I had made the climb to the Bright Mother’s Fountain, and this gave me the right to be there. But I was still uncomfortable in this company. Not because they are predators – a bunch of my family are cat-people, or dog-people. We’ve even got a family of dolphin shifters. No, it’s because this was clearly a sacred place to them, and I was very much an outsider. So, although I was invited to join them around the Fountain and be part of the Ritual, I politely declined. Instead I wandered the plateau and talked to people. And I discovered they were terrifying and fascinating, lovely and terrible, haunted and driven, kind-hearted and killers. Their power is seductive.
I miss my family. I think after this I’ll go home for a bit.
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