They directed their mounts, Ira and Mingo, around a bend in the road. Ahead stretched fields now void of their summer oats and wheat. In the distance, farmhands carted away their earlier harvest of grain stalks for threshing. Clouds of chaff billowed in the air.
“Have you given any thought to what it is that we’re eventually supposed to do?” Reigna asked, finally breaking the silence.
Eden shrugged. “I was rather hoping you had some answers.”
“I guess we’re identical in more ways than one,” Reigna said with a chuckle.
“Yes . . . but we are also quite different in other ways.”
“True.” Reigna pulled on Ira’s reins, directing the animal’s attention away from some tall, lush greenery that had momentarily distracted it. “Are you still sure that it was right of us not to return to the compound?”
“Yes. Whatever else happens, and whatever they’ve done at the compound in response to our having left there, I think they’ll be glad to know that we’re gone when that trouble arrives.”
“How do you suppose Zarek’s men found and infiltrated the compound in the first place?”
“I’ve been thinking about that. From what those men said, Zarek has been looking for us since our birth. I suppose he was bound to find the compound sooner or later.” Eden bit her lip. “Remember that storm months ago that left areas unprotected when the crystals blew down? Maybe that explains how he located us. And I think Dixon was right when he surmised that the intruders stepped up their incursions from the north so as to take attention from other areas.”
“Hmmm, yes,” Reigna said. “From what those hoodlums said, someone made it to the compound center earlier.”
“It seems so.”
“Are you worried?”
“For those at the compound?” Eden asked. “No. And I think you might be right—as you surmised earlier—that this adventure of ours is Creovita’s way of . . . keeping us safe.”
“Still, I would have liked to have put an arrow into that Nibal creep.”
Reigna chuckled. “Agreed.” She looked at her sister. “But only after I put a sword through Borka’s middle.”
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