The New Day
- Erscheinungsdatum: 10.07.2018
- Verlag: Bastei Lübbe AG
The New Day
The New Day
Sorrel and Einstein walked the length of the valley in silence, their shadows stretching before them. Sorrel had plenty of thoughts in her head, but they caught in her throat, unuttered, stifled there by a choking mix of excitement and dread. Excitement at being finally reunited with her little brother, dread at how she might find him.
In her mind, Eli was the same child she had last seen in Amat, always ready to laugh and eager to please, but on that devastating day, he had lost his mother, his sister, his home. He had lost everything he had known. They all had. The events of that day alone could not have failed to make an impact on Eli. She could not bring herself to think about what might have happened to him in the intervening time, and in what ways it might have changed him, as changed he must surely be.
She had changed, she knew that, as had David. Once so easy going, anger had eroded him and clouded his judgement. He had become jealous and irrational. He shouldn't have made her choose between him and Einstein. If her feelings at being reunited with Eli were shaped by a combination of excitement and dread, her feelings for David were tempered by anger and loss. All she wanted was for them all to be together. It didn't seem so much to ask.
By the time they reached the impressive Before building that Brig had claimed as his home, the last light of day was a fading memory.
"Are you ready?" Einstein asked.
Even Einstein had changed in the time she had known him. Being shackled in the mine had sucked something from him and seeing him reduced scared her.
"You will be fine."
Sorrel took a deep breath and walked up the wide shallow steps to the door. It opened before she could knock.
A mutant with closely-shorn black hair and no discernible neck appeared. The light from the lantern he held cast deep shadows across the far side of his face. "We've been waiting for you."
His words alarmed Sorrel. What did he mean, "waiting"? Had they known all along she was searching for Eli? She glanced at Einstein.
"I think what Olaf is saying is that they have been watching us since we arrived in the valley."
Olaf snickered. "Long time no see, Einstein." He ushered them inside to a reception hall illuminated by a few candles. Paintings hung on the walls, and though the light was too dim to reveal much detail, there was enough for Sorrel to see that the canvases depicted strange beasts and wild landscapes.
"Who's your friend?" Olaf's words were addressed to Einstein, but it was Sorrel he looked at.
"My name is Sorrel."
"Sour Sabs." Olaf snickered again.
Sorrel bridled at the words. The last time she'd been called that, she'd been locked up in Dinawl's prison.
"Leave your weapons here." He nodded to a sideboard.
Einstein laid down his spear. Sorrel's hand hesitated as it went to her knife.
"Don't make me take it from you, Sabs," Olaf said.
"Put it down," Einstein said.
Sorrel paused for a moment before laying down her knife.
"Do I have to search you for more?" Olaf asked.
"That is all we have," Einstein said.
Olaf smirked at the spear and knife. "Surprised you got this far. Come this way. Brig is waiting for you."
Sorrel's heart pounded as Olaf led them to a room where several lamps had been lit and a lively fire burned in the grate. She'd been focused on Eli, but finally it dawned on her that she was about to come face-to-face with the monster who had not only taken her brother, but who was responsible for killing her mother and sister.
She looked around, but Brig was not there.
"He'll be with you presently." Olaf dipped his head and left the room.
There were rugs on the floor and cushions on the upholstered sofas. Flowers had been placed in a vase on a table, and the