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FORBIDDEN

By Mark Knight





Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2012 by Mark Knight

All Rights Reserved.




Chapter I



The Council Chamber shone as though sculpted from light.

But for the nine male and female Council members it was a place of serenity, order. Lesser beings would shrink in here, shielding their eyes and cowering amidst the magnificence of it all. This was, after all, the Council.

“Call forth the accused.”

As the head of the Council, Saliha was always the first to speak. Tribunals always began with her. Out of the nine Council members seated at the semi-circular conference desk, she was the youngest, though exuded a special gravitas all her own. Each of the blue-clad members was equal in every way, however. Each decision weighed neatly and fairly against those of the others. Saliha was the leader, but the Council of Nine acted as one.

A young woman approached the dais. She was just as striking as Saliha, though in a markedly different way. Slim, sylphlike, with hair so fair as to be almost white. There was a glow about her - brighter than the room itself but not quite as bright as the members of the Council who now bore their eyes deeply into her soul.

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