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Thursday, August 11, 2011

From "Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms" by Mark Whiteway

Lodestone Book One: The Sea of StormsShann's first encounter with Lodestone...

With a start, she suddenly recalled the object he had pressed into her hand. She opened her eyes. I must have dropped it in the confusion, she thought. Her hand went to the pocket at the front of her dress and she felt a hard shape. She had not even remembered putting it there.

She reached in and pulled it out. It seemed to pull away slightly as if it
had some built-in resistance. A disk, less than half the size of her palm,
it was stained with a hardened, milky white substance. Blood. She recalled that stranger had been injured before his escape.

A basin lay near her cot, with a little water in it. She rinsed the blood off, clouding the water, and dried the disk on her dress. The disk was ebony black; featureless, with no markings of any kind. It seemed too smooth to the touch–her finger appeared almost to slide off it. And there was something else. As she viewed it from different angles, it seemed to have a depth that her eye could not quite grasp. Dark curves and whorls appeared to move over its surface…

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