So here is the next segment of Chapter 1. I adjusted the first sentence a bit to sneak in at ten sentences, but it is mostly straight from the book. Hope you like it! As always, the center of the ring can be found here.
I reached across the altar, accepted the knife, and held the blade in the flame of the Candle of Purity, letting it lick around the steel. With the knife purified, I rested the tip against the palm of my right hand. I closed my eyes and tilted my head back. A pinpoint of heat radiated from where the tip of the blade rested on my palm. My stomach danced with exhilaration. A surge of energy coursed through me, the Goddess blessing me. Incense filled my nose. My pulse raced. My grip tightened. I took a deep breath.