Farther is a novel-length story posted 1000-1500 words at a time, as part of the Wednesday Serial series here on Apprentice Never Master. If you haven’t been reading from the beginning, here are some helpful links:
Chapter 1 – ANIE: Part I – Part II
Anie’s birthday starts as every day does, her sister waking up in the dim hours of the morning listening to the patrols pass under the window. They aim to celebrate, but this town is leaning into a storm.
Chapter 2 – SERYN: Part III – Part IV – Part V – Part VI
Seryn is one of the lucky ones, the ones who don’t hide what they are. She wears her uniform and her gifts on her sleeve, but she’s not sure that she’s truly out of danger.
Chapter 3 – ANIE: Part VII – Part VIII
Anie and her sisters celebrate in the market, with wishes and secrets on the air.
Chapter 4 – SERYN: Part IX – Part X – Part XI
Seryn is keeping her own kind of secrets, though she’d rather not.
Chapter 5 – TIERNAN: Part XII
Tiernan reveals there is more than one way to deal with the keimon.
Chapter 6 – SERYN: Part XIII
Seryn and Aled argue over their options after the patrol comes back with hard news for the town.
Chapter 7 – TIERNAN: Part XIV – Part XV
Tiernan and Eoin consider their own options, and close some doors with a bang.
Chapter 8 – ANIE: Part XVI – Part XVII – Part XVIII – Part XIX – Part XX
Thea learns that the gates will be open. Now, it’s up to her to convince her father it’s time to go, before another surprise strikes.
Chapter 9 – TIERNAN / SERYN: Part XXI
Tiernan watches the keimon make their escape from the safety of his camp. Seryn watches the escape from the safety of her walls.
Chapter 10 – SERYN: Part XXII – Part XXIII
Seryn and Aled leave the city too, after dawn, after the gates have officially closed again. It might have gone smoother if they’d left with the rest, but those weren’t their orders.
Chapter 11 – ANIE: Part XXIV – Part XXV – Part XXVI
Anie and the other refugees work their way away from Serres. While they’re getting to know the people who are now traveling shoulder-to-shoulder with them, Thea, Mel, and Anie wonder about some of the people they left behind.
Chapter 12 – SERYN: Part XXVII
Seryn joins the caravan and meets the leaders of the loose coalition.
Chapter 13 – EOIN: Part XXVIII – Part XXIX
Eoin watches the caravan’s progress, and isn’t pleased to see their new additions.
Chapter 14 – ANIE/SERYN: Part XXX – Part XXXI – Part XXXII
It’s dinner time, time to relax, eat, and talk about things that come out more easily in the growing dark. But Seryn isn’t sure what else might come with the night.
Chapter 15 – MULTIPLE: Part XXXIII – Part XXXIV – Part XXXV – Part XXXVI
Fire and shadows in the night.
Chapter 16 – SERYN: Part XXXVII – Part XXXVIII
Seryn tries to settle the caravan into something like quiet after the night’s disaster. If she can slip them into the palm of her hand at the same time…
Chapter 17 – EOIN: Part XXXIX
Eoin and Tiernan are also settling their folk, finding space for the new companions they’ve collected, when they receive unwanted help.
Chapter 18 – SERYN: Part XL – Part XLI – Part XLII
Seryn reminds Aled who who is the superior officer, and the night’s work takes its toll on her soldiers.
Chapter 19 – ANIE: Part XLII
Mel and Anie overhear a conversation they probably weren’t supposed to.
Chapter 20 – MULTIPLE: Part XLIII – Part XLIV – Part XLV – Part XLVI – Part XLVII – Part XLVIII
Seryn guides the caravan south to safety, while Eoin gives chase.
Chapter 21 – TIERNAN/EOIN: Part IL – Part L – Part LI – Part LII – Part LIII
Eoin and Tiernan return home. Tiernan hesitantly delivers bad news. Eoin finds that home is not a comfortably quiet as he thought.
Chapter 22 – ANIE: Part LIV – Part LV – Part LVI
The fortress to the south is need of repairs, but there’s some peace in settling into the work. Anie, Thea, Mel and the twins fall into with smiles and the winter eases past.
Chapter 23 – ANIE: Part LVII – Part LVIII – Part LIX
Winter is almost over. The pass through the mountain is almost clear. But when Madden’s army arrives, someone opens the gates for them.
Chapter 24 – TIERNAN: Part LX – Part LXI
Tiernan’s family is celebrating their return, but he’s already trying to find a way to go back across the mountains.
Chapter 25 – ANIE: Part LXII – Part LXIII
Anie and the other children are locked in for the night. When they get a peek into the main hall, it’s more than Anie bargained for.
Chapter 26 – ANIE: Part LXIV – Part LXV – Part LXVI – Part LXVII
Training begins when Rhian wakes them all up and takes them up the mountain. Anie goes along, because Chas is always right beside her and he swears everyone is all right. Seryn fights for her own.
Chapter 27 – ANIE: Part LXVIII – Part LXIX
Rhian continues their training, with a few promises.
Chapter 28 – TIERNAN: Part LXX – Part LXXI – Part LXXII – Part LXXIII
Callix makes a suggestion. Tiernan balks at it, and it pushes him in the exact opposite direction.
Chapter 29 – ANIE: Part LXXIV – Part LXXV – Part LXXVI – Part LXXVII
Anie talks with Seryn, then pushes herself a little too far in training. Rhian shows them what they’re all aiming for.
Chapter 30 – SERYN: Part LXXVIII – Part LXXIX – Part LXXX – Part LXXXI
Rhian answers a question that wasn’t asked. Seryn takes care of her own.
Chapter 31 – ANIE: Part LXXXII – Part LXXXIII
Rhian is sick, and Drystan takes over the children’s training.
Chapter 32 – TIERNAN/ANIE: Part LXXXIV – Part LXXXV – Part LXXXVI
Tiernan crosses the mountains. Anie catches Aled with fire in his hands.
Chapter 33 – TIERNAN/SERYN: Part LXXXVII – Part LXXXVIII – Part LXXXIX – Part XC – Part XCI
Tiernan continues to make his plans. Seryn meets Macsen at the gate.
Chapter 34 – SERYN/ANIE/TIERNAN: Part XCII – Part XCIII – Part XCIV – Part XCV
Seryn changes the routine at the fortress. Macsen’s new orders turn it on its head.
Chapter 35 – SERYN/ANIE: Part XCVI – Part XCVII – XCVIII
Seryn delivers Macsen’s orders to the rest of the guard. Aled prepares to take most of the guard home.
Chapter 36 – SERYN: Part XCIX – Part C – Part CI
While the fortress locks down for a battle in front of the wall, Seryn fights in the main hall.
Chapter 37 – TIERNAN: Part CII – Part CIII – Part CIV
Tiernan directs the retreat and finds a place for the new addition to his army.
Chapter 38 – SERYN: Part CV – Part CVI – Part CVII – Part CVIII – Part CIX
Seryn and the guard scout around the fortress after the battle, then return to bury the dead. Macsen gives Seryn fresh orders. And she burns.
Chapter 39 – ANIE: Part CX – Part CXI – Part CXII – Part CXIII
Anie runs north with her sisters. Deorsa greets them with a wall of horses. Momma is cooking.