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A MARKED WOMAN
CROUCHED ON THE landing platform, the shuttle resembled the slain
carcass of some monstrous grey-plated beetle. But unfortunately, it wasn’t
an insect, and it wasn’t dead either. And soon, it would spew a host of
Ava approached it warily, her stride slowing as she drew near. A warm
wind tugged at her, causing the crimson cloak she wore to billow. The whirr
of rubber wheels on stone behind Ava warned that DD-J3 was following at
her heels. Her utility-droid was equipped with protocol capabilities and
could communicate in many galactic languages. These warriors would
likely speak Rith, the common language throughout the sector, yet she’d
brought Dee Dee with her anyway.
Dragging in a deep breath, Ava focused on keeping her heart-rate steady,
her temper leashed. She’d been dreading this moment—when the soldiers
who’d been recruited to form the elite guard would arrive.
For the first time in over three centuries, males would set foot on this
Ava’s mouth thinned, her anger simmering. Such strong emotion was
frowned upon in her order; the High Priestess especially was to remain
sanguine at all times.
It was impossible to stay calm though.
These warriors were here to protect her and her sisters, but Pillarus One
and this sacred temple would be defiled by their presence. This was wrong
—but the choice wasn’t hers, for the Wise Ones had authorized it.
Glancing left, Ava’s gaze traveled to the tower that had been carved, like
the temple itself, out of the mountain behind her. It thrust skyward like a
blunted blade, stained dark-blood-red in the perpetual dusk of the twilight
zone. This thin boundary between Pillarus One’s eternal day and endless
night was the only habitable area upon the planet, as it orbited a dying red
dwarf sun. Tidally locked to the sun, Pillarus One had the same rotational
period as its orbit around its sun.
There were no seasons here—just a dark
side that was unhospitable and freezing, and a light side hot enough to boil
water. There had once been oceans on Pillarus One, yet they’d boiled away
on the light side and had long since frozen on the dark side.
Ava’s gaze narrowed as she viewed the Tower of Flame, where the Wise
Ones resided. No, she wouldn’t question their will—no one did—but that
didn’t mean she was happy about this.
The hiss of hydraulics drew her attention away from the tower and back
to the shuttle.
The dying whine of its engines joined the whistling of the wind. And
then, as Ava looked on, the hatch on its side opened and its ramp lowered to
the landing platform.
Halting a few yards back, Ava folded her arms across her chest and
waited. Meanwhile, Dee Dee rattled to a halt next to her, lights blinking on
its domed head. Apart from her utility-droid, she was alone here. She had
deliberately not brought any of her sisters with her, even Skylar, her
Second. These marines were unwelcome—they wouldn’t be met by a party
of curious, and excited, priestesses.
Indeed, Ava intended to keep the Sisters of Awe and the Guardians of the
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