Guardian's of GaHoole #10: The Coming of Hoole
Siv was fully prepared to die. But if she had to die, she'd
die fighting. So with one wing crippled from her previous encounter
with haagsfiends, she stood in a pool of moonlight with the
raised scimitar. Lame and exhausted, she was threatening Lord
“You can’t be serious, milady,” Lord Arrin
“I am deadly serious. Stand back.”
“No ‘my dears.’”
“All right, milady. Save yourself and save your young’un.
Join us. You can be my consort, my queen, the queen of nachtmagen.”
“I am already queen. Queen of N’yrthghar. I need
no other court, no other kingdom.”
Lord Arrin stepped forward on the ice and swept a ragged wing
toward half a dozen hagsfiends who were now closing in on her
from above. “But this is your court.”
“Never.” And in her gizzard at that second, Siv
knew that somewhere in this vast kingdom an egg was beginning
to crack and a chick would soon hatch. And that chick was hers.
A prince, the rightful heir of the N’yrthghar, was about
to be born, and she would do all in her power to protect him
for Lord Arrin and his hagsfiends who so desperately craved
to possess him and the power that would be his.
“I ask you again, milady. Has the egg hatched yet?”
Siv remained silent.
“Where is the egg right now?”
Still only silence.
The egg was with Grank, somewhere far from Sive, and though
separated from it, she still felt a deep connection. Lord Arrin’s
question began to blur in her mind. She was in another place.
Yes, the egg was hatching now, just as the night gre darker.
A shadow began to pass over the moon. She saw Lord Arrin wilf
slightly and heard the harsh whispers of the hagsfiends. Their
fyngrot was being swallowed by an immense shade. They hovered
in flight and then alighted on the field of sea ice. Their huge
wings hung like dark rags on the gleaming white.
It is a magic greater than theirs, Siv thought, as
the moon began to vanish and a thick darkness enveloped them.
And yet not magic at all. They will never understand it.
As the earth passed between the sun and the moon, an eclipse
was beginning, and little by little the earth’s shadow
bit slices from the moon. Within a matter of seconds there would
be no moon. Just darkness, complete darkness, Siv though,
and that will be my chance. But would her badly mangled
wing be srong enough to let her escape.
At the exact moment of complete darkness when all had grown
utterly quiet, there was an immense cracking noise, and then
“The moon’s shell is breaking!” one hagsfiend
Idiots! Siv thought.
It was not the moon. It was the ice. Svenka’s massive
polar-bear head poked up through it. All became topsy-turvy
as the ice began to tilt, and water suddenly flooded over the
jagged edges, swamping the sheet of ice.
“Quick, Siv, on my back!” Svenka called.
Siv quickly hopped onto her old friend’s back and nestled
herself deep in the ruff of fur around her neck.
As Svenka swan away, Siv peeked through the fur and saw one
hagsfiend slide, shrieking, into the water. No one would come
to its aid. Despite all their powers, hagsfiends feared one
thing: water from the sea. The salt water saturated their oil-less
wings making flight almost impossible. Siv watched as the hagsfiends
tried to take off from the madly tilting ice fragment that was
now awash with sea-water. Three managed. Two others, however,
skidded into the ocean. There was a searing howl as a hag’s
port wing was grabbed by the water. Siv blinked to see more
clearly who it was. Then silently prayed, Glaux, may it
Ygryk! Let it be Ygryk!