If Wishes Were Arrows - RAMore Like This
If Wishes Were Arrows
Time seemed to move in slow motion as he gripped the boat's railing, using it to haul himself up and over, vaulting into the ocean below. He looked up in time to see a large pair of hands grabbing for where he'd been just seconds ago before the salty waters swallowed him whole. The water was cold; freezing, actually, but Will didn't let that stop him. He let himself be dragged down by swirling currents caused by the passing of the Skandians' wolfship, then pumped his arms and legs in the direction of the surface.
Upon breaking through, gasping, the young apprentice stole a glance back at the large vessel behind him. Its occupants were lining the railing and letting out yells of consternation, waving fists and weapons. Will grinned, feeling a rush of freedom, then turned to swim back towards the far-off shoreline. He had managed to escape the Skandians. He wasn't going to be sold as a slave.
And he was heading home. Back to Halt.
The boy could barely make ou
Halt ThinksThe stars seemed unusually bright that night, he noticed. Why did they deserve to shine light and radiate joy? Why couldn't they be as dark and dim as the rest of the land?More Like This
Halt sighed. He couldn't remember a time when he'd felt so strange. Normally, by now, he'd either be asleep or yelling for Will to shut…
That was it- why he felt so strange.
Will was gone.
True, he'd lived alone in the forest for years. It should have been no problem ignoring his emotions, or even getting to sleep. But there was emptiness where Will used to be. The smallest things seemed to have a huge hole in them- Waking up, taking walks, practicing, even going to bed. All seemed to isolate him and force him to realize that he was alone in the world, and probably always would be.
He glared at the sky. The stars winked at him, bright and smiley. Was that even a word?
"Give him back," Halt snarled out loud. His voice cracked and his voice rose. "What did I do to deserve this?!?"
The stars didn't answer.
He blinked a