By Nicole Draylock
Copyright 2011 Nicole Draylock
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Chapter 1 – Kyrie’s Woe
Kyrie was finally of age, and though most of the village girls looked forward to joining the ranks of womanhood, she had lived in dread of this day for some months, it was not always so. She had once been as the other girls, looking forward to the greatest achievement of North-woman; bearing fine young sons for the man who won her and made her his own. Though North-women were every ounce as rugged and enduring as the men, it was seldom enough that their voices were heard beyond the hearth. Kyrie had come to realize that she would never feel complete as a hearth warmer for one of the village warriors, her spirit called out for glory of its own.