Ch. 15: Drained (1)
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            Melanie’s feet ached as she walked along in the darkness. Her dress was torn and covered with sap from the reaching fingers of the trees. The night air was cool, but rather than feeling good on her sweaty skin, it made her feel clammy and chilled.

            For three days they’d walked in their line of chains. The two lines had grown longer each night. Their captors forced them to halt outside every village they passed and endure the sounds of the ransacking. The grotesquely deformed cyclops would be sent out ahead during the day to watch the towns and look for weaknesses. He would report back once the town was silent, practically dancing a jig with glee as he conveyed his ill-gotten information o...

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