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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Stones Quest Series

Now Jasper was out in the meadow. He searched for rock that he used to cross the stream with.  Shortly, Jasper found the place where the water meandered into a shallow pool. He stopped and tried to slow his ragged breathing as he searched for his favorite place to leap across the water. The stream was not very wide at this place, but it was deceptively deep. He made the jump and was caught by a blinding white light. The glow totally surrounded and blocked his view.

“Jasper!” came the voice again. “There is a white Stone at your feet. Do not step on it, but pick it up. It will protect you from our enemies.”

The light dissipated and he blinked a couple of times as a white Stone came into view. Without a thought, he picked it up and slipped it into his pocket. Then he heard the voice urge him forward towards the grove of trees. For some reason, he felt that he would be safe there. Danger was starting to fill his heart.

With no memory of the white Stone, Jasper ran into the trees. There, he stopped to catch his breath. Finding himself tired, Jasper leaned against a nearby tree, listening to his beloved grove.

There’s something different, thought Jasper as his breathing became regular.

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In the past, the trees housed numerous birds that at times seemed too noisy. Today there was total silence. It was so quiet he could almost hear his heart beating.

After a few deep breaths, he felt drawn to the crash site. He wanted to see a spaceship for himself. Leaving the tree, Jasper heard a twig snap behind him. Whirling around, he found himself alone. Slowly, he resumed walking. Again, he heard leaves crunching underneath someone’s feet behind him. Before he whirled around to see what caused the noise, Jasper felt a hand cover his mouth. Then he felt someone’s body gently pressed him against a nearby tree.

Before he could comprehend what was happening, a cloak covered him, stopping him from seeing his surroundings. He struggled, but the person held him tightly against the tree.

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Are they friend or foe?

Posted in: books by LaRene Ellis on April 14, 2010

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Stones Quest Series

Two figures ran from the camouflage gel to the nearest tree. The protective shield shimmered and wiggled from their exit. Staying close to the tree, they searched the sky. Seeing no birds flying, Ghonllier leaned up against the tree and started to hum while Dapper kept guard.

Someone joined the commander’s musical communication. Dapper tightened his grip on his blaster, keeping his attention on the Snacker Vines. He was taken aback to see how many of the plants were underneath their ship. Dapper wondered how many of them had tried to kill him.

Suddenly, the hums started to sound closer. They were hearing them coming from the ground and the sky. Knowing they had made contact, Ghonllier headed back to the ship with Dapper following him at a run.

They passed through the shield of gel as a large bird came swooping over their heads, landing inside the ship. They entered the ship with their blasters pointing at a large gray eagle. The bird studied the two men as a small yellow and white calico cat ran up the ramp. The cat entered and rubbed up against the bird as he nipped at her with his beak.

Looking at Ghonllier, the bird said, “Permission to change.”

“Granted,” answered the commander.

There was a slight shimmer, and suddenly, in place of the bird, stood a young man with white hair and dark green eyes. He wore old civilian clothes that were weather-beaten and frayed at the edges.

The cat did the same thing and turned into a slender young woman with blonde hair. Her clothes were very neat and precisely tailored. She daintily brushed herself off and then cocked her head towards Ghonllier. “Well, Commander?” she inquired in a sultry alto. “Shall we proceed with the formalities?”Ghonllier blocked the entrance into the ship with his blaster pointed at the spies.

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What a Marked Man has to do

Posted in: books by LaRene Ellis on April 16, 2010

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Stones Quest Series

“Son.” Justin held out his hand to help Ghonllier up. “I regret to say this, but you need to leave. It’s too dangerous for you to come home now.” Ghonllier accepted his hand and stood. “I cherish every moment that I have spent with you.”

The father and son hugged for what Ghonllier felt was for the last time. He felt something coming between Justin and himself and he wondered what it was.

When Ghonllier released him, Justin said, “I’m sorry there are so many negative memories for you here.”

Ghonllier hugged him again. When he pulled away, he looked into his father’s face and said, “Father, I wish she was here with me now.”

“I know. I miss her too.”

They started to walk towards the doors. Ghonllier asked, “How do I contact you now?”

“Through Dapper; we will use the ancient Eraphin language,” answered Justin.

“I’m going to miss our talks.”

Justin nodded. “With you going rogue, I could lose my job. I’m working on keeping my job, but if I can’t, Sohmer and the Senatorial Board will be forced to remove me. You’ll be on your own then.”

Ghonllier smiled and said, “Then you can join me on my ship.”

Justin grinned and responded, “I would like that.”

