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Book One of The Earthsoul Prophecies

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    “You've kissed her too?” Daris gasped, feigning astonishment.
    “Blast it, Daris! You know what I mean.”
    “Hey, I’m just teasing,” he said, leaning back in his chair. “So what are you going to do?”
    “I don’t know. Avoiding her certainly hasn’t worked. And I don’t like anyway. She’s fun to be around. I still do more things with her than any of my other friends. I really do love her.” He rubbed his eyes wearily. “And that’s the problem. I don’t want to hurt her. Besides, I couldn’t bear it if she stopped loving me back.”
    “Have you tried telling her the truth?” Daris asked.
    “No. How can I tell her something I don’t even understand myself? What do I say? ‘Hey, I’m sorry if you’re in love with me, but the feeling isn’t mutual.’ She’d probably stick a knife in me. At the very least she’d never want to see me again.”
    “I don’t think you are giving her enough credit. I think she would be very understanding.”
    “Great. How about you tell her for me?”
    Not surprisingly, Daris changed the subject. “I passed a mail carrier on my way to the Waypost yesterday,” he said. “Any word from the Elvan capital?”
    “We got a letter from Alexa,” he answered, eager to talk about something other than Tana. “She’s expecting a baby. I know mother is excited, but she didn’t want to talk about it very much. She’s still angry about missing the wedding.”
    “I know. I was there when she got the letter, remember?”
    Jase nodded. What a day that had been. They hadn’t received a letter from Alexa for nearly four months when the wedding announcement arrived. Considering that Andlexces and Kindel’s Grove were four hundred miles apart and that Alexa was busy with her studies at Elldrenei College, the absence of letter hadn’t seemed too unusual. The announcement arriving a good three weeks after the ceremony was over was what had his mother in a fit. She had been so mad when he’d read her the letter that she’d broken a shovel handle over her knee.
    And that was only the start of her anger. The announcement would have reached them in time for them to travel to Andlexces if the mail carrier hadn’t gotten drunk in a tavern in Trian, started a fight, and gotten himself killed. Then, instead of delivering the mail themselves, Trian’s mail workers had sent the whole bag back to Andlexces. When his mother found out what had happened, she’d had the mail carriers thrown in prison for a couple of weeks so they could think about what they had done. Knowing her, the man killed in the tavern had gotten off easy.
    “I wonder how your sister reacted when none of us showed up for her wedding,” Daris mused.
    “About as well as Mother, I suppose. Her poor husband probably thought he’d married a wildcat. I wrote a letter explaining what happened, so I’m sure she’ll be all right.”
    “If it got there,” Daris said.
    “Oh, it did. Mother doesn’t use regular mail carriers anymore. You military guys are much more reliable.”

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