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Just Beyond My Reach 27Chapter 27: The Bittersweet RealityTamair's plan was to have us board the boat in Venice and from there, we'd travel across the Adriatic Sea, tagging along all the stops along the middle-east coast until we reached Acre in Israel. From there, we'd either get horses and ride over to Jerusalem, or we might even have to walk.I should have taken the misfortune of our ride to Forli as a sign that I needed to stay in Italy. We rode all night and I might have dozed off a few times up on my horse, but somehow I managed not to fall off. I wasn't sure how he did it, but Tamair never once looked tired the entire ride. Perhaps he had slept all day beforehand. In any case, I was envious of him. We didn't speak much on the ride, and the trip took a little longer than I was used to because we allowed our horses to slow to a walk, which was probably what was lulling me to sleep in the first place.When Florence came into view, we continued right past the sleeping city and I felt a longing to stop an
Just Beyond My Reach 26Chapter 26: The RunawayIf I were to have known just how quickly things were to change, I think I would have been a little nicer to Ezio during the week of preparation for the party. When I look back on it now, I realize how ungrateful I was of everything and everyone around me. And I would soon find out, like the saying goes, you never know what you have until it's gone. Either that, or having all that you cared about suddenly just beyond your reach.To put things simply, Ezio and I weren't...on the same level all week. As a matter of fact, I don't think I had ever fought with him in such a literal way before. The bulk of the argument was stupid too; something about how he had been controlling my every decision from the first moment I had met him. That, of course, resulted to one of Ezio's famous rants about how I was the one who had stayed by his side all these years and there was a moment where he had tried to let me go off on my own; but then I responded to that by saying that he w
Just Beyond My Reach 25Chapter 25: Beside the UncertaintyWhen my eyes managed to flutter open, they were greeted only by darkness, softly ebbed away by the moonlight pouring through the window. Taking a deep breath, I slowly blinked a few times, urging myself to recall just what had happened. The only thing I could seem to remember was a white garbed man, out in the desert, a shadow that fell from the bird in the sky circling around his form wearily. And in his hand...there was a...Suddenly, I remembered Lucio, and a moment later, I sat up in the bed, quickly enough to cause an acute pain to shoot up my spine and into my head. The silky covers and sheets bundled around my waist as I shifted about, one of my hands reaching up to press against my forehead as I tried to quell the pain that pounded there. The room that I was in certainly wasn't one I knew to be attached to, but it seemed familiar like something lost long ago in earlier memories. It seemed that there was a thin layer of dust covering ever
Just Beyond My Reach 24Chapter 24: Yet Living the Lie"The what?" I stood breathless in Ezio's hold, staring up into his eyes with fear.He shook me lightly, but firmly. "Where is the Piece of Eden, Narina?""I-I don't know!" I struggled in his hold. "Please let go of me! You're hurting me!""Damn it, Narina!" Ezio complied and let go of me, but his harsh stare was still pinned on me. "That's the reason they're after youyou have the piece of Eden!"A course of shock ran through me, and I gave Ezio a confused look. "They think I have the stupid little artifacts? Well, I don't! I'm pretty sure I would know if I had this almighty, Godly power on my hands." I was beginning to get a little upset by the fact that Ezio would think that I would have kept something like that from him if it even had been true.Ezio's gaze didn't even soften a little bit. "You've forgotten that you hold it," he explained. "I heard it allLucio Carliaes talked about it with one of the other members of the Templar order. The r