|the quest of catmandu 6 (standard:science fiction, 0 words) [6/6] show all parts|
|Author: nightshade||Added: Jun 07 2001||Views/Reads: 1517/1104||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|a discovery leads to a reunion and revelations for princess Shae|
The Quest of Catmandu chapter 6 by Nightshade and Kris Dahl Shae thought her father's stories about past wars were scary, but they had offered no preparation for the terror and violence she was seeing before her as she peered through the foilage of a well-disguised hiding place a mere hundred yards away. it was called the war of Catfight mountains for it's obvious location, and Shae was vehemently ordered to stay at the main camp with the other cubs and the ones assigned to protect them from trespassing enemies. she was told that war was bad but sometimes unavoidable, and however intelligent she was at six years old, Shae didn't fully comprehend the meaning of the word. her simple definition was a big fight, and that led her to believe that it was little more than what she sometimes had with sister Kaeryn and their older brother, Khae. with the remaining members in the camp preoccupied, Shae snuck away with her two best friends...Charval, who was five and Tynak a very precocius seven. they found and followed the trail of king Rhae and his bodyguards, Markus and Soloman. it was a two day trek for the cubs, but they kept up with the adults and folowed closely while staying out of sight. they were nearing the battle site and could hear thumping and roaring in the echoing distance. "who's fighting? who's fighting?" Charval asked excitedly. "everyone is." Tynak replied. "yeah," Shae added "but our side will win." "you bet" the two friends cheered as they followed the princess. "our mommies and daddies are gonna tan our hides if they find out that we're here...especially your daddy, Shae." Tynak shivered. "i know that," Shae grumbled. "but who's gonna tell him? we're closer to the fight than to the camp and no-one there will be able to reach him before we get there." before they knew it, they were in view of the battle site. from where they stood, they saw hundreds of people clawing, punching, gouging and biting each other. the young ones were stopped dead by the blood curdling screams of pain and death that echoed off of the mountains. people of different colors and patterns fighting with or against others for different reasons...some justifiable and some not. it was an all too familiar theme that time would never be able to escape or erase. Shae, Tynak and Charval were now starting to learn this, though they now wished that they had listened to their parents. suddenly, they were snapped to attention by someone running at them from the side. it was king Rhae, pounding the ground with every step...and he looked furious. "Shae!! i told you to stay at the camp!" "i'm, i'm sorry daddy. i just wanted to see you fight." Shae stuttered. "and you two..." he glared at Tynak and Charval, "your fathers are going to rip the skin off your bodies when they find out that you disobeyed them...if they live to make it home." "s,s,sorry, king Rhae." Tynak chattered while trying not to crumble. the thundering of conflict and screams of pain redirected the king's attention. he couldn't remember how many times he had heard those noises or felt those vibrations while growing but he was positive of one thing. he hated it just as much as the first time he experienced it. looking back at the battle, Rhae grimaced. the bodies on the ground and the ones standing looked far worse in the grand scheme of things than he had feared. he had to get back into it...until he thought he saw enemy numbers looking his way. "damn! i've got to find you some cover...over there, the shrubs and bushes by that tree. go hide until this is over." "but daddy..." "NOW!!" the king bellowed at Shae. Shae had been in trouble before and had been given stern straightforward reprimands, but not so harsh as this. she knew now that he meant what he said and wanted her safe. the cubs had just made it to cover and were now peeking through the leaves and branches...unfortunately, they were looking out just in time to see the king being attacked by what looked to be four Panthers and three Leopards. "where's evryone else?" Shae demanded frantically "why isn't anybody helping my daddy?" before that question even had a chance of finding an answer, her heart was frozen by the spine-chilling sounds of a scream unlike any she had heard before. tears followed uncontrollably as Shae somehow knew that the screams had come from her father. she tried to break from her cover and run to the king, but Charval and Tynak held her in place. it was as much for the sake of king Rhae orders. as for the life of the young princess. a thin line of hope appeared as the girlcubs saw four of the assailants suddenly drop Click here to read the rest of this story (349 more lines)
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