1. Magic burns like hot peppers, sometimes pleasant, sometimes not.
2. “I worry about you,” she said, tucking away a strand of hair from his face, “You’re too newly hatched to face this test.”
“I am from a line of Kings,” he objected. “I’ve been bred for this, it’s what I was meant to be.”
“I hope so.”
“I know so.”
3. Two shadows trot along the ridge of darkness. Only a breath brighter than their surrounds, they’re ghostly echoes of what the dark used to be.
4. The world is full of noise, hundreds of things constantly demanding her attention… So one day she turned it all off.
5. “I think you’ve missed the point. This isn’t about the end of the world, it never was. This has always been just about you and me.”
1. The walls around the city are barely three feet tall; nothing on this planet ever learned to jump or climb.
2. Going partially deaf is more terrifying than he’d prepared for. His brain is all too willing to fill in the emptiness with what it expects to hear, and his mind teases voices from the static.
3. Running from your past is easy, it’s your future that’s harder to escape.
4. When they said ninety percent of the writing on the internet was crap, they were being optimistic. But somewhere in the archives was the data he needed, so if it took him weeks or months to hone the search algorithms it was still worth the dig.
5. She has twelve souls under her watch, to guide and guard from the gates of Hell. So every full moon when they lose themselves, she does the killing for them.
1. The world is silent and still, dead without even the smallest hint of life.
2. Cars are too easy to see, even off-road, so they break out on foot, doing their best to seek cover from the drones.
3. They cover the plane in orange and green goop to deice it, sprayed from hoses held by operators too wrapped up in staying warm to notice the kids’ joy.
4. It looks much warmer than it is; a gloriously blue sky with no clouds and bright sunshine– bouncing off ice at least an inch thick and more snow that I hope to see again in my lifetime.
5. My mother left us when I was two. Or we left her, my father’s always been vague about who did the actual moving, but he’s always been clear about the fact she had enough of my abilities. She wrote me a letter before she left, explaining everything including why she didn’t want me trying to find her.