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Cara met her in the middle of her street landing on her shoulder. Ravyn found herself rising into the air the city spread out below.’
‘What’s this about?’ Ravyn asked, noting headlights moving on the roads.
‘Don’t concentrate on what you see with your eyes, but what you sense within,’ the bird said. ‘Much goes on below the surface of normal sight and hearing.’
‘I don’t understand,’ she admitted, although something within said otherwise.
‘There are two worlds, Ravyn. The everyday world you interact with and one beyond normal sight and sound, both close to you as your own skin. Between these worlds is a Veil that a few people pass through at will. Others cross when they die. You crossed the Veil when you were clinically dead, but you came back when you agreed to enter Lady Raven’s service. Another you know had the same experience.’ Cara ruffled her feathers. ‘The ring will help you in seeing this other world and how it affects your world. Right now, the ring is trying to warn you.’
‘What sort of warning? Murder, rape, robberies, physical abuse? The world is full of this. Who do I know that passed through the Veil?’ Surveying the scene below, a darker area caught Ravyn’s eye. The eye of the raven on the ring faintly glowed when she turned her attention to that area in Hines Park.
‘Now you’re beginning to understand.’
The glow faded when Ravyn shook her head. ‘I don’t understand,’
‘If you didn’t, the ring wouldn’t react.’ Cara sighed. ‘There’s not much more I can explain to you, my friend. You need a true mentor to help you understand more. I wish I could recommend someone, but that’s beyond my ability. Only the head of the Raven Council can assign someone. For now, you have to learn on your own, but the ring will guide you in certain instances. What you wear is more powerful than the other raven rings that are out there. Of course, your friends and your wife will help you.’
“Does the council know about this ring?”
“Yes, but they don’t know who has it. Lady Raven may have suggested setting up the council to Morgan Byrne back in the fifteenth century, but Lady Raven decided to stay out of the politics that sometimes arises in the councils. You humans have to work things out for yourselves.’
“Great. Therefore, I’m left to my own devices where the ring is concerned. That doesn’t inspire much confidence, Cara.”
The raven gently preened Ravyn’s hair. ‘Thank you.’
‘For what?’ Ravyn glanced at the bird.
‘For calling me Cara.’
Ravyn grinned. ‘I decided to accept all this is real, including you. It’s only right to call you by your name instead of saying ‘hey bird’ or feather brain.’
Cara chuckled as Ravyn returned her attention to Hines Park, the glow of the ring returned, brighter now, and pulsing.
The ring on Ravyn’s right hand softly illuminated the room and it woke Jennie.
“What the hell?” She stared at the ring. “I must be dreaming.” Jennie gently shook her wife’s shoulder, “Ravyn! Wake up!”
Ravyn sat up, the light of the ring winking out. “Wh-what?” She looked around and caught a flicker of silver in the corner of the room. She shook her head to clear the cobwebs.
“Ravyn, the ring was glowing!” Jennie grabbed her shoulders, shaking her.
She scratched her head. “I was having one of those dreams when you woke me. In the dream the ring glowed.”
She turned on the nightstand lamp. “It glowed before you woke up.”
Ravyn crawled out of bed and headed for the door. “I need to write this down. Be right back.”
In the living room, she wrote what she remembered of the dream; she even sketched a map of the area of Hines Park she felt drawn to. Finished, she set the notebook and pen aside. She remained on the sofa and stared at the ring. She closed her eyes and concentrated on the park. The glow returned and she opened her eyes. Barely discernible forms flitted through her mind, fear clenched her heart. Without thought, she stood and headed for the back door, keys in hand.