Part One: Summer Skins
Chapter One: Blessed By Summer’s Kiss
Since she was a child, Velrayne had always been uncontrollable. She never stopped moving, and was madly in love with the world around her. She was wild throughout her youth; she never tied back her long, dark hair, and instead let it whip about her face like smoke. Her skin was bronzed from summer suns she’d never once stayed inside for and layers of dirt she was loathe to scrub away, the stubborn child she was.
At seven years old, Velrayne had two older brothers and one small sister. Twelve year old Atistre was extremely affectionate towards his sister, always happy to play with her when she demanded his company. Ten year old Rheian, however, wanted nothing to do with the child except to torment her. Rheian was not a cruel boy, but teasing his sister and pulling her hair were games to him; to chase Velrayne and be chased by her knight, brave Sir Brother Atistre. When Rheian gave into it, he could be