Author: hummmingbird PM
Set at the time when people still lived in forests, this is a story about a girl who is different and disliked, but soon finds herself on a quest. A quest in which she is only given a month. A quest that involves saving the whole island.Rated: Fiction K - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 63 - Words: 47,056 - Reviews: 146 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 03-05-13 - Published: 03-23-12 - Status: Complete - id: 3007380
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"You cannot lie about being a Saver," Glow warns me.
"Yes," I agree miserably, while thinking of what to do.
"I would probably banish you from this village, for lying about such important things, but since it is the Days of Food and Warmth I will not. All strangers and enemies must be friends. But I cannot elp you," she stands up to leave.
"No, wait…" I begin, but the tribe leader has already gone.
Ow could I have lost the knife? I scold myself.
I imagine going back to the hills to search for my bag. Even the thoughts of that make me tired.
I cannot think clearly. I curl up next to Claw on the fur mat and close my eyes. My headache has returned.
In my head I ask myself questions I have asked already a dozen times before- why am I a Saver? Where would I be now if I had never met Claw? And why am I Nothing?
These thoughts are soon chased away by uneasy, dreamless sleep.
It seems like I only sleep for a heartbeat, but I know it's not true, for when I awake the hut is dark. As I look through the smoke hole I see that the sky is black.
For a moment I just lie there and close my eyes. I can hear people telling stories by the fire and the sigh of the ocean. I can smell meat cooking. My stomach is so empty it hurts. The smell of food makes my mouth water. I would get up, go and eat, but I cannot. I feel that if I would, I would throw up.
Claw soon enters the hut. I never realized he'd ever left. In his teeth he holds a big lump of meat. I cannot see him, but I see his shape vaguely in the dark. He comes towards me and drops the meat by my side. I feel so grateful when I realize that the food is meant for me.
I tear away the deer meat from the bone and toss the bone to Claw. He grabs it and then walks back outside the hut, probably to find a peaceful place to enjoy his bone.
I sit up and chew the hot meat. My head still hurts. I moan in frustration. Now I fall sick? Right when I have to Save the whole island?
When I finish eating I lie back down. I would sleep immediately, but I cannot. My head is still hot. It seems to get hotter with every breath.
I feel so bad that tears spring to my eyes. When they do my headache gets worse.
That's when my thoughts go wild. To my horror I realize that I am sleeping in the hut of a dead man. I also think of floods- why are we so close to the ocean?
I cry in the dark. My throat has turned into a knot. I feel very hot. My back is sweating. I would take off my vest, but I cannot move without a huge pain erupting in my head.
Where is Claw? I would do anything just to have him here with me now.
Quietly I call out to him and pray to the gods not to send on floods tonight.
I feel absolutely miserable. My chest rises and falls as I sob. I try to calm my breathing, but end up with a fit of coughs.
Finally I manage to fall asleep.