Aura Speaker Avina is at the top of her field. It is a very small field. Speaking to those who have gone before is a strange talent and she uses it to bring peace and negotiate between the living and the dead.
Utolian left his physical body to wait until he met a woman he wanted to spend the rest of his existence with. Avina’s touch brings him out of his orb on a regular basis, and he looks forward to each and every moment with her.
Now, if only he will stop her from playing with his ball at every opportunity, he might just get somewhere.
Avina Jenkins addressed the room of trainees. “I know that things tend to seem silly when you first begin an aura hunt, but the dead of certain species leave their energy behind when they die.”
She flicked images on the screen behind her. “These pictures are aura captures from a dozen different worlds. A trained aura speaker can get people in touch with loved ones or end questions about deaths. It is a branch of investigation that few people are interested in and fewer still are able to become part of.”
Her lecture continued with image after image of walking auras. When she completed her speech, she looked out at the audience. “Any questions?”
The room was still for a moment, and then, someone raised a hand.
A nervous young male asked, “Is it accurate that some of the auras can have physical effects?”
“Yes. I have scars on my body from objects thrown at me, and in two cases, the aura fired a weapon.”
He blinked. “I just meant moving furniture.”
“Oh. Sorry. Yes, they can shove furniture, lift items and move things. It depends on their confidence or resentment level in life. In the case of the Lehashicar, the occupation that they engaged in in life is the one they return to after death.”
Another hand went up.
“Why are the auras invisible to so many sensitives?”
“Excellent question. Every talent seems to operate on a differing frequency. The ability to see the auras is rare. If even one person out of this entire room develops the ability, I would be very surprised. While we are well known, there are not many of us.”
Another male raised his hand. “Then, why are we here? This is a huge waste of time if we can’t consider this as a career path.”
She pinched the bridge of her nose over her glasses. “I am going to answer that with a question for you. Have you ever lost a loved one?”
He shifted in his chair. “No.”
Avina smirked, “I thought not. When you have a chance to see your loved ones again, communicate with them, ask the questions that you didn’t get to ask during their lifetimes, you will want an Aura Speaker. When you need to know what happened at a crime scene, you want an Aura Speaker. When you want a good night at a space station, you will want a short-term Companion, but that is another lecture.”
The room burst into laughter.
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Halo is about and Aura Seeker and the spirit of an ancient King. Avina is a powerful anomaly even in her world. Utolian was waiting for a woman worth living for and he found it in Avina.
Avina can speak to the dead. She also has the unique ability to banish them for good. When a mission to a ghost station goes horribly wrong, she finds that not all those who have shed their bodies stay gone. Utolian was once king of his people. They have the unique ability to pull energy to make a physical body although few of his kind bother. But when Avina’s life is in danger, Utolian does what is necessary to save her. Now can he convince her to be his mate throughout this life?
Halo by Viola Grace is part of the Terran Times series. Avina can see the aura of both the living and the dead. She travels for the Citadel on her own terms with a few physical objects that house the dead and she likes it that way. When her life is jeopardized, Utolian becomes a physical embodiment to protect the one who has captured his heart. Now convincing her to allow him into her somewhat sterile life becomes his next challenge.
Avina and Utolian are both strong and self-efficient characters. And while Avina is happy with her life, such as it is, Utolian wants more. And he wants it with Avina, so he sets out to get what he wants. Luckily for him, Avina can be convinced. I enjoyed the method that Utolian used to convince her. I think Ms. Grace gave us a well written story and enjoyable addition to this series.
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