Mountain of Truth – Snippet 6

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

By Sarah Noffke & Martha Carr

Snippet 6

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

“But how?” Azure asked, but already knew the answer. Luna had said something about the well. Her eyes widened with alarm. “The water! It’s been infected!”

Sari nodded. “It would appear so. Right now the effects are minimal, but soon it’ll take over and steal magic from all witches and wizards in Virgo.”

Azure rushed forward clapping her hands on her Gran’s arms. “Have you drunk any well water?”

Gran pursed her lips. “Dear Azure, I quit drinking from our well long ago. I only drink my elixirs anymore.”

“Because that’s not paranoia at its peak.” Azure shook her head. Suddenly she was grateful for the hunger in her stomach and the night of drinking ale with Monet. “Okay, first we need to stop everyone from using the water source. Then I need to purify our wells.”

“You’re the only one who can sanitize the water, so leave it to me to stop people in Virgo from drinking from the wells.”

“How are you going to do that?” Azure asked, catching the sneaky grin on Gran’s face.

“Easy. Witches and wizards can’t use water if they’re asleep. I’ve been looking for an opportunity to use this new sleeping enchantment I created.” Gran strolled to her grimoire, which was sitting on its stand. The old book was bound in worn leather and the spine was six inches thick. She flipped it open and ran her finger over a spell; apparently it had opened to exactly the page she was looking for.

“How are you going to put everyone in Virgo to sleep?” Azure asked, stepping forward and peering over her gran’s shoulder.

The old woman waved her hand, muttering to herself. “Teritorijalni sna.”

“Gran…” Azure’s voice was cautious. She didn’t doubt that the woman before her could make a few thousand people sleep. Actually, it scared her slightly to think that the old woman had the charm and had been looking for a chance to use it.

“Yes, Azure?” Gran turned, regarding her like they were discussing meal options. “I created a spell that targets Virgoans, so if there are any witches and wizards outside our borders, they will unfortunately fall asleep too.”

Azure nodded, backing up as she stared at the strange witch before her. “I’m grateful that you use your powers for good.”

“Yes, I mostly do,” Sari said, turning back around and reading from her grimoire again.

“I’m going to ignore that you said that out loud. Now, what if the Virgoans you spelled are sailing a boat, or bathing, or eating soup?” Azure said, horror in her voice.

Sari laughed, shaking her head of lavender hair. “Don’t be absurd. Virgoans hardly ever bathe.”

“Okay, well, I guess we’re choosing the lesser of the two evils here. Save a majority, but lose a sailor or two.”

The queen mother pulled her wand from her robes, flicking it at Azure. Because Gran had spells cast on her since she was a baby, she didn’t flinch. “There you go. The spell won’t affect you. Go on now, fix our water supply.”

“Right. Is there a spell in your grimoire you want to loan me for such a task?” Azure asked, indicating the book.

“Oh, there’s nothing in there that will come close to helping you with that nearly impossible task. You, and only you, have an alliance that can help you purify the water.”

The young queen’s mouth popped open, understanding dawning and causing her eyes to widen. “Oh, that’s right! You think…”

Gran nodded her head.

“What if I can’t find them?”

“Then we’re all screwed,” Gran replied.

“So, no pressure then.”

“Oh yes, much weighs on your shoulders, Queen Azure. And be swift. I can only make the Virgoans sleep for an hour.”