Tradewinds 01 CH 00 PrologueThe Island was a lost treasure.
A rare gem, indeed, an emerald star that took no part in any constellation, gleaming all alone in its own corner of an endless sky men called the Ocean. Many miles out of anyone’s way, it was a pristine place, unseen by human eyes and untouched by human hands. So it seemed destined to remain for the Ages.
Or at least until today.
For as the sun slowly rose from its nightly swim, as the eternal waves emerged from untold depths, to the faint chorus of life echoing through the morning mist in the jungle beyond the beach, the light of dawn shone on a young man who lay sprawled out on the sand.
Barely more than a boy, really, but tall for his age. His light brown, almost blond, hair was damp and caked with the same ancient sand as his ragged clothes. If not for the breath of life he still had in him, he would be hard to discern from the rest of the half-buried junk strewn across that stretch of beach.
Now these things were the only lingering hint of la
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The two young combatants stood face to face, staves held in traditional fighting stances.
For their age, their looks of intense concentration might otherwise have seemed comical if not for the fact that they were balancing on a small boat. The boat drifted in the middle of a pond, one of several to be found on their island home. Beyond the small clearing, light jungle and deciduous forest dominated the inland landscape, giving way to larger trees in the high lands.
Two other kids watched this spectacle, though its two chief participants remained oblivious to them.
The boy, barely eleven but tall for his age, and still blissfully unaware of any unexpected sea voyages in his future, twitched an eyebrow to shift his black headband, which bore the symbol of his family in white. Clad in the traditional loose-fitting pants and open robe that were common dress in this realm, he stood on the bench near the bow of the small boat in bare feet, his wiry-muscled
Tradewinds 05 CH 20Amy rode swiftly down the dark road, visor flipped up to see through the misting rain.Tradewinds 05 CH 201 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Once down the bank, she had passed the point of no return, and there was nowhere to go but forward. Based on what she did know, she was pretty sure she knew the risks, but she would be lying to herself by insisting that she wasn’t afraid. Be careful, a voice in the back of her head warned, You also go to Flathead High. Somehow she knew the Black Van was out to get her, too. And not just because of what school she went to. She couldn’t understand how she knew, yet she didn’t have time to puzzle it out.
In spite of the mounting objections from various corners of her mind, she had a friend to rescue. (Though she had yet to see if he was boyfriend material.) After all, how was Shades supposed to go out with her Saturday night if he was roadkill?
Steeling herself against unknown dangers, she pressed on. With a
Tradewinds 02 CH 13Max awoke at dawn, half-buried in sand. Figuring that he must have dug himself in in his sleep, he stumbled to his feet, the sand whispering him a peaceful good morning as he rose. Bandit lifted his head and gazed at him with sleepy eyes, then casually stretched and rose to his feet.Tradewinds 02 CH 131 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Boy and cub, yawning and stretching at the same time.
Max grabbed his pan, then started at a brisk trot into the jungle, Bandit hot on his heels and gaining. After hitting his stride, Max broke out into an all-out dash, zigzagging through the jungle toward the pond. His sleepiness had completely vanished by the time he reached the clearing.
He let out a long, ecstatic whoop as he took a flying leap into the water. He swam out to the falls. As he paddled leisurely, he again watched Bandit dipping his paws in the water and staring out at the pond with wary uncertainty. Max glanced around the pond for a moment, wondering if his furry friend wasn’t worried about the water itself, but something in it
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“Mmmm… I don’t wanna go to school…”
Shades rolled over, pulling the blankets over his head. The darkest hour is always before dawn, before it could dawn on him that it was Saturday, and there was no school on Saturday. (At least not in this world.)
Ha! Mrs Banner! For no particular reason remembering his fourth grade teacher. Your educational powers have no effect on me on weekends!
He turned again, splaying himself out on his back. Feeling the squares of summer sunshine which had crept up on him, warming his whole body, and knowing that Saturday morning was passing into Saturday afternoon. A whole day, and he had all of that day to decide what to do with it. For all his years in the trailer, he had slept on a fold-up couch in what was technically the dining room. His bedroom was right behind the wall, but the heating system didn’t reach back there— the rest of the yea
Tradewinds 09 CH 09After all these convoluted hallways Shades had passed through in here, it seemed to be a common— or, as his old friend Arthur used to say, monotonous— phenomenon. There was an aura about this place that lost didn’t even begin to describe. Made it hard to concentrate on what he was doing. Dazed and inexplicably drowsy in spite of his nerves, he had to keep reminding himself what he was doing here.Tradewinds 09 CH 091 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Originally, to help find Kato’s friends, of course, though rescue them was starting to sound more like it. He found it easier to focus on his friends, just to take the edge off. Especially Kato.
On one hand, she seemed pretty up-front about the whole Tri-Medal business. He would be lying to himself if he said he wasn’t excited about the chance to finally find out what that strange medallion he had worn since he was a kid really was. Yet he was not entirely sure he could trust her.
He kept telling Max not to