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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Thirty-Two
(Esgalia)


“Wait! Jelnaya, we can make a deal. Whatever you are being paid, I will add half again. I can even offer other benefits. You want a man? Men?”

“Hold it,” the lady said going to the stairwell to look up at the man. “You know who I am, but think I can be bought?”

“I understand mercenaries. Fully support someone working at what they do best and making money off it. Getting paid for doing nothing. Come on, can’t beat that.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Thirty-One
(Esgalia)


“Well, I still want to assure you are ready for what might happen.”

I stood while replying, “I feel that whatever happens, I can face it with a clear conscious. Honestly, I doubt I could say that about me as a fox person.”

A smile came to my face as she again approached to tap me on the nose while commanding, “Keep your head clear. We might need you.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Thirty
(Jelnaya)


“Just how powerful do you think it is?”

“Think about it, Abreyon. Esgalia’s people were not forced, I mean beaten into submission. They were convinced. I am going to force a fight, but not because of my association with Fergush. I am going to force a fight because I don’t want to face this being on its own field of battle. The evidence is strong that I might not win that fight.”

“So, you can be scared.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twenty-Nine
(Neselle)


I expected the voice of the mother to grow louder, although a number had to pause as the voice of another lady rang out, “Did someone request the council of Dabogda?”

I quickly replied, “Actually no, which I mentioned as being the problem.”

The young man was also in a rush to speak. “Keir, this – girl – does not belong here.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twenty-Eight
(Esgalia)


“My wife. I cannot believe I kept rescuing my wife. She had to have been a different person once, or I had to have been a different person.”

“That’s not a confession for me.”

My first thought was that she was correct, although I quickly spoke a correction. “You cannot save me unless you know.”

“Well, I will admit that you are here with me through my struggles, so I guess I need to stay with you when you confront yours.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twenty-Seven
(Jelnaya)


That was all he said, but the way he froze told me more. Seeing him point a finger at me had me watch him. Vulge then moved around looking at the buildings. He clearly paused in noticing that at least two doors along the way had the same symbol, so I had to smile at the way he turned to me to ask a question.

“Are you leading us into an ambush?”

I pointed over the road a few blocks down before answering, “No, but a trap.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twenty-Six
(Esgalia)


“I didn’t hear anything.”

She replied, “Well, I gave respect to those champions of love goddesses. Any deity should be respected. Also, however, if you were gaining information from some other source, we needed to recognize it.”

“It hurts, but I need to know.”

“Sounds like a fight. Further, it is your fight, so I respect you for being willing to face it. Now, let me go see if I can find my type of fight.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twenty-Five
(Jelnaya)


Surprised at not being beset with more opponents, I turned back as a male fox person whose voice I had heard earlier asked, “Is that really Jelnaya?”

It was Abreyon who asked, “Why does it matter? We’re here to save you.”

Esgalia shot back, “We’re not saved until we are restored to being human.”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twenty-Four
(Neselle)


He nodded, then signaled for groups of people to move, but then turned back to me to ask, “Why?”

I dropped my pleasant attitude to calmly say, “Let me warn you that I am a divine representative. If you are looking for an answer, you might not like mine.”

“I fully understand that I am part of a duchy and not a viscounty. The preaching of the gods, especially Samayer, has been a constant part of my life. With that history behind me, I again ask, ‘Why?’”

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A Wish for Hope
Chapter Twenty-Three
(Jelnaya)


“Their hearts, no. Their lives, if they cared about them they should not have come with you.”

“You did not summon any of your own champions.”

“Until now there was nothing to fight for. I could kill, slaughter, but there would just be more. You have renewed the hope for this land, and should you succeed to end the evil I will summon those to take up the battle here.” I saw the divine lady curtsey to me while saying, “I have none like you, Jelnaya.”