Red Moonglow on Snow
On their missing daughter's second birthday, Lira's former lover fulfills His promise and returns her to the wrong side of her exiled mother's home- as punishment, as retaliation, as a second abandonment. Lira's haunted by her past as she explores her mother's, and no matter which way she runs, she's fully aware that she's wandering a hallway of trees that can only lead her right back to Him. More
"I am the daughter of Elaar, born in a world very far removed from this one. My long ago love brought me here, to Home, and dropped me at the feet of Soldiers, knowing that they'd kill me for being my mother's child. It was punishment for letting Others steal his daughter."
[You can't say that,] the demon scowls.
Disoriented and alone, Lira's dream of returning to her exiled mother's and murdered father's place of birth has turned into a nightmare. Today is her missing daughter's second birthday, and now all hope of finding her is gone. Her daughter's father brought her here, to Home, and He intentionally set her on the wrong side of the country. As punishment, as retaliation, as a second abandonment.
This region of grass and hills still screams from the gender-driven civil war that ravaged it two generations ago, and Lira barely opens her eyes before becoming as hunted as her mother once was. Taken hostage by a unicorn and close to death, she barely escapes to The Trees, the place her parents had lived, and fought, and loved in.
Only there's no such place as safe. She's haunted by her past as she explores her mother's, and no matter which way she goes, she's fully aware that she's wandering a hallway of trees that can only lead her right back to Him.
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