Chapter 19
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It was slow going, getting Ryl to the nearby city of Vallenlock. Neba could move quickly and with little difficulty while carrying his body, but the heat from her skin warmed him to dangerous levels. They had to break frequently and let his temperature drop as much as it could in the warm evening air.

Adelynn hated the periods when they had to sit and wait for his unconscious body to cool before they could press on. She kept busy, making sure to wet his skin and tend to his burn with salve and cloth. But when there was nothing more to do - nothing more she could do - she shifted anxiously from foot to foot, not knowing how to better help him. She worried and silently, and without admitting it to herself, wanted to return to the days in Mirham where she felt no measure of friendship or responsibility...

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