She didn’t tell Arturion that Kelor-dan had hosted a feast to celebrate her arrival in Merleina. The prince had been a gracious host, attentive to her needs and comfort. He even played a string instrument to the delight of the Court and had led her through several complicated dances. For the first time in days, she enjoyed herself that Karina had completely forgotten about Kala.
The Devatas called her Liyanna, a being of light and air, yet born of earth. The prince’s eyes had shone at the pet name. Kelor-dan had helped her come out of her shell. She had felt truly at one with herself and with everything.
He delivered his promise to take her back to Merleina at sundown. Before he left her, Kelor-dan had kissed her on the forehead and extracted a promise not to forget him.
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