Solona Amell: The Family Curse chp5My Love is for FreeSolona Amell: The Family Curse chp5 by A-D-Aether
Getting away from Aeonar was easy. It was the getting out part that was hard. With the magic wards inscribed in the walls, Solona and Hawke could not cast spells. It was on their physical prowess alone that they now depended, ducking and hiding at every given opportunity, jumping guards from behind and knocking them out with whatever was handy.
Solona had never lifted a weapon a day in her life, so it was Hawke who did most of the physical fighting. Watching him as he struggled in desperate battle (against a guard they’d caught . . . off guard . . .), Solona realized why he was so fit. They were sneaking through the kitchens and had already knocked out the cook. As the guard was struggling against Hawke, Solona grabbed a pair of pots and smashed his ears either side. He went cross-eyed and sank away to reveal Hawke’s grinning face. “Nice! he said and wriggled his eyebrows. Solona laughed, they took hands, and they were off.
Anwen Mahariel: Fade NightmareAnwen had never been so content in her life. And looking at Tamlen as they sat under the great tree together, she knew she never would be again. His arm was around her, her head was on his shoulder, and buttery sunlight slanted down across butterflies, across the bright green grass and flowers that carpeted the forest. Birds sang, and Anwen’s heart soared with their song. Everything was right in the world. And nothing . . . nothing could take this bliss from her.Anwen Mahariel: Fade Nightmare by A-D-Aether
“The Keeper said we could marry,” Tamlen whispered happily in her ear. “I presented the pelt, she approved.”
Anwen smiled. “Of course she approved. We’re a sharp match.”
Tamlen snorted at her teasing. “More like troublemakers. We’re lucky she didn’t send one of us off to another clan before now. But I . . .” He shook his head. “I would have found my way back to you, da’assan.”
Anwen’s slanted gray eyes squinted up in a
Solona Amell: The Family Curse chp4For the Girl He Used to KnowSolona Amell: The Family Curse chp4 by A-D-Aether
Solona awoke to the sound of something dragging against her cell bars. It was a slow and deliberate sound, as if someone were trying to wake her. Lying on a pile of scattered hay in the far corner, she blinked and opened her eyes. A man stood at her cell door, clad in black armor, an eye on the breastplate. He was wearing a helm that hid his face, but somehow, she knew this was the same man who’d come to see her a year ago. He dragged the hilt of his sword against the bars of her door a last time, then stopped, sheathing his weapon on his back.
Solona slowly pulled herself up. “Come to stare again?” she said, pushing the blonde mess of curls back from her face. “Or will you actually do me the courtesy of telling me what the bloody hell is going on?”
The stranger remained motionless, studying her. Behind him, Solona could see Hawke in his cell. He was curled up on a patch of hay against the wall, his blonde hair in his
Solona Amell: The Family Curse chp3A Little to the LeftSolona Amell: The Family Curse chp3 by A-D-Aether
Solona sat weary in her cell, her back against the cold wall. A single barred window emitted a thin beam of moonlight. Somewhere in the distance, water dripped, and her dry throat constricted. They hadn’t brought her water in days, and the last food they’d given her had been a hard bit of bread. She supposed she shouldn’t have been surprised. Why bother feeding a prisoner who was just going to be executed?
Solona dragged her feet together and pulled her knees up to hug them. She’d been traveling to Denerim when they took her in her sleep. Her dark green robes and cloak had long been taken from her, and she sat clad in a shapeless bit of what might have been sackcloth.
A small puddle of filthy water stood beside Solona and she peered into it. She was thirty years old. She couldn’t quite believe it. Thirty. But her face was as youthful, as smooth and beautiful as ever. Her large green eyes peered back at her through the blonde