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Published by Writers Exchange E-Publishing, Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2006 Karen Fainges

Writers Exchange E-Publishing

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ISBN 9781921314520

All characters in this book have no existence outside the imagination of the author and have no relation to anyone bearing the same name or names. Any resemblance to individuals known or unknown to the author are purely coincidental.

Pressure, darkness and then a searing light. He was being crushed against his own ribs. The pain was unbearable. The Power was eating him away, even as the room imploded around him.

Grimly he held on. He had to hold the Power within the Link. He knew that he would have to die to make sure that was done - and he could not fail. Too much depended on his success.

He wanted to say goodbye; hold his son, make sure his sister was safe. But there was no time. An eternity of pain and no time. Only the Link.


He woke to the harshness of bark against his cheek and the feel of grass and twigs along his back. For a long while, he lay still, trying to escape the pain. He knew it would hit him all the harder when he opened his eyes.

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