TITLE: STAR THIEF
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Nolan’s eyelids felt as though they were weighted with lead, but he fought to keep them open. He knew he needed to sleep, but he felt like if he lay down right now he’d wake up with fingers so frozen he’d be able to snap them off. Three inches from Kris’s magical fire, they were just getting enough sensation back now to feel as though he’d stuffed them into a sack full of needles.
“How can it be this cold even with the fire burning?” Kris murmured. By the firelight, Nolan could see her breath mist out in front of her. A crack in her lower lip shone with blood, contrasting sharply with the chalkiness of her cheeks. Very stiffly, she reached to unlace her left boot. She winced as she pulled her foot free to massage her toes.
“It’s like the mountains eat the heat up,” Nolan said. “How do you feel? Do you think you can…”
Kris nodded tiredly. “I can keep it going.”
Nolan held her eyes. “Don’t burn yourself out.”
She snorted. “Don’t tell me how to do magic, Nolan. I’ve been rationing all I can. I’m fine.” She stuffed her left foot back into the boot and pulled her right foot out. “How much farther, do you think?”
Nolan shrugged and breathed into his hands. “We have three days until midwinter. I think it’ll take us right until the end.”