Life magic is not meant to be alone.
Everyone is born with two strings of magic. One strand is life, and the other is death.
When Edyli escaped the land of the dead after saving her sister, the goddess of death removed Edyli’s death magic. Without that string, Edyli is unbalanced, a “monster” who cannot sleep, cannot die, and without care, will slowly go mad.
Banished from her home for refusing to make amends with the goddess, Edyli is surprised to discover a child without life magic deep in the jungle—a child her remaining magic is drawn to, because those who are unbalanced are inexplicably drawn together.
Terrified of what might happen if the two of them touch, Edyli seeks answers about the mysterious child. If she can recover the child’s life magic, she might earn back the goddess’s favor and become whole again.
But one mistake, and Edyli could live forever in insanity.
Author's Note: This is an 23,000-word novella based in the universe of "The Wishing Blade" series. Though the stories are related ("Wind and Words" takes place at the same time), "Wind and Words" stands alone. This is the second story in the "Stone and String" series, however, this one can be read without having read the first.
About the Author
Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys writing speculative fiction. She lives with her husband, Isaac. Together they plot stories in the form of table-top role-play games, and enjoy the occasional cosplay. Online, Stephanie often goes by the nickname of SBibb.