Prolog: Surprise in the Woods
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Cally was running through the woods, desperately fleeing the sounds of gunfire, when she suddenly stumbled and fell, her sight suddenly obscured by a vision of a glowing woman’s face. Cally whimpered, but suddenly was wrapped in a sense of affection and determination. She felt a sudden connection to, or maybe through, the woman and a vast, terrible pool of strength; there was an abrupt twist in the world, and then the face was gone.
The strength remained, bringing with it a flash of visions of death and pain, memories of fighting with fist and foot, stake and sword and bow. Cally remembered, and knew that she was strong.