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A childish giggle startled him.
Dmitri whirled around, looking for the source of the giggle, and found it in a boy that seemed to be made of ice, kneeling at the side of the path. Dmitri took a moment to calm his breathing, and it was then he noticed the plant that the boy was holding. It was the same type that had surrounded his door, and was more lively and real-looking than almost everything around, including the boy.
The boy looked up at him, and Dmitri's breath caught. The boy's eyes were large and nearly ghost-white, in fact nearly the same color as Dmitri's own. "So, Dmitri Skylor," the boy said softly. "Do you think you're going to fix things all on your own?"
Dmitri swallowed, and his hand tightened on the staff. "How do you know my name, boy?"
The boy giggled again, revealing sharply pointed teeth in a grin that was shades too wide for comfort. "You're a fool if you think us in this Book of Stories don't know your story. You've cast some ripples in your d
And so begins the tale of one of Lady Ink's unlikely champions. Dmitri set off into the frozen wastelands of the mysterious book, though he knew not where they would lead, nor for what exactly he searched. He only knew that in these oddly perfect mountains of ice lay some of his answers. And perhaps what Lady Ink had been concealing from him.
He had wondered if he had perhaps been overhasty in accepting her quest and the dire consequences she threatened until he saw this unnaturally still and perfect landscape. This more than anything else confirmed the fact that he was right to take that leap of faith. It simply didn't seem real here, not the soft floating fires or even the angles of the path he walked. But there was nothing else around him, nothing that would lead toward his quest but this mysterious path. And from what he knew, most hero's quests began with a journey.
So he kept walking.
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