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Death was coming.
Standing as he was in the pleasant warmth of the wizard’s cabin, with
the appetizing smell of cooking rabbit filling his nostrils, it seemed hard for
the wanderer to believe.
But death was coming just the same.
Staring through the small window and onto a world of rolling hills and
snow-covered ground that seemed to sparkle in the sunlight like thousands
of diamonds, it seemed impossible.
And yet…death was coming. It would be here soon.
That death came for him, he knew, for it had been coming for a long
time. But he knew also that death was a hungry beast, one that would
devour anyone or anything in its path. That included the sheriff of Alhs
beside him, included the wizard as well as Dekker, his family, and all the
villagers waiting at the boundary where the woods of the Untamed Lands
gave way to the unnatural snowy dunes in which the wizard lived. The
villagers who counted on him to save them.
“This should be impossible,” the wizard said, frowning at him. “You
should not be here. You should not have been able to find me.”
“What do you mean?” the wanderer asked.
“The Eternals,” the wizard hissed angrily. “A worthy name, though
no doubt not for the reason your progenitors thought. When you are the last
beings left alive, it will not be because of your long lives but instead
because you have a way of getting everyone around you killed.”
The wanderer frowned. “You know of us? The Eternals?”
The wizard snorted. “Of course I know of you—you and your kind are
the reason I’ve spent the last few centuries hiding out in the middle of
The wanderer’s frown deepened. “I…don’t understand.”
The other man watched him for several seconds, glancing at the
sheriff who only shrugged, clearly confused, before turning back to the
wanderer. “No,” he said slowly, “no, it seems that you do not.” He sighed.
“No great surprise, I suppose. Your brothers and sisters always did love
their secrets. They hoarded them the same way the ancient dragons were
said to hoard gold. No doubt you do not even know why they sent you here
to kill me.”
“As I said,” the wanderer said slowly, “I did not come to kill you.”
The wizard watched him carefully, sniffing at the air as he did.
“Truth,” he said slowly, grudgingly. “Or, at least, it would seem so. But
then, you Eternals always did enjoy your tricks, didn’t you? And while your
words might taste of truth, that means little. Some poisons, it is said, are
sweet upon the tongue, but that does not stop them from claiming the life of
any foolish or unlucky enough to swallow them.”
The wanderer did not think that any speech was expected of him, and
so he said nothing, only waited as the wizard continued to stare at him.
“Well?” the wizard asked.
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