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Silk Road 8: Departure
“Departure” is Chapter Eight of The Silk Road, an ongoing fiction series published to Frenchwellness.
I depart The Pivot on an age-old donkey. The shepherd explains, “You’ll get more use of him than me. This donkey’s got only dead weight to pull now that his cart’s all crumbled to the clouds.” He says it’s a wise one; says it knows where to find water.
However, this was no ordinary departure.
It was the morning after we’d swapped pieces of our souls beneath the stars. The shepherd helped me saddle up the donkey, demonstrated how to pull the ropes taut, how to make him go left and right. He said he’d return in a moment, that there was something important he wanted to send along with me.
I was headed east so he said it was impossible that I’d…
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