Auragole of the Way: Book Two of Aurogole’s Journey
Sword in hand, crouching, Auragole waited. He was still weak, had not recovered his strength after the boat wreck and the fever that had followed it. Though it was morning and the mountain air still cool, sweat trickled down his nose. He heard the methodical sound of a sword thwack-whacking the bare bushes to his left. If he waited until the soldier found him entangled in the whackle bush, his arm wouldn’t be free to strike. If he stepped out into the open, he would have to kill or be killed, and he had never killed a man before. But why was he being pursued? Who considered him an enemy?
No time to ponder that now.
As the sound, thwack-whack, thwack-whack, came closer, Auragole decided to face his pursuer.
He stepped out from behind the bush.
The soldier saw him. “He’s here!” he barked, signaling the men above.
His opponent crouched down, holding the sword with both hands. Auragole could see the fear on his face…. Auragole hesitated, stunned that the enemy had such a human and familiar face.
“Strike, Bororr, fool!” came the command from above them.
Bororr lifted his sword and brought it down like a hatchet….
About the Author
Shirley Latessa was born in Michigan and spent her teenage years in a Zionist youth movement. In her twenties, she studied acting and performing in New York and Cleveland, where she met her husband, with whom she had three daughters. In her thirties, Ms. Latessa began studying Anthroposophy. Though she started writing at a young age, it was not until her thirties that she began to write seriously, including song lyrics, plays, and a book and lyrics for a musical. She has coedited two books of nonfiction, The Changing Countenance of Cosmology and Isis Sophia. She has also written two novels, Eighteen Days till Home and Dancing in the Fire, as well as a book of poetry, Summing Up. Ms. Latessa’s most recent work is the fantasy quartet called “Auragole’s Journey,” which includes Auragole of the Mountains; Auragole of the Way; Auragole of Mattelmead; and Auragole and the Last Battle (from Lindisfarne Books). She lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.