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Chapter Four: Father

When I returned to eat my evening meal with my mother, she pretended I’d never left. Dinner was eaten in silence around the low table in the middle of our hut, but I caught myself watching her. What would be

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Chapter Three: Not in this Lifetime

Something glittery caught my eye. Wedged in the cracks of the ancient granite boulder was a small shell, worn thin by time. I picked it up, my fingers carefully brushing the grains of sand from it. A cowrie shell, no

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Chapter Two: Gods and Beaches

My powers flourished when I turned four years old. Just like any other mage, it started with random outbursts of magic. I remembered the day vividly; Mother had just returned home from a short trip to the market to find

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Chapter One: Ta Raman

Silver flashed in the midday sun. I remained crouched on the rocks, my muscles complaining after being in the same position for so long. Tendrils of long dark hair swept in front of my eyes and the fish I’d been

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