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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Fifteen
(Esgalia)


“Have you been told what we found in what is now my castle?”

The man answered the question without any statement of her changing the topic. “No, Jelnaya.”

“Something really wrong happened, Shospeck. Cleaning the church might not be the best option.”

“It’s mostly stone, Jelnaya. Can’t burn it down.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Fourteen
(Jelnaya)


The young man rose to say, “That would be good for the men, but I ask to accompany you, Your Honored Grace. I am Prince Mesonch, and I would like to get to know the one who will become my superior.” He really should not have added, “His majesty said that you were pretty.”

I saw Vulge grinning, so advanced on the young man, let me say that he might have been fifteen, as I said, “You had me lose an argument, Mesonch. Still, get who should accompany you and come on.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Thirteen
(Esgalia)


“No.” I stayed erect with shock, although was glad she said more. “If you had been sent to, or simply found yourself working with, someone else, maybe those words would be enough. I however am a divine champion. If you are going to stay here, you are going to have to accept the gods of this world. I’ll dump you back on your world in a heartbeat otherwise.”

Thinking quickly, I replied, “But, Honored Duchess, that answer would also apply should I have spoken in favor of joining the other fox people.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twelve
(Neselle)


“We found a number of these, Princess Neselle. Considered it something particular to the family or place.”

“Don’t you recognize it?” I asked with a stern tone to my voice. “We have a serious problem that involved this place. A problem so serious that Jelnaya had to slaughter people and military. Something wrong, like this, should have been reported.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Eleven
(Jelnaya)


I kept my face expressing my seriousness even as Horgulse showed fear as he said, “You don’t know my situation, Duchess.”

“Sure I do. Death.”

One dressed in robes said, “I would take her words seriously, Baron.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Ten
(Esgalia)


“Brutheyer, is Esgalia presenting you with a problem?”

“No, Lord Terish. I believe he just had questions.”

I felt a hand on my shoulder as the man said, “Esgalia, I honestly do not know how your situation involves Jelnaya. According to what she has told me, your problem should have been stabilized.”

Those words got me angry, so I spewed, “We were changed into animals.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Nine
(Jelnaya)


I moved to pat the man on a cheek while saying, “That’s a compliment, Vulge. Now, back to what we are here to do.”

Aunt Neselle however stopped me to ask, “Didn’t you find it strange to encounter so many of these monsters?”

“I was looking for something to justify the death I caused. Honestly, Aunt Neselle, I was glad to see so many.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Eight
(Jelnaya)


The one in yellow armor gained my focus as someone informed me, “Princess Jelnaya, we were not allowed to pass.”

I strode to the divine soldier to say, “I won’t go to sleep as long as you are there, so you –“

A hand of Aunt Neselle came on my shoulder as she said, “Jelnaya, I believe this is the reason you came for me.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Seven
(Esgalia)


“What is the problem, Esgalia? The soldiers saw you here crying. Did you hurt yourself?”

“I’m not human,” I sobbed. “I can’t think like I used to. I was listening to you go around speaking with the people who were still alive in the town, and tried to make sense of what advice you were giving.” Working through my mental agony, I managed to say, “I – can’t – think – like that anymore.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Six
(Neselle)


My Jelnaya asked, “Is she nice?”

Althery replied, “There is a difference in being nice and acting nice. Jelnaya can definitely have you wondering about her.”

I had to admit, “That is true, but I have always liked having her around. That is one reason I named you after her, Jelnaya. I wanted you to be someone people would be glad to have around.”