Empress’s Endgame (Book Five of the Death Incarnate Saga)
Published by H. Lee Morgan at Smashwords
Copyright 2013 H. Lee Morgan
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“My Lady, Paola…” Kep cried profusely enough the drops landed on her bloody brow to wash the crimson stains away. Her ancient and youthful body lay in shambles after a confrontation that saved only him, but cost her these final breaths and the loss of his friends, family and people. “What am I to do? I am the last and I cannot seem to stop the bleeding.”
Paola’s one remaining arm raised from her gaping torso to caress Kep’s haunted expression as a mother would console a frightened child. “As in all life, it is now my time to fertilize the land for the next crop to grow strong and bountiful, Kep. My young sapling, it is now time for you to grow out from my shade.” Her voice barely a whisper as coldness crept deeper inside with each fading heartbeat. No longer did pain cause her agony, it was far beyond all feeling other than cold. “You are not the last, but my being harvested will allow me to be with the Wise One again. Flee now. The beast is gone, but it will return. My death will make it stop chasing the mirage. Find the harvester and cultivator… Tell him what happened… before it’s… all… haaa…” her final breath passed and a shuddering roar ripped through the forest as her hand slipped from his cheek.