Their dreamlike journey continued on and on. Nlaminer knew Rhissa
had something on her mind. Sometimes he thought he heard some of her
thoughts... or shadows of thoughts. After the rite he felt changes in
his mind; as if part of another entity was dwelling deep inside him.
7. The eternal forest
He felt embarassed to ask Rhissa about her feelings; the sensation of
being exposed to all the universe was overwhelming and alien to him.
And it left somewhere in his soul the hunger for more spiritual
experience as if he had been granted the universal knowledge for a
part of second. The rite awakened some previously undisturbed forces
deep within and they were changing him... into what ? He felt the
calmness and stability, yes - but the past Nlaminer was here, too. No
other mind was walking inside his brain, there was no mental injury,
He preferred not to ask about her plan. His world was the world
of quick actions and swords. The subtle and spiritual matters were
the domain of his friend. So let her guide their way now. He used
every hour of their presence here to master his concentration
techniques and his mind was often wandering far away from his body.
The same independence of mind he felt when sparring with Rhissa with
staves or teaching her to shoot. He decided to let his memory find
clues to their quests, then saw many familiar scenes repainted
before his eyes.
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