“So am I,” O’Connor said, studying Jillian, but she did her best to ignore that.
“It was three years after Sauin bloomed that one of the people he’d had a chance to get to know suggested creating a sanctuary for magic users, just in case something was to happen in the future. They had all felt wary eyes on them, so they believed it was possible, and for their own protection as well as the protection of future generations they set about doing just that. Unfortunately the magics they used then are lost to us now, which might be because we simply don’t remember them or because we can’t use them for whatever reason. Maybe the time will come when we regain the knowledge that we need or they might be lost forever.
“The job they’d decided to do wasn’t an easy one. Even though they’d had some experience with the magic they’d found themselves with it wasn’t enough for them to feel certain of what they were doing, but they did believe it was the best option. It was that belief that kept them going when things didn’t go the way they wanted them to, which happened a lot, and when they got to the point that they were waking up just as exhausted as they were going to sleep. From what I was told I get the feeling that there were a lot of pointless arguments during that time and I’m surprised that they managed to stick together long enough to be able to create something like this.
“Fortunately they did and the first time magic was made illegal the Hideout was used by anyone who managed to survive the blooming process, if they managed to get to it safely. Mother said she was told stories of that time by someone she met, and about the Hideout, but I didn’t know how that was possible, when they would have been long dead by then.” Jillian shrugged. “When I was younger it was just nice to be able to spend some time with Mother, because she was always so busy. She stopped telling me them after I asked her for proof that they were true and the little time we spent together dwindled into nothing. I get the feeling that I could never live up to someone that she lost, so I stopped trying.”
“What day was your mother born?”
O’Connor nodded. “One of the abilities that someone born on Sauin’s day will bloom with is the ability to talk to the dead. She could easily have heard those stories from Sauin himself.”
“How do you know that?”
“I’m a thief, Jillian, and I’ve seen the ability sold at the auctions before, although it doesn’t happen very often. Very few people are born on Sauin’s day, even fewer people survive blooming on Sauin’s day, and finding someone after that is almost impossible, so the only time it ever really happens is if someone gets very lucky.”
“Depending on your point of view.”
Mirrored from K. A. Webb Writing.