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from Aradia's Diaspora by Susan Woerner

Copyright © 2018–2019 Susan Woerner

Scene 55

By midday, my feet were killing me. Not that my boots were new - I still used the pair Isobeau had traded with me - but the ground was much more rocky than I expected. And it looked like I wasn’t the only one with aching feet - everyone in the troupe except Bhasi, walked gingerly.

“Bhasi, can you scout a different path for us?” I asked the bird shifter, “we need to have some relief from these rocks.”

Bhasi screeched and took to the sky.

“Hey everyone, let’s take a break. Bhasi is looking for a new route for us,” I told the group. Collectively, they responded with a single sigh of relief.

“If she came back with good news, I want to make a little more headway before we set camp for the night,” I told them.

“I don’t think we’re all that far from the sea,” Aurie said, “maybe we should check the map.”

I spread the map out on the forest floor and we huddled around it. There was the sea to our left, but walking its shore would take us off the northeast direction we needed to go to get to the Inquisito.

“It’s going to take us a long way out of our way,” I said, “but I don’t think we’ll last very long walking on these rocks. Sure wish someone had put that in the map!”

“Yeah, would have been nice,” Aurie agreed, “but at least they marked where the sea was. Maybe if we have a chance to soak our feet in the salt water, walking won’t hurt so much and we’ll make up time we lost otherwise.”

Considering this, I watched Toci pull off one of her boots, a huge mounding blister on the side of her toe. Yeow. That was enough to make up my m...

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