Not sure how well you’ll follow this, but for a rough draft I thought this chapter was relatively good. It’s chapter 13 of the book I’m currently devoting almost all my free time to, What Lies In The Dark, and probably the chapter I was most excited about since I could pretty much run with the drama. Haha…did I mention I like drama? Anyways, sorry if this seems sort of sketchy since it’s just a draft. Quite a rough draft actually….hope you enjoy it despite! 😀
“We should be reaching a gorge any time now.” David announced as they traveled through an open plain.
The four of them had been walking all night. Emuna had complained about being tired and Brian complied to carrying her so she could get some sleep. Now the four of them walked in such a order; David took point, Brian walked a step or so behind him, carrying sleeping Emuna, and Gavin walked a few steps behind Brian.
“A gorge?” Gavin called to David wearily. The dragon’s words played in his mind once more and the wheels began to turn on how he would keep Emuna from passing.
“Yes, it is called Letum Incipia, or Death’s Beginning in your language.” David said as he realized a sort of dip in the ground up ahead. The rising sun barely managed to provide enough light for him to catch it.
“Sounds lovely…” Gavin mumbled.
David stopped and turned around to face Brian, Gavin, and sleeping Emuna. “The sun is rising and I can see the gorge up ahead, I think we should stop and rest for the day. We will continue our journey upon nightfall.”
“In this open plain?” Brian said, looking around at the open ground that required no coverage for them. “We can be seen for miles.”
David smiled. “Indeed, if there where anyone to see us. I believe today we will have no problem with our enemies. Elah Shaddaih scared them off for a day. Unless one of us calls our enemy back they will not return until tomorrow. Around the time we will be reaching Elah’s plain.”
“Alright.” Brian said. He kneeled down carefully and laid Emuna on the ground. She let out a small whimper and turned on her side, covering her face with her hands and pulling her knees up to her stomach. “We should find food and make a fire. Who would like to find the food?” he took Emuna’s bow and arrow off his shoulder and held it out in the air.
“I will!” Gavin jumped grabbing the bow and quiver full of arrows out of Brian’s loose grip.
Brian raised an eyebrow and Gavin, but didn’t object aloud. “Very well, Gavin. Try over there.” he pointed a five minutes walk away to a patch of trees where Gavin could see them, but not be seen. “We shan’t be able to scare the animals at that distance.” Gavin nodded and sprinted towards the patch of trees.
Brian, David, and Emuna sat around the fire. Gavin had not returned from his hunting yet and it was well into the afternoon. Emuna had woken up a few minutes after Brian and David had finished making the fire, which was made much easier by Emuna’s white cordial. Now they three of them sat there quietly each wondering the same thing. Where was Gavin?
Finally, Brian broke the silence. “I’m going to go get that egotistical narcissist.” He got up off the ground and wiped off the few pieces of grass that had stuck to his pants.
“Very well, Sir Brian. Be back in fifteen minutes or we’ll assume a search party.” David said, throwing a piece of wood in the fire they had made.
Brian nodded than smiled at Emuna before turning and heading towards the patch of trees Gavin had disappeared behind a few hours ago.
Gavin had reached the patch of trees fairly quickly. He turned back for a second to see the other three one last time. Brian was pouring a drop of water over the ground, David was gathering fire wood, and Emuna still slept on the ground. He wondered for a second what he was doing and why he was doing it, but he quickly pushed the thoughts aside. I’m doing this. Besides not like they treat me any better. He probably could’ve thought of several times when Brian and Emuna had, in fact, treated him better, but he did not.
Gavin took a photo of his three companions in his mind than ducked behind the trees, rendering himself invisible to the other three. When he saw no one he sat down under a tree and placed his hands in the position to use his power. He slowly focused on creating an orb. The same fiery pain that had surged through his hands before came again, stronger this time. He set his jaw and focused on the small light being created above his hands.
Gavin wasn’t entirely sure how long he had sat there staring at the white orb (could’ve been minutes, could’ve been hours) when it melted away and he looked up to see Terminus standing behind a tree, concealed well by some shadows. Beside him stood a short man, not unlike the one Emuma had killed, with five daggers strapped to his belt and a bow and quiver swung around his back.
“We await our order, General Gavin.” the stout man said.
“General?” Gavin asked, looking up from the man to Terminus. Standing up so he was eye level with him.
“Yes, you shall be general. Though, I shall still refer to you as Gavin and nothing else. I do not stoop to formal names.” Terminus said, his expression remaining emotionless. “We have an army waiting. When do you think is the best time to attack and kill them?”
Gavin’s eyes widened. “Kill them? You didn’t say you would kill them!” he snapped.
“Watch your tone boy!” Terminus barked back. “I did not tell you because I knew you would be too weak. I was protecting you, but protect you I can no longer. You have five minutes to tell me when the best time is or I will assume my massacre in fifteen. Now, answer me. when is the best time to attack?”
“I….uhh…” Gavin was dumbfounded, it hadn’t really hit him until now that he would be killing David, Brian, and Emuna and he most certainly hadn’t noticed that he actually did (in a very uncharacteristic way) consider them to be his friends. Perhaps, his only friends. The realization that he had possibly just signed his friend’s death sentences struck him like a dagger in the heart. He felt his hands go cold and his face turn white as words left him. He had to do something…but he couldn’t think of anything that could be done in time. They would all die because of him and there was nothing he could do to stop it.
