Episode 13 of Bite of the Amphis

Episode 13

“We have the girl, my Chief. We have taken her to the healer’s lodge to await your judgement as requested.”

Sighing deeply, exhaustion once again plain on his features, my father picked up his staff from beside the front door.

“You’ve done well Kiamo.” He gestured for the warrior to precede him and both men walked out into the night.  

“Goddess be merciful, they’ve caught Shari!” I dived through the wooden door, ignoring the unsettling feeling of it passing through my non-corporeal body. I was almost used to the sensation now but, in truth, that kind of thing was the very last thing I ever wanted to have to get used to.

“She must be so scared” I knew my father better than anyone in the tribe, and even I didn’t know what punishment he was capable of meting out in that moment. His daughter, the last member of his blood-line was dead, and to his mind, Shari and her self-serving disappearance had brought us to this end. Usually, I would have expected banishment at the very worst, but in the face of all of that, I honestly didn’t know what was about to happen.

I raced past the men. I had visited Kansan’s home many times in my life so I knew exactly where to go, and I was determined to be at Shari’s side for this even if, like everyone else, she couldn’t see, hear or feel my presence.  

While I was still certain that she wouldn’t be put to death for betraying our most sacred of traditions, there was still the very real possibility that he would take her to the Amphis and let the serpent decide her fate? I couldn’t imagine that the serpent would prove kind to one who had broken divine edict and insulted his Goddess so gravely

For a single, selfish second, my heart leapt with the realised possibility that, if that was the case, I might not be alone in this cursed half-life any longer. I crushed the thought as soon as it appeared. I wouldn’t wish this fate on anyone, especially not on my best friend, whose only crime, was to love life too much to give it up for blind, unquestioning obedience.

Reaching Kansan’s lodge I threw myself up the wooden stairs and all but dived through the front door in my haste to get to Shari’s side. There was still a chance that our close bond and her open-mindedness would allow her eyes to pierce the veil.

I skidded to a stop just inside the main room. Shari was bound at the wrists, eyes downcast as she silently awaited her fate. Determined not to let my joy at seeing her again cause me to make the same mistake as when I had first seen my father, I walked slowly towards her.

“Please look up…please see me” My words once again seemed to have no effect at all on her, but to my surprise, the man holding the rope that secured her drew in a sudden sharp breath.

I glanced up, and for the second time that evening found myself lost in a pair of fathomless grey eyes, eyes which were currently wide with shock, and definitely staring in my direction.          

“We have the girl, my Chief. We have taken her to the healer’s lodge to await your judgement as requested.”

Sighing deeply, exhaustion once again plain on his features, my father picked up his staff from beside the front door.

“You’ve done well Kiamo.” He gestured for the warrior to precede him and both men walked out into the night.  

“Goddess be merciful, they’ve caught Shari!” I dived through the wooden door, ignoring the unsettling feeling of it passing through my non-corporeal body. I was almost used to the sensation now but, in truth, that kind of thing was the very last thing I ever wanted to have to get used to.

“She must be so scared” I knew my father better than anyone in the tribe, and even I didn’t know what punishment he was capable of meting out in that moment. His daughter, the last member of his blood-line was dead, and to his mind, Shari and her self-serving disappearance had brought us to this end. Usually, I would have expected banishment at the very worst, but in the face of all of that, I honestly didn’t know what was about to happen.

I raced past the men. I had visited Kansan’s home many times in my life so I knew exactly where to go, and I was determined to be at Shari’s side for this even if, like everyone else, she couldn’t see, hear or feel my presence.  

While I was still certain that she wouldn’t be put to death for betraying our most sacred of traditions, there was still the very real possibility that he would take her to the Amphis and let the serpent decide her fate? I couldn’t imagine that the serpent would prove kind to one who had broken divine edict and insulted his Goddess so gravely

For a single, selfish second, my heart leapt with the realised possibility that, if that was the case, I might not be alone in this cursed half-life any longer. I crushed the thought as soon as it appeared. I wouldn’t wish this fate on anyone, especially not on my best friend, whose only crime, was to love life too much to give it up for blind, unquestioning obedience.

Reaching Kansan’s lodge I threw myself up the wooden stairs and all but dived through the front door in my haste to get to Shari’s side. There was still a chance that our close bond and her open-mindedness would allow her eyes to pierce the veil.

I skidded to a stop just inside the main room. Shari was bound at the wrists, eyes downcast as she silently awaited her fate. Determined not to let my joy at seeing her again cause me to make the same mistake as when I had first seen my father, I walked slowly towards her.

“Please look up…please see me” My words once again seemed to have no effect at all on her, but to my surprise, the man holding the rope that secured her drew in a sudden sharp breath.

I glanced up, and for the second time that evening found myself lost in a pair of fathomless grey eyes, eyes which were currently wide with shock, and definitely staring in my direction.          

 

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