by Tracey Clark
My entry in this anthology is Giving Chase… a look at Savien Volt (A character that will drop by in book two of the Finder’s Keepers series)… here is an excerpt …
Savien Volt moved through the closely packed trees, checking for moss and berries, for tree sap and varying ivy plants. He was amazed at the number of potion ingredients to be found in the Kentucky area of Earth-side. Once he finished collecting ingredients from the trees and brush, he had a number of caves to explore for their limestone, bats, and other things that liked to dwell in dark, cool and damp places.
The cool breeze was a welcomed relief on his sweat soaked skin. Savien just needed a few more plants and then he could move into the cooler caves within in the Carter Cave systems to continue his ingredient hunt.
He could feel eyes watching him as he worked but refused to turn around. The man at his back would just have to wait for him to finish searching through the clover patches littering the ground.
If silence could crush the life from a person, Savien would have been in trouble. The power and feeling of anger coming from his visitor added enough weight to interrupt his train of thought. Glancing over his shoulder, he met Anton’s glare. “I already answered you, so why are you here?”
Antonius ‘Anton’ Slade moved slowly but with purpose as Savien turned back to his work. Moving around Savien’s kneeling form, he got down in the dirt and grass. Picking through the clover, Anton remained silent.
Savien worked to fill his potion’s satchel, but finally stopped. “I do not have time.” Still Anton said nothing, continuing to dig through the clover. “I mean it Anton. I have one week to collect all I need for the Queen. One week, and I still need to go through the caves. One week and I go back through the nearest portal. I need to get to work on the potions and spells that will help to promote a healthy birth. I plan to saturate the birthing chamber with positive energy, and I want at least a month to add to the –“
“Yes, yes. And you will. I will personally make sure that you have what you need. I will find your ingredients, while you find Trina Blue.”
“Look. I want to do more than prepare the birthing chamber. I need to –“
“Indeed.” Anton stood up and handed Savien the pile of clovers he had collected. Dusting off his pants and hands, Anton braced his legs apart and crossed his arms. “I am well aware of the protections you plan to place around the Castle. I promise that you will have more than enough ingredients by the time you need to leave for Out-realm. More than enough. Besides, the Queen has sent help and has already approved my request.”
“Fine. But screw this up and I will find a way to jinx even you.”
Giving a masculine chuckle, Anton walked off. “Jinx away, my friend. Just make sure you also bring Miss Blue back before you do.”
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