The Moth in the Mirror
A. G. Howard
An unique ebook-only novella within the Splintered sequence, informed from the issues of view of either Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus desires to comprehend extra approximately his rival for Alyssa's affections, so he digs into Jeb's stories of his time in Wonderland. yet he might be stunned through what he reveals. This brand-new tale and viewpoint from A.G. Howard's darkish, magical international stands on my own, but in addition presents a tantalizing glimpse of what's to return in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.
Stinging. Oh, quite! It’s no longer so very challenging … do try out again!” Lorina’s face fired even redder. “You attempt utilizing a key a similar measurement as your head with a wing tip, flufflesnot! a few of us weren’t blessed with arms, you know.” whereas the couple was once preoccupied, Gossamer sat subsequent to Jeb back. “You stated my artist’s middle can retailer Alyssa,” he whispered. “In the room at Morpheus’s mansion, too … you acknowledged i've got energy inside my artist’s heart—a gentle which can pierce any darkness. My female friend is.
thought of undesirable factor. He’d loved being a reclusive and self-reliant soul. from time to time he used to be vainglorious, in fact, whilst it acceptable him to be the guts of cognizance. yet awareness, affection, or belief weren’t issues he wanted. now not till Alyssa got here alongside. whilst she selected to disregard him, he couldn’t functionality … felt bumbling and incompetent. And now, after status in Jebediah’s sneakers, Morpheus understood greater than he desired to approximately how the human facet of Alyssa labored. even though one 1/2.
Her had wings and will flow prior trivial, mortal insecurities, the opposite 1/2 her was once grounded and craved what any human could crave: reassurance and reliability. Having obvious Jebediah’s braveness, ingenuity, and loyalty to Alyssa firsthand, Morpheus knew for sure that that used to be precisely what the boy used to be supplying her: a security web of emotion that may preserve her from ever falling too tough. No ask yourself she used to be so captivated via him. No ask yourself he held her in his thrall. Hell, Morpheus himself.
In midair, their dragonfly eyes observing him. a number of golden baskets sat at the flooring at his toes. Jeb kicked one over. His tiny captors swooped round the room in mass hysterics. Gossamer, Morpheus’s prized sprite, appointed 5 of them to choose up the spilled strawberries. They counted the culmination one after the other and put them again within the box. Jeb knocked over one other basket, this one jam-packed with beads of scented oil. 5 extra sprites dropped to the ground for cleanup, preventing to count number.
within the dungeon. Jeb needed he hadn’t under the influence of alcohol the shrinking liquid while he awakened, however the trojan horse guy had given him an ultimatum. first and foremost, he’d threatened to kill Al. yet Jeb had referred to as that bluff, realizing she was once critical. Then Morpheus had pulled out one other enormous gun, threatening to ship Al’s fragile mother thoroughly over the sting of sanity. That he might do. Al had fought so not easy to save lots of her mom. it'll kill her to lose her to insanity. So Jeb didn’t hesitate placing the bottle to his.