TITLE: The Keeper
GENRE: Adult Fantasy
After witnessing the cruel yet necessary beating of one of their captive visitors, Era confronts her parents, Nyx and Savin, about the use of such violence. In order to preserve the fragile core of their world and the one below, Savin uses the moment to remind his daughter about her previously learned lessons.
“There’s no need for such actions,” Era said.
“Era, he isn’t one of the puppies you’re so used to. He isn’t an heir from one of the other houses. He is a Brody, and a stubborn one at that. He has been brought to the truth, and his core is a little brighter. As should be your own,” I said patiently.
“Because he seeks the truth? You deny it to him and beat him instead. I’ve no idea how it serves the core.” At this Savin set down his bread and stared at her.
“Tell me the core, Era.” She laughed bitterly.
“I’m no child, Dad. I passed my lessons long ago.”
“To preserve the core means to reflect and revisit it constantly. To have the deepest experiences possible and to come to recognize those pieces in a different light based on our constantly changing experiences. So tell me the core.”
“Love. Truth. Loyalty. Innocence. Pain.” She said the last word with disdain.
“What is my path?” He was unbuttoning his shirt. I cringed, for I knew his intentions.
“Savin, don’t,” I whispered.
“Pain, but…” Era answered.
“Do you know how I learned it? How I was forced to see the full truth? Part of it was separation from those who truly mattered to me. From those I loved, and love still. That pain was tremendous, and it pushed me on. But much of it was like Jamie Brody in that moss-lined cell.”