Mountain of Truth – Snippet 10

Mountain of Truth: The Revelations of Oriceran, Soul Stone Mage, Book 3

By Sarah Noffke & Martha Carr

The Kingdom of Virgo has lived in peace for thousands of years… until now.

Chapter Seven

Gillian was right. The unicorn had been the key. Azure had stood on the stage and told her people about the water source, the virus, and their fate. The grave faces that had stared back at her sought to steal her peace. However, when she called for Blisters and the runt unicorn trotted onto the stage, the Virgoans forgot their problems.

Witches jumped in the air and wizards shouted louder than she’d heard them do in a long time. The crowd dispersed, the excited voices discussing a celebration to welcome the unicorn to the realm. They had other things to celebrate as well, like the fact that the other unicorns had purified the water sources, so they’d largely avoided a colossal attack from the Land of Terran. Yes, many had drunk the water or consumed herbs or food from the farm, but the magic loss would take time, according to Emeri.

Azure ordered that all the crops irrigated with the infected water be destroyed. It would set the people of Virgo back, but it was for the best. The fairies had agreed and decided to work through the night to prepare the farms for new seeds.

“It’s going to work out,” Emeri said, taking the place beside her daughter.

“I know. It just feels like a huge setback, and directly after my coronation,” Azure said, watching as a group of witches knelt by Blisters and took turns petting his soft mane. Unicorns weren’t known to be whores for attention, but Blisters didn’t seem to follow the protocol of most unicorns. Actually, he broke every single rule regarding the majestic creatures.

Finswick stared at the display, his expression calculating. Azure reached down and patted the feline on the head. “Don’t worry. He’s not replacing you.”

Her familiar turned his gaze up to meet her. “I’d hope not. I’ve never made the request to have my own wing,” Finswick said.

“We didn’t give it to him,” Azure replied.

“No, but you gave him the oversized suite usually reserved for the Silver Griffins when they visit Virgo. What will you tell them when they come?” Finswick asked, his black and white tail flicking with anger.

“I’ll tell them that they have the honor of rooming with a chatty unicorn. They’ll be delighted,” Azure replied, knowing this problem with Blisters was far from over. Those damn unicorns had known what they were doing when they bargained. They had dumped Blisters on her, and the trail of issues he brought with him went on for miles.

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