First, another look at the trailer from Chris the Story Reading Ape in case people missed it.
Now, I thought I’d highlight Sari since I realized she doesn’t get much on this blog. Poor thing tends to be in spoiler heavy scenes, but I found one that works for her. I should look into other characters that don’t get a lot of attention too if I plan on more Teaser Tuesdays. As usual, I’ll take requests. Of course, feel free to click on the cover to check out the overall book.
Using her dwindling powers to find the shore, Sari swims through the underground lake with Luke tightly gripped in her aching hands. Hoisting him up for air, she tries to float on her back and keep him above water. A small wave flips her over and she nearly loses the forest tracker, his limp body barely visible in the darkness. The echoing roar of waterfalls makes it impossible for her to hear Luke’s breathing and she is unwilling to risk checking for a pulse before they reach dry land. As her eyes adjust to the shadows, Sari begins to see faint outlines of stalactites that are curving away from the plummeting water. Doing whatever she can think of to survive in the eddying currents, the gypsy focuses her attention and power on reaching the shore. The craggy shallows catch her by surprise, the rough edges of hidden stones cutting her forearms and calves. She does her best to keep Luke safe from harm, but she is suddenly knocked over by an eddy. Before she can recover, the back of the forest tracker’s shirt is torn from shoulders to waist and he has a shallow cut on his side. Finding a flat rock by banging her knee against it, Sari grunts as she drags the half-elf onto the shore before nearly collapsing on the thin layer of smooth pebbles.
“Let’s get the water out of you first,” the gypsy says as straddles Luke without touching him. She cups her hand over his mouth and uses her thumb to see if he is breathing through his nose. “This isn’t going to be comfortable, so good thing you’re unconscious. No idea what hit us, but I’m guessing the Baron sent a friend. Wonder if that thing is waiting for us to surface or is hunting for a way down here. Did you drop your sabers? Well, that’s just great.”
Giving in to her trembling legs, Sari carefully sits on Luke and moves her hands as if she is coiling thread around her fingers. The water sparkles and shines as it leaves his nose and mouth, the removal allowing the half-elf to breathe easier. Hopping off the stone, the gypsy examines the glowing liquid and sees that there are tiny bursts of lightning within. She balls the water up and tosses it into the churning lake, which swiftly reabsorbs the water and sends the electricity bouncing along the powerful currents. Disappointed in the lackluster reaction, Sari dips a finger into the shallows and uses her powers to locate Luke’s missing sabers. Straining her magic, she picks up the faint outline of the weapons stuck between two stones. With a jerk of her arm, the gypsy tries to have the water bring the swords to the shore, but she finds that she is still too weak to overpower the strong current from so far away.
Turning back to her friend, Sari stops at the sensation of something emerging to her right. A harsh cough from her left causes the champion to quietly spin around, her adjusted eyes picking out two shadowy figures. Drawing two daggers, she makes her way to Luke without letting either of the disoriented bandits out of her sight. The gypsy freezes at the sound of a larger creature getting out of the water, a telltale hiss revealing it to be a giltris. Towering over the orcs, the groggy lizardman sniffs the air and looks around with crimson eyes that lock on the champion. With a predatory grunt, the creature hunkers down in the shallow water and prepares to pounce.
“Oh, I hope this works,” Sari says before whistling for the other bandits’ attention. She hurls her weapons where she thinks their heads are, one of them collapsing and the other stumbling back with a missing ear. “Better than a total failure. Come and chase me! You go for him instead of me then I’ll escape!”