Chapter 19 Snippet

The look in her eyes bespoke more. General Talros reached into a hidden pocket for a coin. He passed it into the woman’s hand and her fingers closed upon it. A quick test of the teeth and a heartbeat later, the coin had vanished.

“In the houses beyond the old section. There are matches there sometimes. I see this girl, and she hunts among the ruins. One house with a broken shutter near the front, many times. Our boys say she takes coin from them on occasion. We went once to check her hiding-place and found a man’s footsteps in the dirt. The girl does not come anymore.”

-Nightingale, Chapter 19

About melissamickelsen

Melissa Mickelsen wrote her first book at age fourteen when she discovered that writing was just as fun as reading. After earning a master’s degree in technical communication, she worked in Germany writing and designing newsletters for a nonprofit organization. As a military spouse, Melissa lives with her husband and their two children wherever the government sends them. You can visit her website at
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