Author: Kimberley

The Aether Masters – Part 11

“A mousetrap?” Izabela was skeptical. “On my word of honor,” said Dmitrio. “It was an overgrown flytrap, I think. Definitely big enough to eat mice or even very small birds. I wouldn’t want to go back there in a few…

The Aether Masters – Part 10

“Did you find anything worth salvaging?” asked Izabela wistfully. “I did find this.” Dmitrio took a small glass bottle from his pocket and handed it to her. Purple and pink swirls danced in the light. “It was in a pile…

The Aether Masters – Part 9

“Didn’t you tell me that it was bad to get aetherium in a wound? I seem to remember you lecturing me about that when I started using it in my glass work.” Izabela’s voice lowered in an attempt to mimic…

The Aether Masters – Part 8

“I’m a little disturbed that you were flirting with Marta’s hunter. Were you that upset with her?” asked Izabela. “I wasn’t flirting.” Dmitrio blushed. “Well, not much. I was trying not to. Actually, he was doing most of the flirting.…

The Aether Masters – Part 7

Dmitrio squinted in the bright afternoon sun. The sky was clear and a blue so deep as to nearly be black. Waves of heat shimmered across the sand for as far as the eye could see. Mal joined him as…

The Aether Masters – Part 6

Izabela frowned at her brother. “You don’t usually manipulate more than light.” “Yes, well, it was better than being blown away or, worse, being stranded in the desert because the balloon was carried off in the wind.” “True. Still, you…

The Aether Masters – Part 5

“That would be a bit of a dilemma,” said Izabela as she poured the tea. Dmitrio let the illusion fade. “It was. There’s a reason why we have a magister system. Families shouldn’t be relied upon for justice when it…

The Aether Masters – Part 4

“So which was it?” Marta held the kitchen door open for Dmitrio. “I’m getting there.” Dmitrio smiled. “You never were patient.” “I’m plenty patient. You just like drawing out a tale,” said Izabela. She put the kettle on to heat.…

The Aether Masters – Part 3

“How is Maldriano?” asked Izabela. “She’s well. She, Alecia, and Kanno have adopted another child,” said Dmitrio. “Another? How many is that now?” “Four, I think.” Dmitrio shrugged. “You know they can’t refuse a child in need.” “Details,” said Izabela.…

The Aether Masters – Part 2

Dmitrio cursed as a ball of fur whizzed past him. He just missed getting a net over it. His gardener, Pietro, held a second net at the ready. Dmitrio instructed, “Quickly, go around the other way.” “It’s no good, sir.…