Featuring Diako Ta Naqas and Atiyah Hazine
Autumn-Winter, Year 1994
Saraph Territory, The Gardens of Elysia
The throng of Saraphs began to dissipate as the dark, massive shadow emissaries concluded their little speech. Diako didn't care. He only had eyes for the flash of golden feathers he'd seen briefly when Daima had spoken out. Her name was in his throat, but he couldn't force it out into the world. What if he was wrong?
The white tiercel fiercely cut through drifting figures. She didn't appear before him. Jangling nerves twanged under his hide, and Diako realized he was starting to gather static electricity. With a conscious effort, he dissipated the magic. Breathe. He had to breathe. But her name was caught in his beak.
There! A whisper of bright color in the flashy crowd. She was saying something, he couldn't make out what, but it was h