Chapter 5- Showing the Ropes

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Kiri's P.O.V.

      So we had a lot to think about. We had a to take in to consideration that we would have to leave our families behind but also that it was a once in a lifetime situation. For me, my decision was already made. I wanted to go. Because it wasn't like we would never see our families again. David had even said that we could. Liljana on the other hand was still undecided. In my mind she was thinking about it to much. "Come on Liljana. We have to accept."

      "What about our fimilies? Who will get food and suplies? Who will keep a roof over their heads?" Liljana asked me for what felt like the millionth time.

      Sighing I reply, "Well Juan is almost ten. We could quickly teach him the ropes and then head out. I mean I see no reason why he wouldn't help."

     "Lets make a deal then." She finally answered after minutes of pondering the suggestion. "If we can't teach Juan well enough in one day then we stay. If we succeed then we go."

      That sounded fair so I agreed then together we headed out to find Jaun and tell our families the news.


      It takes us an hour to tell our families and answer all their questions.

      "So about how long will you be gone?" my mother questioned us.

      "We aren't exactly sure. I don't think we will be back for a long time though." I answer her, head down.

      Next Liljana's mom questioned us, "What will we do when your gone?"

      "Kiri and I have talked about it and we have decided that we will teach Juan how to hunt. That is if he is willing to." Liljana replied confidently. Thankfully Juan nodded in agreement. "Lets go then!"

      Liljana and I teach Jaun how to do everything from shooting an arrow to skinning a deer. To my favor, Jaun excels at everything we teach him. He was a natural. That was a good sign for me. If he kept doing well then we would be off by morning.

      We train till about an hour before sundown then helped set up camp for the third time since we left home. The solider gave us some salted deer and a sip of water, barely enough to keep is going.

      Just as Liljana and I finish our scraps, we hear a commotion. I see Liljana look behind us so I follow suit. What I saw horrified me. There was a young girl on the ground crying, and a solider standing over her menacingly.

      "How dare you ask got more food!" the solider yelled, drawing in more curious stares. "You will eat what we give you. No more, no less. ou rlucky we feed you at all!"

      The little girl whimpered bit didn't say anything. The abusive solider booted her in the side, "understand!"

      When the little girl was kicked I felt movement beside. Turning my head I see Liljana getting her to her feet, a determined gleam in her eyes. Grabbing her ankle I hiss, "Liljana. Where are you going?"

      "I'm stopping that man." She stated simply. Then, turning back to the noise she yells, "hey! What do you think your doing!"

      "It's none of your business peasant!" he yelled back.

      Walking forward Liljana replies coolly, "I'm asking it my business. No one and I mean no one, should beat anyone just for asking a measly question. A simple no would suffice."

      "I don't care. What are you going to do about it?" the solider scoffed.