The Darwin Chronicles, Book Three: The Blackfire Meadows

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Chapter 14

The new leader of the Briarlight warriors, replacing Dan, was Luke.

"Amy!" Luke called. He stopped her and gave her some flowers. "Please, take them." His voice lowered. "They reminded me of your hair."

Her cheeks reddened. "Luke, this is really sweet, but I don't need any suitors right now. I can't accept these." She handed the flowers back to him. "I'm sorry." She left him standing rejected on the cobblestone road. Emmett noted this with cold satisfaction. Luke spotted him and glared.

"What are you looking at?"

"The Ciis has sent a message," Luke announced. "They say that their leader has died, and their forces have weakened greatly, but they will be attacking Briarlight, and that they do not plan on losing. All of those unable to fight will be moved to the Tiger Cave at the base of the Blackfire mountains, along with all medical workers, while all troops, basically everyone else, will camp in the Blackfire meadows."
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