An excerpt from First Bloom, Lily Carwyn’s 11th First Kiss Romance, available at the Palace in the Sky Bookstore.
Kai-Lynn wandered alone for many days after that. She traveled to rarely visited places through the ice canyons and under the mountains where primal ice drips pure into shimmering pools of lime, cyan and gold. There she rested, gazing up into the cold glow of caverns and tunnels, imagining once again the face of her foolish human boy and wondering what he was thinking at that moment.
There was a hint of recognition on his face. But how could that be? Humans couldn’t see snow spirits. Even if for some reason this human boy could, how could he recognize something he had never seen before?
The other snow spirits became worried about her. Humans had been living in the frozen north for many generations by now. Their affairs had never concerned the fairies of ice and wind before. What made this young spirit so interested in the life of a mortal boy herding and harvesting on a snow-blown farm? As they watched her staring off into space they could think of no way to help her. They shook their heads in wonder.
How could they help her? Kai-Lynn was struggling to understand what she had experienced herself. Even if she tried to tell them what happened, they wouldn’t understand. And that’s only if they believed her in the first place.
What frightened her more than anything else was that she had been seen by a mortal, and that he did not run away from her like most mortals did. In fact, he chased her! After all, to a human boy, a snow spirit must appear a ghost. Why would any mortal not flee from a ghost? Human beliefs held the touch of a departed spirit was a fast ticket to the world beyond. Was that boy foolish enough to risk his life to pursue what he saw? Would he ignore danger just to see Kai-Lynn’s face again?
Or was it something else?
And how was it that he had seen her in the first place? Was he spirit? Is it possible he was a spirit of snow trapped in a human body somehow? Kai-Lynn had known many other spirits. Many of them were boys appearing to be the same age as Banleo. Was he one of her own kind playing some kind of a trick on her? It would explain many things, but she still couldn’t quite bring herself to believe it was that simple.
In fact, it couldn’t be that simple!
Perhaps she had been right about Banleo. Perhaps she was not imagining what she thought she saw in his wild hair and eyes. If he wasn’t a spirit of some kind, he was the closest to a spirit any human Kai-Lynn had ever seen.
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