Rulers of the Skies Ch 2Ren stifled a yawn and leaned against the pole around which the Sea Dog was anchored. The sun made him sleepy and he couldn’t do a thing whilst Crooks was out at his meeting, if it could be called that. He closed his eyes and folded his arms enjoying the smells of Theros. He could smell the heady spices indicative of Xin food. He listened to the constant buzz of noise and picked out all the different accents. There was no such thing as a person from Theros, this place was the world and everybody was welcome here, kings or paupers, young or old. He cracked an eye open and saw two young women strolling past looking up at the Sky Dog. One was a particular beauty and she caught his eye. He smiled lazily at her and tipped his head slightly, “A beauty.”
“Aye she is,” replied the girl looking up at the ship once again.
“Wasn’t talking about the ship.”
The girl arched her eyebrow at him, “I was.”
Ren grinned and ran his hands through
Rulers of the Skies Ch 1The port of Theros was as great a marvel as Alicia’s books had always said. The sun shone down on the beating heart of the Aryshian kingdom and in the middle of it stood Alicia. Proud ships were anchored to the port and the bobbed gently on the wind. Above Alicia, an eagle drifted lazily on the updrafts of the wind. She watched it briefly before she started to move through the crowd of traders, merchants and travellers. A fire dancer waltzed about on a platform, the sun reflected off the pieces of silver on her clothes and she appeared to dance in flames. She spun and her long braid whipped about her tanned body as she slowly raised her hands above her body and the markings on her arms began to catch fire. The flames travelled up her body seemingly fed by the cheers and applause of the onlookers. Suddenly, a phoenix sprouted from her hands and rose up into the air forming an umbilical cord with its mother. It shrieked and spread its flaming wings twisting upwards and into the sky