, but he kept talking. “More gold, but also more purishorten. Whatever you are attempting to refuse or deny, there will be more of this stuff. Here! Take the bowl! Leave!”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty-Four

“That’s not the life I have ever lived, Sterrig. I didn’t believe you knew what you were talking about.”

“But it should be good that you see that I do know.”

“I’m not certain about that.”

As she again started moving off I heard a mercenary say, “Do you think on our next mission we could go after something that has us understand women?”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty-Three

The one that worked with the lady was shivering as if cold as he said, “That stuff might itself be purishorten for all we know.”

Theria roughly asked, “And what the hell is purishorten supposed to do to you?”

“Purify your soul.”

“Our souls? You really don’t believe that crap, do you?”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty-Two

Sterrig asked, “Hey, are you saying that you are voting with me? I mean, your plan is just a secondary option should my belief not hold true.”

“That is true. Still, Sterrig, gaining this island was not done easily. Think about how fatigued we might be after adding another channel crossing. My proposal might add another step, but it also gives us a destination that we can make before we collapse from being heavily fatigued.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty-One

“Are you saying I lied?”

Evidence could not lie. One however could misread it with the results being a wrong conclusion. Taking off things so I could look at my feet would actually not solve any problem. I however knew to push things with Sterrig, as he would lie hoping others would not challenge his evidence.

I lifted my feet to pull off my boots while saying, “Maybe the changes you noticed are simply from taking a bath.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Twenty

The way the mercenaries acted, I sensed they had instigated this encounter even as Sterrig advanced to demand, “What are you looking at?”

I calmly answered, “The direction we need to go.” Seeing the mercenaries move to look out over the water, I added, “I however cannot determine how we are going to get there.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Nineteen

“The fishing equipment should be on its way down right now, Sterrig. Please, just wait.”

To stress that request, I stated, “You’re not getting my sword.”

Sterrig replied, “Are you willing to kill me?”

“At least I keep my sword. If you die out there, I could possibly lose my sword.”

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The Depth of the Mists
Chapter Eighteen

“All right, I want both of you to be careful. I will have to face Father if something happens to either of you, and that is one report I do not want to give.”

I replied, “Well, somebody needs to take care of Sterrig.”

My older brother slapped me on the back, then checked my harness while saying, “You have me there, Vernallor. Don’t let him kill himself until I can watch, all right?”