I went to the door and called Kalen inside "What's wrong, Tara?" He asked, and I noted with a great

deal of pleasure that he had stopped calling me Princess

"I know how I came to be here, Kalen." I told him "Really? How? Was it in the journal?"

"Um, not exactly. Part of it was, the rest I just

know," I explained to him what had happened "Well, Tara, that's um...interesting, but it's really

only speculation on your part."

"No Kalen. There's nothing speculatory about it. It's

as real as these marks on my arm. I KNOW, because Taryn told me."

"You've spoken with Taryn? You should have told me.

How did you do it?"

"Well, I haven't exactly spoken with her. Not like I'm

speaking with you, but I know it's true just the same."

I could see he didn't believe me, and was about to

argue, and I held up my hand

"Kalen, my sister sacrificed herself to a man she

despises in order to protect me! How do you think that makes me feel?! Awed. Humbled. Angry! She had no right to make that decision for both of us." "She was protecting you, Tara. Something, apparently,

she's always sworn to do."

"Oh! Now you believe me, huh? Well, good, because it's

true. I can't explain it, Kalen, but never question the connection I have with my sister. It's real and it's powerful, and in the end, it will save us all."

Terri Lyn Stanfield



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