TANYA CLIFF

the quill that shatters glass

4 – The Captain of the Guards

Chapter 4! Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the book. It will remain a permafree book on Smashwords.

Check this out: “The Lightbearer” is now available as a FREE eBook on Smashwords, including epub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) downloads, link in text. I am sharing the first four chapters here this week. The next book in the series, “Nine”, is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

TANYA CLIFF

“Shouldn’t the Captain of the Guards be out…guarding…something?”

Ajie moved to pass the tall figure blocking his way through the corridor, but Eijivar matched him step-for-step, waving his hand like he wanted to swat Ajie down the hallway and back to the grounds outside. Ajie stopped.

“Well? You are the Captain of the Guard…of Many Guards. Certainly, there is something out there you need to watch over?”

Eijivar ran a hand down his long, blond hair and brushed it over the silver-scrolled, emerald fabric of his fitted vest, as if to flick off the imaginary dirt that Ajie had dragged in from the forest. The two male Valdaren companions, similarly dressed to Eijivar, chuckled. Eijivar looked back at them furiously and nodded his head for them to leave. The look silenced them, and they both walked away. He turned back to Ajie and scowled.

Ajie, dressed in the plain greens…

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3 – The Task at Hand

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TANYA CLIFF

“Ouch!” Lorien gasped and formed her hand into a fist. Drops of blood slipped out from her palm through her fingers. She held her hand close to her body and kept her back to her father, who was seated at a table in the center of the balcony.

“Lorien?”

“It’s nothing.”

The blood ran down her wrist. She grabbed the sleeve of her shirt with her left hand and pulled it over her wrist up to her fingers, grateful for the dark clothes of the Valdaren Guard she was uncharacteristically dressed in. Warm blood oozed from her hand down the arm of her shirt. The dark splotch on the sleeve grew, and she could feel thick blood pooling up to her elbow. Her hand throbbed. But where had the cut come from? Her eyes scanned the railing in front of her. She had been resting her hands on it only…

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2 – A Test

Check this out: “The Lightbearer” is now available as a FREE eBook on Smashwords, including epub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) downloads, link in text. I am sharing the first four chapters here this week. The next book in the series, “Nine”, is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

TANYA CLIFF

The Gat climbed the ladder to the top shelf of books. He swiped the boney finger of his right hand along the dusty spines, sending a small cloud of white particles into the air. He puffed through his scraggly beard several times to clear the air in front of his nose. More dust followed. He sneezed and blew vigorously. Still, his finger continued moving down the titles:

One Hundred Potions, One Hundred Cures by Finnaous Dolspringer

Gorgenyweed, Uses and Dangers by Dorian Middlesnout

Ancient Herbal Spells for Today’s Gat by Meldringfor the Gat (a Gat who had been dead for more than 200 years)

Plant use in Gates and Portals by Melvin Parnoidian

Herbaceous Curses by Doddlesnick Twofinger (rumored to have lost the other three to a particularly potent mix of Nodlesleg Weed and Brovlinine Seed)

“No…no,” muttered Mattoby. “Where is it?”

He continued along the line of books, careful…

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1 – Lost

Check this out: “The Lightbearer” is now available as a FREE eBook on Smashwords, including epub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) downloads, link in text. I am sharing the first four chapters here this week. The next book in the series, “Nine”, is scheduled for release at the end of the month.

TANYA CLIFF

“We are lost.”

“We are NOT lost.”

“Have you ever been to this place before? Does any of this look familiar to you? Loni…Loni!”

Loni continued down the path without looking back. Dovni sighed, shrugged his shoulders, sat down and leaned against a tree. His body ached, and he was hungry. They had not eaten a proper meal since setting out on their journey four days before. Now, as far as Dovni could tell, they were lost. The small men from Hill Country were a rugged sort, provided frequent meals from their well-stocked kitchens and long naps in their comfortable beds. “Adventurer” was the polite term given to those folks who fled Hill Country to avoid being locked up in one of the local jails.

Dovni pulled a loaf of bread out of his bag and tried to bite into it. He frowned. The bread was stale. He hit it…

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp Holdouts Arrested

Our Indigenous brothers and sisters deserve better than this. Let the rich run pipelines through their own properties and see how many are built.

RED POWER MEDIA

ap-standing-rock Law enforcement vehicles arrive at the closed Dakota Access pipeline protest camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Feb. 23, 2017. (James MacPherson / AP)

Red Power Media | Feb 23, 2017

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP)– Police in full riot gear began arresting Dakota Access pipeline opponents who remained in a protest camp in North Dakota on Thursday in defiance of orders to leave.

Most protesters left peacefully Wednesday, when authorities closed the camp on Army Corps of Engineers land in advance of spring flooding, but some refused to go.

Eighteen National Guardsmen and dozens of law officers entered the camp from two directions shortly before midday Thursday, along with several law enforcement and military vehicles. A helicopter and airplane flew overhead.

Officers checked structures and began arresting people, putting them in vans to take to jail. The number of arrests wasn’t immediately known.

U.S. National Guard and police sweep the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on Feb. 23, 2017. (source: livestream.com / Unicorn Riot) U.S. National Guard and police sweep the…

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U.S. Army Corps To Grant Final Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline: Court Filing

The treatment of this country toward our Indigenous brothers and sisters continues to be appalling. Every time we discover a resource or use for their treaty negotiated lands, we take them. My heart goes out to all those who have bravely fought this battle. We must continue to fight. #noDAPL

RED POWER MEDIA

A North Dakota National Guard vehicle idles on the outskirts of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester A North Dakota National Guard vehicle idles on the outskirts of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

Reuters | Feb 7, 2017 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday.

The line had been delayed for several months after protests from Native American tribes and climate activists. The $3.8 billion line, which is being built by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP.N), needed a final permit to tunnel under Lake Oahe, a reservoir that is part of the Missouri River.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation is adjacent to the line’s route, has said it will fight the decision. The Army Corps had previously stated that it would undertake further environmental review of the project. The tribe was not immediately…

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After Trump’s Executive Order, Sheriff Issues Ominous Warning to DAPL Water Protectors

If this was really about the “rule of law”, the United States would honor the original treaties signed with the Indian Nations. Of course, that would give the Bad Lands back to the Sioux (Treaty of Fort Laramie 1868):

Openhearted Rebel

By Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project

Cannon Ball, ND — After President Donald Trump issued Executive Orders greenlighting both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, protests erupted from coast to coast — including in the nation’s capital — as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Morton County Sheriff’s Department, and clean energy advocates were left scrambling to make sense of the abrupt power play.

Rumors have circulated for months law enforcement would opportune the first chance to forcefully evict water protectors from the camps — whether under the guise of safety, since several sit amid a spring flood plain, or under the premise of illegality despite the location being part of lands granted to the tribe by treaties over a century ago by the U.S. government. Now, thanks to Trump, the future of pipeline opposition camps looks grim.

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