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The new Master felt tears welling up, walking behind Justin. He forced himself to remain calm. They walked silently down the stairs. Halfway down, Justin stopped and leaned into Ghonllier. He whispered, “Son, that memory chip I gave you is the only copy of those coordinates. Do not lose it. Go there as soon as possible.”

“Why?” Ghonllier responded, whispering.

“Just go. Consider it my last order.” Ghonllier started to ask another question, but Justin stopped him. “It’s too classified to talk about it here,” his Father explained.

Justin dropped to the next step and Ghonllier stopped him. Looking back, Justin saw Ghonllier held up the chip. “I’m not going without more information.”

“Ghonllier, please don’t do this,” Justin pleaded.

“If I’m about to desert I-Force, I want to know what I’m walking into.”

Justin sighed. Walking back to Ghonllier, he leaned in to whisper in his ear. “Son, trust me. You’ll find a clue to your new crew.” He stepped away before Ghonllier could respond. “Well, I’m glad for your visit,” Justin announced loudly.

Dapper and Justin exchanged looks. Ghonllier knew his father was finished with the discussion. So he followed him out of respect.

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The Trap is Set – Will He fall into it?

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Stones Quest Series

He lost their tracks shortly after finding them. So he circled back. This time, he landed on the path near the place where he saw their tracks disappear. Expecting to feel soil underneath his claws, Bert found himself disappearing beneath the ground.

Everything went dark as Bert found himself descending down into a tunnel. Confused, he tumbled down a dark hole numerous times before he landed on soft dirt. Dazed, Bert just lay there before he slowly picked himself up. I wonder how far I fell? he thought, looking upwards for some reference.

The place was dark and dank. He struggled to see, but his acute vision wasn’t allowing him to see his surroundings. If he changed into a man, he could use the field glasses to see. Staying a bird, he felt, was his only out. Above his head, he could smell fresh air. One last time, he tried again to contact Celia with no success.  I need to get out of here and get back to our ship. Spreading his wings, he lifted off, flying up the tunnel. Luckily, it was just wide enough for his wingspan.

Following the scent of fresh air, he felt something brush by his wingtips. A root had extended itself out into the tunnel and somehow it grabbed hold of his right wing. Pulling away from it, pain shot throughout his body, causing him to cry out. It resonated in the darkness. His body went limp, and a falling sensation overtook his mind along with the pain. He tried to pull the wing into his body, but it wouldn’t respond. The pain took over, causing him to fall down the tunnel again. When he hit the bottom, he went into unconsciousness.

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A Curse that Destroys Lives

Posted in: books by LaRene Ellis on April 12, 2010

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Stones Quest Series

He read:

Ghonllier,

I know there are numerous Master’s between us But the Master Stones have shown you unto me. I know that you are a descendant of mine. I can see the fear in your heart to become the Master of the Galaxy. Do not be afraid of what the Stones are asking of you. For I see, you do not want to be the Master. This will be a grave mistake if you don’t accept the mantel.

The Master Stones have shown me your time and I’m writing this to you in hopes of helping you stop the curse that has been placed on our family. The war you are in isn’t your brother’s fault. It is mine or at least it is because with me. It hurts me to see my beloved galaxy being torn apart in your time.

I do not know if the Master Stones completely understand what caused your war. They could or would not tell me because it isn’t my place to stop it. I know it feels like a huge burden being placed on your shoulders. It is your job and destiny to stop the destruction of this galaxy.

From personal experience, I can tell you that your greatest weapon will be knowledge. Seek it and learn about my time so you can understand the origin of this curse.

To be the Master of the Stones, you need to completely free yourself of any negative feelings or thoughts. The Master Stones cannot work with a person who has negative issues. The Stones cannot function on negative thoughts. You can’t help but have them with all that I see in your days. But you will need to rid yourself of it.

The curse came from your great, great grandfather. He placed the curse on our family out of anger towards my wife and myself. He is her father. He is an evil sorcerer who has caused the people of my days a lot of grief.  I know my wife’s father was upset about his powers being past on to half-breeds, as he called them.

Your sister is very gifted and she has great powers. Protect her. She is important to you and the Master Stones. Together, the two of you can stop the curse and rule the galaxy together. You will become the most powerful Masters of the Galaxy because you’re twins. You will be the first Master to have duel leadership and powers. Use them wisely and the two of you will go down in history as the greatest Masters of the Galaxy.

Let go of your fears and be the man. May you prevail is my wish. I hope this helps you. Your loving great, great, grandfather,

Sethus

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