By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris, co-authors of the Rita Walker series
Oli sees that Eau-de-vie is not far from Cachaça. She helps ‘Wheel Turner’ climb down then without waiting drops down herself. The pond is only a few steps away. She glances around as she waits for ‘Wheel Turner’ to taste the water. There’s plants growing in the water but no fish, a good sign its fresh water. At the far end there’s a V-shaped gap where she guesses any overflow of water from rain flows down to whatever is below.
“It’s fresh,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says.
Oli glances up at the sky then strips off her clothes. “Who knows when we’ll be able to bathe in fresh water again,” she says.
“Aye,” ‘Wheel Turner’ agrees pulling off her own clothes.
Oli notices the pool is only a league deep near the shore where she and ‘Wheel Turner’ frolic for a moment, splashing water at each other.
“Let’s see what’s over the other ridge,” Oli suggests. She dunks her head in the water. When she surfaces she shakes her hair. “This water feels so good,” she laments.
“Off to the edge of the world,” ‘Wheel Turner’ says with a whiny voice followed by a laugh.
Oli grabs her knife. She sees ‘Wheel Turner’ follow suit. Never good to be weaponless, as ‘Dizzying Blade’ has reminded her many times.
With her knife blade in her mouth Oli pulls aside some fern leaves. Her eyes widen as she stares down a precipice. On the far side she sees a waterfall pour into a pool. Around the pool are very peculiar looking people. With much diligence she lets the leaves of the fern fall back into place. She glances at ‘Wheel Turner’ whose bulging eyes she imagines are a reflection of her own.
Dan Watt is the author of BARD an epic fantasy story
Taylor Norris, RMT, as First Mate ‘One Eye’ Olanis: firstname.lastname@example.org
With thanks to Joanne Gosling (Navigator ‘Storm Caller’ Master Jo Anne): Joanne is an Interior Decorator who specializes in closets: Jgosling@calclosets.com Calclosetsjoanne or Joannegosling22@gmail.com;
Leah Weir (Helmswoman ‘Wheel Turner’ Synthia): model and cover editor;
Fire & Steel for the Medieval Rapier: http://fireandsteel.ca/
Alex Watt for background pictures
Daiana Duca for background pictures