Excerpt – Through the Veil
Tris sat in the prow of the boat, eagerly drinking in all the sights around him. This place was unlike anything he had imagined before, filled with its own kind of magic, and also its own darkness.
He’d had some time to consider what had happened to his brother. Somehow, the tuatha had been waiting for him when he crossed the veil. Had it happened to Laris too? His brother was stronger than Tris, but he likely hadn’t had the aid of someone like Colton, and the sword that now hung at Tris’s waist.
He put his hand on it. He had seen its like many times before at home, one of the swords the Knights of the Guard carried to protect the royal family. So what was it doing here?
“Can I ask you a question?”
“Where did you get the sword?” He looked up at his unlikely protector. “And how did you know where to find me?”
Colton frowned. “It was given to me, and I was told where and when to wait for you.”
Colton frowned, thinking. “I don’t know her name. She’s called the Pharmacist, and she provides… necessities, for a price.”
Tris thought about that. “And what was your price?” he asked quietly.
Colton didn’t answer for a long time. The steady motion of the oars pushed the boat along, and a large structure appeared ahead, poking up out of the water. Tris
was about to ask again, unsure if Colton had heard him, when he finally replied.
“Myself.” He said no more.
Tris decided it was better not to pry.
The structure ahead grew quickly larger, and Tris saw that it was brick on the bottom, with metal support stanchions on top. It was wide and squat, not nearly as impressive as some of the buildings on the other side of the Wall. But it held a sort of grandeur nonetheless.
“Is that our destination?”
“Yes,” Colton said, sounding relieved to talk about something else.
“What is it?”
Colton laughed. “More like, what was it? It was a stadium where teams from different cities used to play one other.”
Tris looked back at the building once again. A stadium? The place looked like it could hold thousands and thousands. Letters along the top of the building spelled out “AT&T Park.”
“What’s an AT&T?”
Colton shook his head. “It’s too hard to explain,” he said.