29 de outubro de 2018

Capítulo 103

[Em tradução - sabe-se lá porque, estes capítulos estavam faltando. Traduzirei assim que puder...]

The storm had halted their army entirely.
On the first morning, it raged so fiercely that Rowan hadn’t been able to see a
few feet before him. Ruks had been grounded, and only the hardiest of scouts
had been sent out—on land.
So the army sat there. Not fifty miles over Terrasen’s border. A week from
Orynth.
Had Aelin possessed her full powers—
Not her full powers. Not anymore, Rowan reminded himself as he sat in their
war tent, his mate and wife and queen on the low-lying sofa beside him.
Aelin’s full powers were now … he didn’t quite know. Where they’d been at
Mistward, perhaps. When she still had that self-inflicted damper. Not as little as
when she’d arrived, but not as much as when she’d encircled all of Doranelle
with her flame.
Certainly not enough to face Erawan and walk away. And Maeve.
He didn’t care. Didn’t give a shit whether she had all the power of the sun, or
not an ember.
It had never mattered to him anyway.
Outside, the wind howled, the tent shuddering.
“Is it always this bad?” Fenrys asked, frowning at the shaking tent walls.
“Yes,” Elide and Aelin said, then shared a rare smile.
A miracle, that smile on Aelin’s mouth.
But Elide’s faded as she said, “This storm could last days. It could dump three
feet.”
Lorcan, lingering near the brazier, grunted. “Even once the snow stops, there
will be that to contend with. Soldiers losing toes and fingers to the cold and
wet.”
Aelin’s smile vanished entirely. “I’ll melt as much as I can.”
She would. She’d bring herself to the edge of burnout to do it. But together, if
they linked their powers, the force of Rowan’s magic might be enough to melt a
path. To keep the army warm.
“We’ll still have an army who arrives at Orynth exhausted,” Gavriel said,
rubbing his jaw.
How many days had Rowan seen him gaze northward, toward the son who
fought in Orynth? Wondering, no doubt, if Aedion still lived.
“They’re professionals,” Fenrys said drily. “They can handle it.”
“Going the long way around will only increase the exhaustion,” Lorcan said.
“The last we heard,” Rowan said, “Morath held Perranth.” A pained wince
from Elide at that. “We won’t risk crossing too close to it. Not when it would
mean potentially getting entangled in a conflict that would only delay our arrival
in Orynth and thin our numbers.”
“I’ve looked at the maps a dozen times.” Gavriel frowned to where they were
laid out on the worktable. “There’s no alternative way to Orynth—not without
drawing too close to Perranth.”
“Perhaps we’ll be lucky,” Fenrys said, “and this storm will have hit the entire
North. Maybe freeze some of Morath’s forces for us.”
Rowan doubted they’d be that lucky. He had a feeling that any luck they
possessed had been spent with the woman sitting beside him.
Aelin looked at him, grave and tired. He could not imagine what it felt like.
She had yielded all of herself. Had given up her humanity, her magic. He knew it
was the former that left that haunted, bruised look in her eyes. That made her a
stranger in her own body.
Rowan had taken the time last night to reacquaint her with certain parts of
that body. And his own. Had spent a long while doing so, too. Until that haunted
look had vanished, until she was writhing beneath him, burning while he moved
in her. He hadn’t stopped his tears from falling, even when they’d turned to
steam before they hit her body, and there had been tears on her own face, bright
as silver in the flame, while she’d held him tight.
Yet this morning, when he’d nuzzled her awake with kisses to her jaw, her
neck, that haunted look had returned. And lingered.
First her scars. Then her mortal, human body.
Enough. She had given enough. He knew she planned to give more.
A rukhin scout called for the queen from the tent flaps, and Aelin gave a quiet
command to enter. But the scout only poked in her head, her eyes wide. Snow
covered her hood, her eyebrows, her lashes. “Your Majesty. Majesties,” she
corrected, glancing at him. Rowan didn’t bother to tell her he was simply and
would forever be Your Highness. “You must come.” The scout panted hard
enough for her breath to curl in the chilled air leaking through the tent flaps. “All
of you.”
It took minutes to don their warmer layers and gear, to brace for the snow and
wind.
But then they were all inching through the drifts, the scout guiding them past
half-buried tents. Even under the trees, there was little shelter.
Yet then they were at the edge of the camp, the blinding snows roaring past.
Veiling what the scout pointed to as she said, “Look.”
At his side, Aelin stumbled a step. Rowan reached for her to keep her from
falling.
But she hadn’t been falling. She’d been lurching forward—as if to run ahead.
Rowan saw at last what she beheld. Who emerged between the trees.
Against the snow, he was nearly invisible with his white fur. Would have been
invisible were it not for the golden flame flickering between his proud, towering
antlers.
The Lord of the North.
And at his feet, all around him … The Little Folk.
Snow clinging to her lashes, a small sound came out of Aelin as the creature
nearest curled its hand, beckoning. As if to say, Follow us.
The others gaped in silence at the magnificent, proud stag who had come to
greet them.
To guide home the Queen of Terrasen.
But then the wind began to whisper, and it was not the song that Rowan
usually heard.
No, it was a voice that they all heard as it streamed past them.
Doom is upon Orynth, Heir of Brannon. You must hurry.
A chill that had nothing to do with the cold skittered down Rowan’s skin.
“The storm,” Aelin blurted, the words swallowed by the snow.
You must hurry. We will show you the way, swift and unseen.
Aelin only stilled. Said to that voice, as ancient as the trees, as old as the
rocks between them, “You have already helped me so many times.”
And you have given much yourself, Heir of Brannon. We who remember him
know he would have made such a choice, had he been able to do so. Oakwald
shall never forget Brannon, or his Heir.
Aelin straightened, scanned the trees, the snow-whipped wind.
Dryad. That was the word he sought. Dryad. A tree spirit.
“What is your cost?” Aelin asked, her voice louder now.
“Do you really want to ask?” Fenrys muttered. Rowan snarled at him.
But Aelin had gone still as she waited for the dryad to answer. The voice of
Oakwald, of the Little Folk and creatures who had long cared for it.
A better world, the dryad replied at last. Even for us.
The army was a flurry of activity as it hauled itself into preparing to march—to
race northward.
But Aelin dragged Rowan into their tent. To the pile of books Chaol and
Yrene had brought from the southern continent.
She ran a finger over the titles, searching, scanning.
“What are you doing?” her mate asked.
Aelin ignored the question and hummed as she found the book she sought.
She leafed through it, careful not to tear the ancient pages. “A stupid cow I might
be,” she muttered, rotating the book to show Rowan the page she sought, “but
not without options.”
Rowan’s eyes danced. You’re including me in this particular scheme,
Princess?
Aelin smirked. I wouldn’t want you to feel left out.
He angled his head. “We need to hurry, then.”
Listening to the ruckus of the readying army beyond their tent, Aelin nodded.
And began.


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  1. Eu não acredito que o Senhor do Norte tenha aparecido :) :)

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