TITLE: The Last Faoii
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Stupid morning bells. Stupid, stupid morning bells. Kaiya cast a baleful glance at the grand iron banes of her existence as she trudged towards Chapel. The bells ignored her and continued to ring with a clarity that was unnecessary in the otherwise silent dawn. Next to her, Mollie made an impatient sound and pulled at Kai’s elbow.
“Come on, Kai. I’m not going to get stuck with dishes for the next two weeks because you think it’s too difficult to get up like any regular faoii for chapel.”
Kaiya wrinkled her nose and yanked her arm away, making a face at her redheaded shield mate. It wasn’t too difficult, just unnecessary. The Goddess didn’t ask for your worship through words or songs. She cared about your love of justice and strength. She cared about your faith in honor and virtue. She cared about the strength that came from being you. You didn’t have to worry about pleasing Her. Why would it matter to the Eternal One whether you got up at dawn or two hours later?
Mollie sighed. “Come on, Kai. Don’t think that way.” Kai scowled. She hated when her shield mate read her unspoken words. Mollie had always been better at using the sight than Kai, and it made the older girl feel vulnerable. It wasn’t even really a violation so much as a mark of shame. Mollie was simply better than Kai at reading someone’s thoughts based on expression and body language. It didn’t make Kai feel any better to know that she was horrible at masking the signs. Even so, she ignored Mollie’s remark, pretending that the younger girl’s sight hadn’t been spot-on.
Nothing got past Mollie, though. Suddenly the redhead stopped, spinning Kai to face her as she planted her hands on leather-clad hips.