Treaty Time is the fifth short story to be found in An Anthology of Those Who Walk Among Us. It is also available as a stand-alone short story.
Treaty Time continues the story of human settlement started in Nothing. In this tale, both humans and shifters discover they are not alone, and that some memories are inherited.
Treaty Time is available as part of AnAnthology of Those Who Walk Among Us, and also as a stand alone title at Smashwords, Kobo, Kindle, iTunes, and Nook.
First Page: Treaty Time
Ariel had been frantic when she found Varian gone. She had searched the house, then the stables and the work sheds. She had searched the gardens and the kennels and then she had called Grey.
“What do you mean ‘He’s missing’?” Grey demanded.
Ariel took a deep breath and repeated her discovery of the morning.
“He was gone when I went to rouse him this morning,” she said. “I looked for him in the house but he wasn’t there. He doesn’t seem to be in the compound at all.”
Grey glared at her but Ariel didn’t flinch. Grey wasn’t angry with her. He was just angry. This wasn’t the first time Varian had wandered off.
It was the first time he’d gone so early though. The boy had managed to avoid the watch droid they’d stationed outside his door as well. Ariel frowned, thinking of where Varian might have gone this time, but Grey interrupted the half-formed idea and it vanished before she could grasp it.
“This is no excuse for sitting idle, girl,” he snapped. “Fetch the lads their breakfast and get on with your chores. I’ll take Francis and Drake with me and go looking. Varian can’t have gone far.”
Some of the doubt she felt must have crept into her tone, because Grey stopped his scan of the compound to look at her.“Don’t worry, Az,” he assured her. “We’ll find him.”