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Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 30

Golden Souls 30

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.


“If Amel is a Soul of Light,” Ril said, in agonized misery, “he must have been degraded beyond all hope of sanity in the UnderDocks on Gelion!”

Ril's grief seemed too large for her to endure. But Dela rejected her certainly. Amel was damaged, yes, but not destroyed. His light had touched her in his guarded smiles.

Suddenly, Dela caught her breath. She pushed Ril from her needing to look her into her eyes, instead. "Ril!” she exclaimed, excitedly. “I know why the Emperor's daughter became The Sacrifice! Why it was necessary!"

Ril stared, her mouth still contorted and her eyes red-lined.

Dela willed faith and hope back into her friend. “The Family of Light has not deserted us,” she said, squeezing Ril’s arms. “The Sacrifice went to Gelion so that Amel could come back to us as he is, now. A bit Vrellish. And less fragile than a purely Golden Demish Fahandlin.”

"Do you really think Amel is …" Ril sniffled, and pawed at Dela's arms. "That he could be …and has not been driven mad by all he’s suffered?"

"We Goldens can be tougher than we look," Dela soothed as she gathered Ril against her with fresh confidence in her resolve. Even the portraits on the wall from the Golden canon seemed to look down in approval and recognize her for their own. “We can be surprisingly strong.”

"Oh Dela, my Princess," Ril's face slowly cleared of its deep burden. "Could I it be that we are blessed, and not cursed, in his coming here?"

“Of course we are!” Dela was struck by a disquieting thought. "But I don’t know how these things work. Since he doesn't seem to know, yet, that he is a Soul of Light, reborn, and possibly even Fahanlin himself — do we have to tell him?"

Neither woman spoke for long seconds. Then Dela decided, “We can think about it later. Tea, first!”

Golden Souls 30
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