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For as long as she can remember, La'tiera has known her purpose, her destiny. As the Bearer of the Eye, she will wait until the appointed time then sacrifice herself to the demons so the lands will be safe.
Yet as the time approaches, she is snatched from her home by strangers and is told it is for her protection. These strangers tell her she is not to be a sacrifice, but must fight to live in order for the world to be saved.
La'tiera will not be swayed, however, her duty clear. Despite their clever lies, she will follow through on her destiny and do what is required. Her every effort will be put to freeing herself from her kidnappers and meeting her fate as planned.
La'tiera was left alone with the two men who'd kidnapped her. She rose to her feet, feeling tense, and stood near the wall. So she was quite startled when Rostocha dropped to one knee before her and bowed. Dal followed suit.
"Bearer, please allow me introduce myself.I am Rostocha of the fifth tier of Watchers, son of Lalu and Nathan."He lifted his head, his eyes seeking her surprised ones."I earnestly apologize for our methods, but they were necessary.We needed to make sure we could take you safely from your prison and could privately explain ourselves to you."
He appeared earnest, but La'tiera didn't believe him. "I don't care to hear your explanations.I only want you to take me back where I belong."She tried to make her expression hard, though in truth she quivered inside.
Rostocha looked away. "I'm sorry, but that is not possible. Our world is in peril and you are the key to our salvation.It is our duty to educate you, to keep you safe, until the time comes.Then after the danger is past, if you still wish to return, we will do as you ask."
"What lies!" La'tiera felt a flash of anger bring heat to her face."If you honestly wanted the world to be saved, you wouldn't be making these promises to me."
"La'tiera, what are you talking about?" Dal asked her.
She pierced him with a hard stare. "I could hardly choose to go back home once I was dead, could I?"
This brought Dal to his feet. "Dead? Why would you be dead?"
"Because it is required!"
Rostocha followed suit, a look of comprehension dawning on his face."You believe you have to be a sacrifice."
Dal spun to stare first at him then at her."What? That's insane!"
His utter shock at the fact confused her.
"You were expecting to die? You were going to allow yourself to be killed?"
She possessed no idea what to make of the horrified expression on his face. "Of course.I will do what is necessary, what I was chosen to do."
"The Eye is not a mark of Death!"
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