"Cassira is missing."
Valevia's first though was, that's impossible. Cassira is safe with Deana. Deana was a black belt in the art of defense. She was Cassira's protector. Valevia had left Cassira with Deana because she knew and trusted that with her Cassira would always be safe. It was not possible for Valevia to have been wrong about something so important.
"You are mistaken, surely." Valevia responded lightly.
It was just one day after Cassira had been healed, and already she was running from one end of the enclosed hospital playground to the other. I felt tired, drained of all strength, yet Cassira appeared to possess the energy of a fireball. I smiled through it whenever she flashed that beautiful, hopeful smile my way. I was sitting at a wooden picnic table in the corner by the fence, it was the only table unoccupied by parents, babysitters, and other childminders, I was sitting there downing my