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Orm, Ash's equally talented classmate, is determined to support the girl he considers his soulmate, and promises to help her find out the secrets of the North Spire when they reach the end of their third year.
At the end of the first year, Ash nervously waits to see if she will be allowed to continue at Spires, or will she be sent home in disgrace.
The first day of lessons strained Ash's decision. Lady Surat taught them five basic spells and then drilled them in these spells until they could use them perfectly. Ceku picked them up easily, while Ash had difficulty. The method felt wrong and it took several attempts for her to get them right. To make them work, Ash had to force herself to ignore her inner voice, which kept telling her to cast the spell a different way to the teacher's instructions.
"Ash, you seem to be having difficulty." Lady Surat had taken her to one side leaving the other three to practice. "Is there something wrong?"
"No. Not really." Ash felt embarrassed to tell the teacher her brain insisted on a better way of casting the spells.
"You must be honest with me, Ash. I can't help if you won't tell me your problem with the magic."
"I'm sorry, Lady Surat. I don't know how to tell you without appearing rude."
"Why not say it outright." The Lady smiled at her.
"My brain keeps arguing with me. It keeps telling me the spells should be done a different way, then it interferes when I try and cast them the way you instructed."
"I see." Lady Surat looked thoughtful. "When the others leave for lunch I'd like you to stay behind. In the meantime, keep trying it the Spires way.">
Lunchtime arrived and the other three were dismissed with the instruction to return in an hour. Ceku and the young man she'd sat next to looked across at Ash with a smug expression on their faces. The boy who had been sitting next to her flashed a sympathetic smile as the door closed behind them leaving Lady Surat and Ash alone in the room.
"Now then, Ash. Show me how you think the spells should be done."
"It's not me, Lady Surat, it's my brain keeps interfering. I'm quite happy to cast the spells as per your instructions."
Sue’s book genres include romance, fantasy romance, young adult fantasy and middle grade fantasy. Her first romance book was released in May 2007, quickly followed by a fantasy trilogy. She now has many books published in all the genres. Her aim for the future is to write a full-length epic fantasy novel. The outline is complete, and Sue is hoping to find time to finish the first draft by the end of 2017. Meanwhile she carries on with her current fantasy series - Rak Shoma, a blend of magic and fantasy.
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