Four days and counting on the July Blog Swap Trail, and that means four exclusive extracts from The Last War to go! And today we're onto Chapter Sixteen, where a plan that will change life forever on Noukaria is about to come to fruition...
CHAPTER SIXTEEN EXTRACT
Viarus stares blankly at the Re'Nuck, scarcely able to believe what he has heard.
'You... want to speak to the gods?'
'I want us all to speak to the gods, Viarus.'
'How could we even achieve such a thing? And why do you need me?'
'What I speak of is true communication, not the one-way process of worship.'
'You want not only for us to speak to the gods, but for them to speak to us also?'
'Surely that is the very pinnacle of what we could achieve as Animexians? But our voices will not do enough. To achieve this we must transcend the physical and reach another level entirely.'
'You... you speak of the scream?'
'You may wish to call it that, Viarus, based upon your experience. But you must realise there is more to it than that. Your voice emerged as a scream, on that occasion. Just bear in mind what you saw, and what your natural reaction would be.'
'Your followers would have been horrified at the sight!'
'Of course they would. Even those yet to accept our religion may have felt the same. But maybe it was the hand of the gods themselves guiding your actions that day, showing us what we must do! Did you never stop to ask why it was only you who returned to help me?'
'I came... out of duty. Out of wanting to maintain our faith.'
'All noble purposes, unquestionably, but surely the rest of the congregation feel the same? No, there was a reason it was you above any other – to demonstrate the power at your disposal!'
'Power! If only I could believe I had the power of which you speak!'
'I have witnessed it first-hand, and do not forget that Asha witnessed it as well. It was your power, and your power only, that saved me.'
'There is no power! That scream was beyond my control. I do not even know how it happened!'
'Viarus, please, calm yourself. I realise that we have much to learn of this mental capacity. But what is evident is that you have a great well of potential power. I do not wish to hear that sound again, as I am sure you do not. But what does not yet shine can be made to gleam. We shall take on this endeavour, and take it on willingly. And you shall be at the very centre of it!'
'I... you know that I have never refused you, Re'Nuck. I have always been most loyal. But I cannot do this thing of which you speak. What if I should fail?'
'Viarus, you fail me now by questioning this. There is no way to know if we shall succeed – but we must believe we can, and make the attempt!'
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