IN THE MOUNTAINS OF FIRE
By Dolores J. Nurss
Volume VII: The Burning
CHILDREN OF THE HEART
I wrote the battle’s aftermath based
on the awareness that Kiril is a telepath.
Yet I also tapped into a dream about the earlier
where Merrill, of all people, drank a psigenic that made
even him capable of
telepathy, and used this to lead a decisive battle that
ended a war before it
had fully begun, knitting all of the soldiers together. I also dreamed of
Deirdre limping from a toe
injury, back in the lowlands again.
The first Duerlongh dream was the one that
saved my life. I
was eighteen years old.
I had a suicide plan plotted out to the last
detail and planned to execute it in the morning.
But that night I dreamed of being Deirdre
trying to keep Merrill from a reckless action by plying him
with a cordial
that, strangely enough, he accepted, even though he normally
drink. I only
gradually became aware
that it was also intensely psigenic and mind-altering in an
But it was more than that. It crossed
world-barriers in its properties.
instant Merrill looked at me, fully aware of me as Dolores
dreaming of being
Deirdre, and I realized that in fact he had laid this trap
for me, the
dreamer. I woke
up, the next morning, thoroughly,
goofily sedated, and remained that way all day, not at all
inclined to die, and
by the time it wore off I had gotten over the bad patch.
parts on the open seas just came up that way.