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â€œOkay,â€ Ophelia sipped her drink as she considered how to describe what had happened. Then she stopped and stared at the glass. â€œThis tastes freshly squeezed!â€
â€œIt is,â€ Tilaran said.
â€œHow are you getting fresh oranges?â€ Sera said. â€œThere’s still none in the shops. Mum says it’s going to be a month or so before imports finally get back to normal.â€
â€œWe have our sources,â€ he said.
â€œObviously,â€ Ophelia said. â€œIt’s good though.â€ She took a breath and began to describe the events of earlier to them.
â€œYour ability to sense things is certainly improving quickly,â€ Tilaran interrupted at one point. Ophelia glared at him and he apologised quickly. â€œI’m sorry, please carry on.â€ She nodded to him before continuing with her tale until she reached the point where she lost consciousness. Tilaran scowled thoughtfully andd taped his tongue against his teeth. â€œThat’s pretty much what Silver said. But it’s odd that a psychic of Sophie Ash-â€
â€œWait, mum is a psychic?â€ Sera exclaimed,
â€œYes, your mother is a very powerful psychic, Sera,â€ he said. â€œThat’s how she got het job and it’s also why she should have sensed more of what happened.â€ He looked over at his mother. â€œWhat do you think?â€
â€œThere’s no accounting for what a self-trained psychic will or won’t sense,â€ she said a little too quickly. â€œAnd the loyalists are good at concealment.â€
â€œBoth true,â€ he agreed. â€œAnd yet I still can’t shake the feeling she should have sensed it.â€
â€œWe’ll talk about it later,â€ Halia said.
He hesitated before nodding and turning back to Sera. â€œAnd what did you see?â€ he asked. â€œAs the only one who wasn’t knocked out, so you might have sensed something they missed.
â€œI don’t think I did.â€ Sera repeated the story she had told Ophelia and Silver earlier. When she finished his frown had only deepened.
â€œSo you didn’t sense the oppressive presence that Ophelia and Silver mentioned?â€ he asked and she shook her head.
â€œI felt fine,â€ she said. â€œA little scared because of what was happening but that was all me.â€
â€œAnd you didn’t feel cold? Not even when the Kithreia was all around you?â€
â€œNot at all,â€ she said. â€œShould I have done?â€
â€œYes,â€ he said. â€œIf it had attacked you, it would have frozen you solid unless you have better defenses than you seem to â€“ but even just touching you should have chilled you to the bone. But somehow it didn’t.â€
â€œShe might be cryokinetic,â€ Silver said. â€œThat would give her some resistance.â€
â€œThat’s possible,â€ her grandmother said. â€œBut I would still expect her to have felt something.â€ She smiled warmly. â€œI suspect that the real reason she felt nothing is obvious. Alsia didn’t want her to.â€
Tilaran nodded thoughtfully. â€œYes, Alsia-ida’s reputation does suggest that she would want to avoid collateral damage.â€
Halia chuckled. â€œYes, that too. That’s why she had it put the fire out,â€
â€œSo is this Alsia an enemy or an ally?â€ Ophelia asked.
â€œThat’s complicated,â€ she replied. â€œUnder normal circumstances I’d say ally but there’s a problem. Alsia has very strong feelings about the Lost One’s prison. She likely to try and stop you sending them back.â€
A/N: As promised I have started posting Shattered on Gumroad. It’s PWYW (and Â£0 is acceptable so there’s no risk) so subscribe today. If you want to sample it first then you can read the first chapter on my facebook page. If you like my stuff you”ll love Shattered.