Shadow and Flame
by Mel Keegan
The music builds, the audience awaits the fire juggler -- Tai Emreth steps into the lights. He sets eyes on the lord of Murkul-zahd and knows he has made a bad mistake. But this show is the price of his liberty: he must go on despite warnings from a stranger with a cat’s moves, a hawk’s eyes, the voice of the wicked cities of the west. The stranger’s vanished now, leaving Tai in terrible danger.