5E 20, 2 Last Seed
After months of hearing nothing but secondhand information and idle gossip about Rowan and Ben, Vilkas had decided it was time to find out for himself what was going on. He knew Ulfric had passed away and Dolff had taken the throne as Jarl of Windhelm, but he hadn’t received so much as a letter from any of them since it had happened. Rumors were rampant, of course, and when Coranil and Kaaley—whom he’d had suspicions about for quite some time—suddenly disappeared from Whiterun for several weeks, he began to plan a trip to Windhelm. Athis had refused to let him travel alone, so the two of them had set out a few days ago, and they arrived at the Palace of the Kings just after noon.
I spoke with my publisher over the weekend and showed him my tarot cards. He has agreed to publish them. YAY!!!!! I still have some work to do on the companion book, so I’d better get moving. I’m so excited! I’ll keep everyone posted as to when it looks like it will be out.
5E 20, 26 Sun’s Height
Ben took the time to enchant a black hood to give himself some protection from the sun; and he, Rowan, and their parents set out for Riften the next day. Since Odahviing couldn’t carry four people, Selene and Brynjolf borrowed horses. Ben teased his father, who was in his mid-fifties, about such a long journey on horseback.
“Are you sure your bones can handle the ride, old man?”
“I can still kick your arse, little boy, especially during the day. You’re in a weakened state till sundown, so you’d better watch your mouth. I haven’t turned you over my knee since you were ten, but that doesn’t mean I won’t still do it.”
5E 20, 21 Sun’s Height
Selene was in a place of shadow, and she could barely see two feet in front of her face, but she was as comfortable as if she were in her own home. She would find her way with her sense of smell, and the Shadows would guide and protect her. But tonight, it seemed they were more interested in speaking with her than keeping her hidden.
“Selene,” the Shadows whispered repeatedly.
She tried to make her way through the darkness, but they called her name insistently, some of them tugging gently on her arm or cape. “What?” she demanded finally.
“Come to us. Embrace the Shadows. Embrace Nocturnal. Seek her out in the Hall.”
A/N: Sexual situations. Not appropriate for children.
5E 20, 16 Sun’s Height
Ben came awake slowly, afraid to open his eyes, fearing that the rescue had just been a happy dream. The thirst was still there, but it wasn’t as urgent, and the scents were different. He smelled the stale air of an old castle, seawater, human blood, and her. He was warm, wearing trousers and covered by a soft blanket, and gentle fingers combed through his long hair. A hand to his chest indicated that all the wounds Ergyu had inflicted were gone. There wasn’t even any scarring. Then again, perhaps he was still dreaming. Well, if he was, he was going to embrace this dream for as long as he could. He opened his eyes to see Serana lying next to him, smiling.
I just posted my last new tarot card. I thought it was kind of fitting that it was the Ten of Septims, which represents (among other things) completion and celebrating one’s accomplishments. What am I going to do to celebrate? I’m thinking of having a good cry. I’ve had so much fun working on the cards, and though there’s still plenty of work to do yet if I want to have them published, the artwork is done, and that’s bittersweet.
Now comes the hard part. I’ve mentioned the cards to my publisher, and he was receptive, so I’m going to show him the whole deck at a convention in April, and we’ll see what happens as far as getting it into print. In the meantime, I’m working on a companion book, which means more detailed descriptions, research, and even tweaking the cards. If anyone has suggestions for things that might be improved on the individual cards, they would definitely be welcome.
I can’t thank the hubby, my friends, and my followers enough for your support, encouragement, and feedback (both positive and negative) as I made these cards. If it wasn’t for you guys, I never would have finished the deck, and I’m so grateful.
The Ten of Septims is a positive omen. It represents accomplishment, hard-earned wealth and prosperity, and security—both financial and emotional. It implies close relationships with friends and family and encourages the seeker to celebrate his accomplishments with loved ones.