Esdras set the deathstone box on a shelf in the captain’s cabin and crossed his arms, eyes grave as he turned back to Haera. “They’ll kill us for this.”
“We were already marked,” Haera said dismissively, nudging Moses away from her unfinished dinner. The goat gave her a turpid look, which she met with an unimpressed roll of her eyes.
“You notice the Abbess sent no priest with us.”
“They treasure their souls.”
Haera laughed. “You think I still have one? That any of us do? We share the Temperian’s arrogance. They’re not the only god killers here.”
Written for The Prediction, Shepherdess is an ongoing epic fantasy flash fiction story featuring Haera, a warrior who put her bloody past behind her. When her old crew comes calling, she finds herself back where it all started. This week’s challenge words were share, shelf, and turpid.