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Trained to save a Generation

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Authors Note: This is the beginning of Chapter 1. I'll add more to it later.

 

 

I pushed my feet to keep running. It was on my tail. I wasn't sure what it was exactly, but I knew it was bad. My bare feet pounded the cement with each new step. I panted trying to catch my breath. “Stop where you are!” a voice boomed across the neighborhood.

It only pushed me to run faster. A sleek shadow darted in front of me and I skidded to a stop scraping my heels. I ran in another direction, but another dark shadow swept past me. I turned to run yet a different direction but the shadows stood there. At least a dozen of them. They looked like silhouetts of different people, but that's just it. That's all they were silhouettes. For some reason they wanted me. “Come to us.” they said in Unison.

“What do you want?” I called. Something swept under my feet, and I fell flat on my butt on the hard pavement. One of the silhouettes ran at me. Sprinting. On their path to me, it transformed, into the silhouette of an eagle. It cawed it's shriek before it reached me, penetrating the air. I ducked and rolled into the street, and felt it sweep over my head. I got back up and ran.

It cawed ferociously again. It swooped down from the sky and was beginning to gain on me. It's talons wrapped around my arms and soon my feet left the ground.

I kicked my feet trying to loosen the grip. But it continued to carry me into the night sky. “Let me go you big buffoon!” I cried out.

A light sprang out, out of no where and flashed onto the beast. I could hear a sizzling noise as the beast shrieked, it dropped me and soon I was careening back to the cement street. I could do nothing but scream. Another one of the silhouettes that had changed into yet another eagle caught me just before I hit ground. Before it had time to go anywhere another streak of light flashed. It too sizzled and dispersed dropping me five feet onto the street. Soon half a dozen shrieks filled the night sky as they were burned to death from a streak of light.

Every single silhouette eventually vaporized. I pushed myself up with my arms. Panting. I searched the night. Someone ran into view. A boy of probably 13 or 14 holding a flashlight. “That was close!” He smiled at me. He held a hand out to me and helped me up.

“What the heck was that?!” I asserted.

“Calm down!”

“Calm down!? I just got attacked by shadows!”

“You must be a newbie to all of this.” he huffed. He looked into my face, suddenly he looked very confused. “Wh-what's your name?” he asked.

“Skyler Dornan.” I replied.

“Skyler Dornan? You're the one that's been causing all the chaos with the leagues.” he cried.

“What are you talking about?”

“Where have you been? We've looked for you everywhere!”

“I'm still very confused.”

“Don't you remember anything?”

“Apparently not.”

“Crap. Come with me! Now!” he said sprinting off. I wondered if I should go back home or follow him. I felt like an invisible string tugged at my wrist, pulling me to follow the mysterious boy.

“Where are we going?” I yelled.

“To a safe haven!” he yelled back.

We ran down a busy street, and he fetched a cab. He told the driver to step on it, handing him a generous tip. As we sped down the busy street the boy played nervously with his fingers. “What's going on?” I asked.

“Normally I'm not this nervous, being in the outside and all.” he laughed nervously to himself. “But since you're with me, that makes me nervous. Do you even know how many creatures and beasts are on your tail? You're attracting them like crazy!”

“What the heck are you are talking about?” I asked.

“That's the other thing that makes me nervous. You don't remember a thing. Which can't be good.” he pointed out.

It was clear he was not going to answer any of my questions. I leaned my head against the door and watched the surrounding pass by quickly. We'd gone from the busy street to a completely deserted area. There were pine trees that towered over our heads, standing so close together it was impossible to see ten feet into them. Not only that but it was dark. Who knew what was hidden amongst them?

“STOP!” the boy yelled, and the car came to a screeching stop. I nearly smacked the back of the drivers seat with my head, luckily my seat belt caught me.

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