The Secret Path_Part 01The Secret PathThe Secret Path_Part 018 years ago in Scraps More Like This
The sun beat down on the hilly side of the Ilah Province, baking the earth with a soft warmth and scenting the air with a subtle aroma. The workers were busy at their tasks in the fields, but paused now and then to take in their surroundings and pass around a cool drink of water. Many of them worked at a leisurely pace, knowing that the greater work for the day had not yet started.
They were, for the most part, merely keeping busy while they waited for the master of the house.
A warm wind raced up the hill upon which the humble estate rested, flying through the quaking leaves of the surrounding treetops as it passed and mingling with the sharp rustle of the lush, golden grass as it swayed. Two figures were making their way down a path that parted the grass along the hill; one a tall Sangheili male with a distinguished lope, and the other a child whose head and shoulders were just barely visible as she bobbed energetically along in the grass.
The Secret Path_Part 02The Secret PathThe Secret Path_Part 028 years ago in Scraps More Like This
Eto plunged her bare arms into the small, shallow basin of their cozy in-home bathhouse. It was considered a luxury by some to have a bathhouse, but knowing that her father had built it himself, the connotation was nearly meaningless. She was proud of his handiwork, but she was hardly aware of the fact that it was built at her mother's request; Ahmesa had grown tired of hauling her two dirtied children to the spring house every day.
"Ach," she said, snapping her lower mandibles in annoyance, not warm enough.
She pulled her dripping arms from out of the basin and tapped a small holographic icon near the edge of the water. The controls were designed seamlessly into the smooth, polished stone—more a pleasure to look at than they were to work with. She watched patiently as the symbols ticked up with each rising degree.
"Puma!" she called and cast a glance over her shoulder. "C'mon, the water is ready," she said as swirled her hand in