Here’s an excerpt from the third chapter of the next Lost Tribe book. It should be available early next week. As always, please excuse any spelling or grammar mistakes in this unedited sneak peek.
Lena hurried through the woods. She pushed a branch out of her way and stepped over a root sticking out of the dirt.
“This is a terrible idea,” Ellia said as she swatted at a bug near her face.
“It very well maybe but I need to do this. You’re free to go back to the castle anytime.”
“You know I wouldn’t be able to leave your side. I just wish we had better clothes to wear for hiking.”
They had changed out of their dining clothes and into the dresses they had on earlier in the day. This was their second trek to the wall Sophia had built on Clan Blackfire’s land. Lena was starting to get her powers back and she figured it would be a good time to see if she could get behind Sophia’s wall. She also wanted to know where Margaret actually came from. The girl seemed nice enough but Lena didn’t believe that she was truly from hundreds of years in the future.
“We’re going to be late for the meeting on the beach and then Allen will kill us.”
Lena stopped. She could feel the pull of magic. “We’re close already and I its taken us far less time than the first time to get here. We’ll be able to get back even faster since the moon will be higher in the sky.”
Ellia looked up at the full purple moon. “It is very bright for night time. I can barely feel the magic here but when we came the first time I felt close to nothing.”
“I feel it strongly.” Lena raised her hand and the tree closest to her quivered before bending slightly. “I’m getting stronger. This world isn’t like our Earth but it’s much easier for me to do magic the closer we get to the wall. I don’t think Sophia just chose a spot at random to build her wall.”
“Of course she didn’t. Your evil sister found the most magical spot on this entire world to make her home. Typical Sophia.”
Lena laughed. “At least we can count on Sophia trying to grab power no matter what world we’re on. You have to admire her consistency and drive. This couldn’t have been easy to find after she was toasted by Tavis.”
“Sophia has a bloodhound’s nose for power. I’m sure she found this spot very easily. What are you planning to do now that we’re here exactly?”
Lena had her hands on the wall and was trying to open a small hole. She didn’t need much. Just something big enough for her and Ellia to squeeze through. She felt the wall giving ever so slightly. She concentrated her energy to the soft spot.
“Lena.” Ellia’s voice squeaked. “Please don’t try to get in there!”
“I have to see what’s behind here.” Lena pushed against the wall and felt the spot give. She stuck her hand through the space she had made and smiled triumphantly at Ellia. “See. We can get in and look around before the midnight meeting.”
“No!” Ellia hissed. “This is a very bad idea. We can come back tomorrow with Allen and Troy.”
“We can not bring Troy here to go behind the wall.” Lena scolded. “If he saw whatever it is Sophia is up to, he would throw us all out in the cold.”
“All the more reason to leave it alone! The last time you saw her, she was trying to kill you.”
“Sophia is always trying to hurt me,” Lena said breezily. She slipped through the hole and waited on the other side for Ellia to follow. It was clear Sophia had been up to something in the last few days. They had barely been there for a week and Sophia had made major changes to the landscape.
The first and most obvious was the water and the sky. Lena was standing on a very small strip of beach that was surrounded by water. She could see far in the distance that there was a little village on another beach. That had to be where Sophia and the rest of the tribe were staying. The sky overhead was darker than it had been on the other side of the wall. The moon was white just like the one on Earth. Lena had no idea how Sophia had done it but it looked very much like their vacation home in the West Indies.
“What in the hell?” Ellia looked up at the white moon. “She must be much more powerful than we imagined if she can do this.”
“Not that powerful since she’s trapped her with us.” Lena put her hand on the water and froze a path to the other beach. “Come on. Let’s go say hello.”
Ellia shook her head. “Please Lena. Let’s just go back now. You can open a hole in the wall again and we can come back with more people.”
“She won’t hurt me. She hasn’t killed me yet and she won’t now.”
“Troy and Tavis stopped her on the beach. There’s no one here to protect us now.”
Lena raised an eyebrow. “You have the Princess of the Northlands Fae to protect you.”
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