Writing Salvation has been both a joyful and challenging experience. Adult Nick hasn’t lost his sense of humor, but he is more jaded then he was in Prophecy. After all, a lot did happen to him in the previous story. He lost his parents, discovered he carried a powerful Gift he didn’t want, made his first kill at the age of eighteen in order to save his sister’s life. For her part, Sakura also experienced her own horrors during the invasion, yet her Gift to heal is a lifeline. Instead of denying it, she embraces it and makes some interesting discovers about it in the process. Some of these discoveries even surprised me.
“I presume there is a reason for your rude behavior, Nicholaus,” Dante said.
Nick turned back to face his friend and jerked his thumb in the direction of the door. “You sure about her?”
“Is there a problem?”
“Yes.” Nick sat down on the edge of one of the chairs. “She’s, well….” He drew his brows together and frowned. Great. Now his words deserted him. Didn’t that just figure?
Dante gazed at him with an expectant look.
Best to go for broke on this one. “Okay, she’s abrasive, uptight, and may have an anger management problem.” That had sounded way better in his head.
“More than you?”
Dante leaned forward, his hands folded on his desk. “Nick, Sakura is my disipula and therefore my responsibility, just as you were. She is at least as gifted as you, and I anticipate her training will be as brief as yours. However, she is almost twenty-four. Had I discovered her sooner, she would be a full-fledged master healer by now. As my colleague I expect you to treat her as you would any other healer-in-training. You will put your differences aside, reach out to her, and share your knowledge, because the Holy Mother knows we are in desperate need of talented healers. And, as I see it, you have no other option.”