Circlebound - Chp 1 - RebirthI was chosen for greatness, hand-picked by the elders of the Circle to join the ranks of the Reborn.
That day remains forever engrained upon my memory, for it was the day that my life as a carefree child ended, and my second life began. They called it "Rebirth"— a time when the person we Had Been, died as we stepped into the shadowed halls of the Circle Chamber.
Stripped naked, we halted before a circular pool at the centre of the hall, a sharp shaft of sunlight slicing down from the opening at the dome of the chamber, glittering upon the undulating waters before us. Here, in the centre of our enlightened realm, both sky and water met within the embrace of earth and shadow, merging in that single womb-like space.
Any thoughts of our families were overshadowed now by the apprehension and fear of the moment we had consigned ourselves to once we had set foot within the hallowed Circle. Memories of the w