On the Other Side [Heralds of Valdemar series]
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by Mercedes Lackey
Description: Herald Enna didn't want to return to her home village, didn't want to see the people who would remember her from when she was a young girl, and especially didn't want to see Bard Jordie Ambersen again. But Heralds go where they are sent, so she didn't have a choice; she had to face her past.
eBook Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2003 Stars
eBookwise Release Date: July 2010
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [30 KB]
Reading time: 16-23 min.
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I didn't want to come here; I really did not want to see this town ever again. There was nothing to bring me back to Cheverford, after all -- my parents were gone, my brothers all with the Guard or dead, and as for friends, the less said about them, the better
But I didn't have any choice. A Herald goes where she's sent, especially now, when we've lost so many. Truth to tell, I thought that even though I didn't want to come back, I could handle it. I thought I had my emotions neatly tied up and stuffed down into a box.
But when I topped that last hill and looked down into the river valley where Cheverford lay, I could feel my stomach knotting. And nothing that Keria said to me made it any different; this was me place where my life had begun and ended and begun again, and I still wasn't sure that the choices I'd made to end that first life the right ones. Oh, certainly, I had Keria, I was a Herald now, and had all that went with it -- but all of the might-have-beens broke the bonds I'd put on them and reared up like accusing ghosts to surround me.
We trotted down the hill, Keria and I, trailing a cloud of invisible regrets and heartaches. Poor Keria; she didn't deserve to be saddled and bridled with my troubles.
:Your troubles are mine,: she said smoothly, sounding serene, quite as if nothing ever troubled her. Well, I always was the emotional one in our partnership. Nothing much ever seemed to upset Keria -- not that she wasn't sympathetic and deeply empathic, it's just that she never let emotions rule her the way they ruled me.
Just as well, really; we wouldn't be an effective partnership if both of us were ruled by our emotions.