GENRE: YA Fantasy
Taking in a slow breath, Liko crouched and slowly made her way towards the edge of the doorway before peeking out. The door was in the back of the Imperia’s briefing room, one of three, all with hanging beads in front of them instead of doors.
The building was a mansion made of marble with heavy oak doors carved with runes. Why Imperia Catherine chose to have beads hanging in her doorways instead of the matching doors was beyond Liko. The beads made small tunes whenever they clinked together, making Liko’s nerves tense.
This particular door was only used by the Imperia’s guards who were dismissed for briefings. And at this particular briefing was Nayeeshi and Tarin.
Liko could see the two of them and the Imperia standing in front of her desk. A coffee press sat on the desk next to an oversized mug, still steaming. Papers and ink pots were strewn over the surface. Liko could smell the coffee from the far end of the room; a nutty, chocolaty aroma, with a hint of hazelnut. The Imperia lived off that stuff.
The Imperia’s back was to her, but Nayeeshi and Tarin were facing forward. Her brother stood stone straight, the only thing that ruined his perfect appearance was that mop of black hair he refused anyone to touch. Tarin on the other hand, made looking like he rolled out of bed a form of art.
“Nayeeshi, you’ll be going alone on this one.” Said Imperia Catherine.