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Goodbye, CarosoUnmarred by clouds, the perfect blue sky mocked the parched brown desert. The wastelands had been denied precipitation for too long. The drought pushed away people and animals and turned the sparse vegetation the color of dirt to match the rest of the scenery. Wanderers escaped to cooler areas between rock outcrops, but just when the desert seemed devoid of human life, peddlers looking to make money would arrive from across the canyon with food, water and supplies. People appeared from all edges of the desert and swarmed the makeshift trading stands like hungry locusts.Goodbye, Caroso by Delvii
Thalia didn't like the company. She preferred days spent in fellowship with only the wind. Not that she was at heart a loner, but there wasn't much chance of inclusion into one of the many tribes when they had formed their alliances long before Thalia set foot in the desert. The only time she felt welcome was when she had something to offer: perhaps hunting for a starving family, or trading and fixing gadgets and other
Calling OutNight in the city was never dark nor quiet enough for proper rest unless you slept in a closet. Thalia wished her excuse for not being asleep at that moment was because there was too much outside noise and too much light seeping into Alden's bedroom, but the real problem was that she couldn't turn off her mind. There was a thought convention going on in her head, and it simply wouldn't adjourn for the evening.Calling Out by Delvii
She sighed once more and extracted herself from the covers, crossing the room to the window. She turned up the window fan, hoping it would drown out her thoughts with its white noise. Thalia had increased its speed twice already; maybe the third time would be a charm. She carefully slipped back into bed, aware of where Alden was so she wouldn't disturb his peaceful slumber. At least one of them was at rest, although Thalia thought it would be nice if Alden's ability to sleep through anything, probably even through nuclear war, was somehow contagious.
When Thalia couldn't force he
One Year With YouThe streets of Juand City were filled with the clamor of a million and more drunks, as the midwinter festival neared its inevitable conclusion. People didn't need a reason to celebrate, they just needed a reason to remain alive for another cycle of seasons. For a week out of the year, when the days were shortest, the Council took a step back and allowed citizens to run wild through the city. The festival was just long enough for everyone to put aside the misery they were living in and to blur social lines and constraints, but not long enough for anyone to forget that the military was still lingering in the background. The crowds were intoxicated but not completely uninhibited.One Year With You by Delvii
The section of city where Alden lived and worked was just as loaded on merriment as any other part of Juand, but Alden had little interest in getting drunk when he could use the opportunity to push his underground merchandise. The commotion was a perfect ruse. He could make deals openly among the throng of bodies