A Cold Spring–Episode 12: Lodestone


Welcome to the #AtoZChallenge at Sorchia’s Universe.

 

Find Episodes 1-8 HERE

Episode 9: Icy Curses

Episode 10: Jagged Rocks and Jolting Reality

Episode 11: Kinship Will Out

“A Cold Spring” by Sorchia DuBois

Episode 12: Lodestone

 

 

 

 

High above the castle, a waning moon rose in the indigo sky. The silver bell announced dinner, but Maddock and I trailed behind the chattering laughing crowd as they moved toward the grand dining room.

 

Maddock pressed a small smooth object into my hand. “I found it along the shore this morning. It reminded me of you.”

 

“A witch stone.” A cold, black sphere perched on my palm, perfectly round with a hole completely through the center. I held the bauble to my eye, winking at him through the chink. “But you know many witches besides me.”

 

He wrapped my fingers around the orb. “It’s a lodestone, a natural magnet. At least one element finds it absolutely irresistible. You draw me to you like this stone draws iron.”

“Then this stone will ensure you always find your way to me––no matter what.”

 

“No matter what.” He kissed me chastely as befits an occasion when a number of skeptical relatives look on, but the strength of his hands, the warmth of his arms, the smell of the sea in his black hair, and the taste of his lips promised something more once dinner was over and our guests departed.

 

His hand in mine, we followed the crowd into the dining room.

See you tomorrow for Episode 13: Magic of the Darker Kind

 

 


About SorchiaD

Award-winning author Sorchia Dubois lives in the piney forest of the Missouri Ozarks with eight cats, two fish, one dog, and one husband. A proud member of the Scottish Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She can often be found at Scottish festivals watching kilted men toss large objects for no apparent reason.

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