Candle in the Rain, Inferno in the Wind

The world could be callous and cruel, even before it was ravaged by indolent pollution and the greed of Man. It doesn't matter if you are born into a world of plenty, as was Rhystea; or you were born into a land of paltry, such as Sphaere. When a dividing line between these two worlds is being raised, how far will people go to ensure their place? Sphaere and Rhystea find out the hard way that, sometimes, you are the price for someone else’s ticket.

What will they see, as they are dragged out of their lives? Who will they become, when caught between a rock and a hard place? What will they do, when tasked with Cekell, the child of Necessity and Hubris – who could either be the key to their salvation, or the engine of their destruction. Eventually they must ask themselves, ‘what will Cekell become?’ Will they hold him high into the light, hoping he will be able to discern wrong from right? Will they cast him into shadow, clambering over him as they seek to save only themselves?

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Chapter 0: The Cost for a Future, and Who Pays the Price (Part I)
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Chapter 1: The Cost for a Future, and Who Pays the Price (Part II)
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Chapter 2: The Princess, the Pauper, and the Progeny of Conflict (Part I)
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Chapter 3: The Princess, the Pauper, and the Progeny of Conflict (Part II)
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Chapter 4: Freedom of Power, Confinement of Solitude (Part I)
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Chapter 5: Freedom of Power, Confinement of Solitude (Part II)
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Chapter 6: Law of the Jungle: Survival of the Fittest (Part I)
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Chapter 7: Law of the Jungle: Survival of the Fittest (Part II)
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Chapter 8: When Might Makes Right, Weakness is a Sin (Part I)
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Chapter 9: When Might Makes Right, Weakness is a Sin (Part II)
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Chapter 10: Courage, Cowardice and Conviction (Part I)
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Chapter 11: Courage, Cowardice and Conviction (Part II)
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Chapter 12: Misericorde (Part I)
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Chapter 13: Misericorde (Part II)
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Chapter 14: The Observer and the Observed (Part I)
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Chapter 15: The Observer and the Observed (Part II)
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Chapter 16: Chance Encounter, Fated Crossing (Part I)
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Chapter 17: Chance Encounter, Fated Crossing (Part II)
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Chapter 18: Progeny of Conflict: Prelude (Part I)
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Chapter 19: Progeny of Conflict: Prelude (Part II)
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Chapter 20: First Blood, Innocence and Consequence
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Chapter 21: Constellation of Memories
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Chapter 22: Uphill Battles
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Chapter 23: Playthings of Mass Destruction
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Chapter 24: Hunter and Hunted
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Chapter 25: Pea Shooters and Grenade Launchers
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Chapter 26: Raiding Party
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Writing StatusOngoing
Word Count154,012
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