Chapter IX "The Storm"
~near Tesara, Present day
Mirdel arrives at her house hours after sunset. She shuts the door silently behind her, and creeps up the stairs. Her room is silent and dark as she lies on her bed. She puts the mail on her bedside desk and she does her best to fall asleep.
When she starts to drift off, she hears footsteps walking up the stairs, toward her room. She holds her breath, hoping this is just a dream. The foot steps grow louder. She shuts her eyes. Louder. She bites her lip. They stop. The door creaks open.
"Mirdel," whispered a voice.
She looks over to see her father, Takanuva, peeking though the door.
"What is it?" Mirdel asked.
"Where have you been?" Snapped Takanuva.
"Kalda and I went to get mail, but there was... a delay."
"What do you mean by delay?"
Mirdel sits up in bed and Takanuva sits next to her.
"The courier supposedly found the Ignika."
"What?! The mask of Life?"
Takanuva sits there in awe as Mirdel explains what happened.