A strong hand slapped Gavin hard across the cheek, leaving a red mark where it had hit. Gavin blinked back a few involuntary tears and forced himself to look up at Terminus. “I said answer me boy!”
Thoughts raced through Gavin’s mind. He had to respond. The only two options he had; he could save himself or die trying to save them. For the first time he was torn between his own well being and the well being of others. He lowered his gaze from Terminus and starred at the sword on Terminus’ side. “How long?”
“How long what?” Terminus said, his voice dripping with rage.
“How long have I been here?…if I have been gone for longer than two hours they will be wondering where I am and be unsuspecting of the danger that is upon them.”
“Than in fifteen minutes is the best time to attack.” came Gavin’s solemn reply as he felt tears threatening to pour from his eyes.
“Good man.” Terminus said, than turned back to the man behind him and spoke rapidly in another language. The man said something incoherent back to Terminus, bowed, and left the patch of trees, being sure to leave so he would end up on a side that Gavin’s friends could not see. Terminus than turned back to Gavin.
Brian’s breath caught in his throat, he had just watched as Gavin had given Terminus the okay to kill them all. Now he stood and watched as Gavin stood in front of Terminus, silence filling around them. Brian wanted to kill, stab, and slap Gavin all at once, but he knew he had more priorities than revenge. Starting with warning Emuna. So he got up from the tree he was hiding behind, his foot slipped on a rock and he tripped and almost fell, had it not been for a branch he caught. The branch broke. It fell to the ground with a thud.
“Someone is here.” Terminus growled, drawing his sword.
Brian gave up on the stealthy and smooth approach and opted for the run and scream method. He sprinted out from the tree he was hiding behind, just barely missing the blade of Terminus’ sword as it swung to decapitate him.
“Gavin! Let’s go now!” Brian said, even after this boy had practically just murdered him he had to at least try to save him. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest move, but he felt as if it was necessary.
“Don’t go with him, Gavin! We must prepare the army!” Terminus scolded as he re-sheathed his sword and made a signal with his hands into the sky.
Gavin thought for a second between the panicked Brian and the murderous Terminus. Than nodded to Brian whom preceded to dash out of the trees to warn the others, Gavin close behind him.
Emuna and David stood up as they saw the two boys rushing towards them. Brian seemed worried and all of the color had left Gavin’s face. For a second Emuna thought she saw, shame. Perhaps remorse, even, on the boy’s face.
Brian reached them first, stopping beside Emuna. He didn’t speak for a few seconds to catch his breath, “Terminus is coming. With an entire army. We have to go.”
“My father?….How did he…” Emuna’s voice trailed off as everything suddenly fit together in her mind. It was as if she had been working on a puzzle and the last piece had finally clicked into place. She saw the full picture. “You evil brute Gavin!” she screamed, “How could you?! Now we’re…we’re…” once again her voice sunk to a whisper. She turned to David. “What’s going to happen to us?”
David’s face showed the answer to her question before he spoke it. “It’s impossible to run from Terminus’ army…we would need something to keep him here for a few minutes until we can cross the gorge.”
Emuna lowered her eyes. This was it. She was going to die. The knowledge that this journey would end in her death had lingered in her mind since she had been kidnapped at the cave. She just had wished that she would have more hope of survival when it came down to this.
“I’ll stay.” Brian suddenly said. Everyone turned to look at him. Gavin’s face showed the most amount of surprise. “I can keep him here for at least three minutes before they finish me off. Do you think you can get Emuna out of harms way in that time lapse, David?”
“Are you in the upmost certainty of this? I want her gone before I swing my last blow.” David nodded, his facial expression changing from surprise to respect. Without warning he bowed to Brian.
“Of course, Master Brian. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
Brian would’ve spoken words of gratitude as well had the sound of clanking metal not reached his ears. The four of them turned to see an army running at full pace towards them.
“Brian…” Emuna pleaded, the tone in her voice begging him to stay, to think of something else he could do. Anything but this. She couldn’t stand the thought (and even less the actual event) of Brian dying.
Brian tore his gaze from the army to look at Emuna, her brown eyes were on the verge of spilling over with her bright tears. Every few seconds her lip would quiver as she bit back sobs. “You have to go. Now.” he whispered to her urgently pushing her towards David gently, but she didn’t move. She refused to take her eyes off Brian. “It’ll be fine.” he whispered before pressing a gentle kiss to her forehead. She let out a small sob as he softly turned her around and nudged her towards David.
His hand slipped from her shoulder as she reached the side of the other man. “We must make haste, Miss Emuna, the army is almost upon us.” Emuna nodded to David as he grasped her hand (half in comfort and half to coax her to come along with him) and sprinted towards the gorge.
Gavin stood looking at Brian for a second longer. Wondering why he would give himself for him. For a traitor. Brian looked him in the eye one final time. I forgive you, Gavin of Realta.
With that Gavin turned and rushed to catch up with Emuna and David. Turning behind one more time as he reached the gorge, only to see Brian covered by the blur of Terminus’ army. He muttered a single sentence under his breath, though he knew Brian could not hear him.
My bad if the end seemed a little sappy…I’ll probably revise that later. Thanks for reading!