In this scene, the vehicle our heroes Nakeisha and Chaney were using has been disabled by a sand storm and they’re forced to spend the night out in the desert. This is one of my favourite scenes in the book. :-D
It was almost too dark to see by the time they settled themselves on the sand-filled hollow. Nakeisha lay with her head pillowed on Chaney’s shoulder. Together they watched the stars appear, then the moons of Anchyre started their journey across the night sky.
“Do you know the story of the moons?” Chaney asked.
“They have a story?”
“The large one is called Kandor and the small one is Shinandu. Early in its history, Anchyre was ruled by a powerful warlord in the North and an equally powerful queen in the South.”
“Their names wouldn’t happen to be Kandor and Shinandu would they?”
“Yes. Now don’t interrupt. The two were desperately in love, but a curse kept them apart.”
“It was believed that should Kandor and Shinandu ever come together, a disaster of epic proportions would befall Anchyre.”
“They may have been rulers, but they were only human after all, and eventually Kandor could stand it no longer and went to his beloved in the dark of night. She tried to resist, but was unable to withstand his charm. Their joining caused a cataclysmic explosion that blew them into the sky and caused Anchyre to become giesthenis.”
“You made that up,” Nakeisha accused, raising her head slightly to look at him.
“See for yourself,” Chaney said. “Every night since, Kandor has chased Shinandu across the sky. It’s said if he ever catches her, Anchyre will be restored to its former glory.”
“It’s a lovely story,” she said, laying her head back down. “I hope some day Kandor catches Shinandu.” She yawned and made herself more comfortable.
“Look,” Chaney pointed. “A shooting star. My people believe them to be good omens.”
“Hmm?” she murmured sleepily. “Mine make wishes on them.”
“What did you wish for, Nakeisha?” he asked softly.
There was no answer. He turned his head to look at her and her eyes were closed. The day had finally caught up to her and she was asleep. With a contented sigh, Chaney, too, closed his eyes and went to sleep.
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