By Patricia A. McKillip
Kyreol's small global starts off on the Face, a excessive rock cliff, and ends at Fourteen Falls, a chain of rapids. every year, her humans have fun Moon-Flash—a spark of sunshine that turns out to come back from and pass into the moon, an emblem of lifestyles and pleasure. whilst a mysterious stranger arrives, Kyreol desires to recognize extra approximately him, in addition to the Moon-Flash, and shortly she and her early life good friend Terje depart their domestic to seem for solutions. these solutions will pluck Kyreol from Riverworld and remodel her lifestyles forever—by fast-forwarding her right into a destiny she will slightly comprehend.
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Thankfully, nobody acknowledged whatever to her. the path ended on a sandy shore the place the boats have been moored. all of them clambered into the boats, their monstrous mask bumping jointly as they knelt down. They confronted downriver, and Kyreol puzzled in the event that they scared the fish. She watched the dip and circle of oars as they sped throughout the water towards the deep, violent voices of the drums. In a ship forward, Terje sat nonetheless, his head bent. She questioned what he used to be pondering. The boats angled around the river. The darkish cliffs rose larger, towering opposed to the sky. They replaced as Kyreol checked out them. One second they have been easily stone partitions bordering the river, with abnormal styles of ridges and holes in them. the following second, the styles become stairs, walkways, doorways, home windows, carved into the rock. They stay within the cliffs, Kyreol idea, and remembered the portray of the cliff-dwelling contained in the caves. extra mask met them as they obtained out of the boats. The drums roared in triumph, then stopped unexpectedly. the group ready at the shore parted, and a sunmask walked via them. The masks was once an enormous, around disk woven of reeds, then painted gold. The solar had around eyes and a around mouth, and cheeks painted with eco-friendly starting to be issues. The mask from the boats greeted the sunlight, and a woman’s voice spoke in resolution. Terje was once introduced ahead. They took off his masks, so Kyreol might see his soiled, startled face. The Sun-Woman touched his hair. Then she took off her personal masks. Her hair used to be reasonable as Terje’s. the group murmured at the back of her. The drums sounded back, softly. the girl acknowledged whatever to Terje. He shook his head a bit. She snapped her palms, and folks from the gang moved ahead. They took his fur cloak off, changed it with an extended cloak of tanned disguise, painted with a swirl of mask and our bodies. They positioned a spear in a single of his palms and a bone knife within the different. once they started portray a moon-flash on his face with dye from a bowl the colour of blood, anything deep within Kyreol that replied with no phrases to desires and the area lurched her complete physique ahead a step. The Sun-Woman glanced absently towards the stream. because she had already taken one step, Kyreol took one other. Then one other. Reed-Face moved unusually, jerkily towards Sun-Face, who had started to frown. The bone rattle in Kyreol’s hand dropped to her ft. She moved shut adequate to sniff a few of the herbs that hung in little pouches from the Sun-Woman’s cloak—herbs her father used. The Sun-Woman’s face used to be painted sky-blue, with the blood pink moon at moon-flash on one cheek and a hoop of stars on the different. within the surprising silence, her voice curled upward in a query. Trembling, Kyreol got rid of the reed masks from her face. either Terje and the Sun-Woman stared at her. earlier than both of them may well communicate, Kyreol knelt down within the sand. She drew swiftly, with out preventing to imagine. The River-sign. The signal for River-Tree and for Turtle-Crossing. She drew jagged traces for Fourteen Falls, with the rainbows arched over them, and the Sun-Woman made a delicate noise.