CHAPTER 26: THE COUNCIL OF THE TEMPORAL ADEPTS
Every muscle in Mariana’s body had turned to iron wire. The voice carried on regardless.
“You will bring her to the place where this message was left for you, exactly one year later. Do this, and I will take your actions as a gesture of loyalty and capitulation, and you will live. Do not, and I will take her. And Nine shall become None. I await your answer. My blessing on you all. Ave Mabus.”
The needle was plucked from the record with a squeal. There was silence.
Marie thought she could hear herself sweating.