Tradewinds 01 CH 01“THE ISLANDS”Tradewinds 01 CH 013 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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 02 CH 01“PARADISE”Tradewinds 02 CH 013 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Max felt something warm, wet and abrasive rub across his face.
He vaguely remembered having a dream about waking up on a beach… After being chased out at sea after… what had to be the worst nightmare of his life…
After a moment he became aware of the fact that he was lying on sun-warmed sand. He wondered why he was so tired… Of course, it made perfect sense to be exhausted after such a rigorous ordeal… He knew he must have tossed and turned all night to be this worn out…
Then he felt that strange sensation on his face again, tugging his senses still further into the here and now.
“What’s going on…” he muttered. He dug his fingers through the sand, finding that he still barely had enough strength to make a fist.
Experimentally, he opened his eyes.
He cried out in alarm and confusion as he looked up into the feline face staring down at him. Max rolled away with a yelp. For its part, the