Teeka fought not to fidget as Cordell paid the young man and unrolled the message sheet. He didn’t like the way Cordell frowned and curbed the impulse to snatch the moss paper away and read it himself.
Cordell met his gaze. “The Corsair MD Stardawn clipped a runner on rocks on the way to Kotek Stronghold from Cyrus. When she arrived at Kotek Stronghold, she couldn’t leave. Most passengers got to Cyrus on the other corsairs that had room, but with cramped quarters. Passengers that chose to stay at the stronghold received assistance with lodgings and a voucher for travel after Daymonth.”
“Does it say anything about the passengers on the Sandqueen?” Teeka clutched the edge of the table.
“There is no Senior Hunter Quill Mayer listed on the Sandqueen’s manifest.” Cordell glanced again at the paper. “The Dock Assistant says that livestock wouldn’t have been accommodated due to space constraints.”
Teeka took a deep breath and took the paper from Cordell. He pretended to read it, but tears blurred his vision
“Maybe he hired a corsair from Kotek City to Reghdad like you did,” Cordell pointed out.
The price of a corsair would be out of anyone’s reach unless they were like Teeka’s father, a minister with the wealth to pay for it and the political pull to be able to hire it without any other passengers. Corsairs that made the run from Kotek City would be stuffed full of passengers and luggage for families journeying to caverns along the route; no one would take one all the way to Reghdad. It wouldn’t make sense.
Quill didn’t make it. He couldn’t leave the truffles alone at the stronghold.
Teeka was alone for the Daymonth.
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About the authors:
For author and textile artist A. Catherine Noon, it’s all about the yarn, both metaphorical and literal – spinning a yarn, knitting with yarn, weaving, sewing, painting, sharing stories and good times over a cup of coffee with dark chocolate. She teaches creative writing, creative expression, and textile arts.
For author Rachel Wilder, it’s all about the person – from characters to clients. Image Consultant | Dominatrix | Author
Where to find the authors:
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5045416.A_Catherine_Noon
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: BSClay
Series: The Persis Chronicles Book: Two Can be read as a standalone
Release Date: April 8, 2015