The warmth of life had been smothered by cold stone. Sonya, lifelong friend to Ellerie, could no longer hear her pleas for a response. Despondent, Ellerie moved her petrified companion to the yet-untainted air under the great tree. There, in the protection of the spirit-filled pillar planted long ago by her grandfather, the curse slowly wore away, but the garden was still in danger...
Artwork by Svetlana Tigai.