|the Quest of Catmandu (standard:fantasy, 3476 words) [2/6] show all parts|
|Author: nightshade||Added: Sep 14 2000||Views/Reads: 2276/1146||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|as the princess and her bodyguards continue their journey, they meet an old friend and make a new one.|
The Quest Of Catmandu chapter 2 by nightshade and chris dahl "That's too far to go in one day." Tynak exclaimed. "We overdid it." "No wonder we were so tired by the end of the day." Charval chimed in. "One hundred and five miles is too far for one day, you're right." Shae admitted, swallowing a chunk of elk. "So, fifty, sixty miles maybe?" Charval proposed. "Yeah, that'll be better." Tynak agreed. "Here's a better idea." The princess suggested. "We take our time and go as far as we decide each day." "Or," She smiled. "We forget about worrying and think about, picking a spot on the map to reach." A pause. "Naaah." The bodyguards chorused. "Besides, aren't we supposed to learn as much as we can instead of trying to go as far as we can?" Charval asked. "Definitely." Tynak said. "Alright." Shae huffed. "Let's get going." The debate was pointless. There was no hurry, no-one urging them to complete the journey by a set time. The whole purpose, from start to finish, was to learn what they could, correct any injustice, give help to any who needed it, and above all to take their time. The sun was close to touching the horizon by the time they reached the next watercourse, Falcon river. Shae pulled out the map and smiled. The bodyguards sighed behind her. "Falcon river, ladies." Shae announced. "Yeah, but where along Falcon river?" Tynak asked. The princess studied the map. "We've been heading due south, so we should be near this bridge." She said, indicating the second bridge along the river on the map. "What about that camp right there?" Tynak asked, pointing to an 'X' near the bridge. "What about it?" Shae shrugged. "Could we try to make it before we stop for the day?" Charval asked. "Why not?" Shae agreed. "Besides, if this map is accurate, then i know who used to live there." The sun was now gone, leaving a red sky. With the Emerald forest behind them, it seemed darker, but the Tiger clan's princess still spotted a rickety old sign with ease. "I was right." Shae laughed. "Right about what?" Charval inquired. "Whose camp is this?" "See for yourself." Shae grinned, pointing to the sign. "Your uncle Danyx." Tynak smiled. "Now this place looks familiar, we used to come here as cubs." "You just remembered." Charval joked. "So it didn't click in right away, kill me." "Come on ladies." Shae beckoned, "Let's get set up for the night." Soon a fire was burning in the pit, and the ladies were stretched out. as the bodyguards slumbered, Shae withdrew a piece of paper from her sack. She kept the sheet protected between two flat blocks of wood and kept it with her all the time. It was a picture of Faelix and Lynnar, drawn by Tomal not long before she died. It was a perfect representation and the young princess treasured it immensely. She looked at it for a short while as the campfire flickered, putting it away after bidding her distant loved ones a silent goodnight. The morning came and the threesome woke to chirping birds and a bunch of frogs at choir practice by the river. While wishing for more variety in their breakfast, Charval noticed the oddity of the camps natural decor. Trees. They were six miles from the nearest forest, yet this camp had trees in it, and not just any trees... they were apple trees. Two dozen strong growing, beautiful apple trees. yellow apples. Jackpot. Tynack was thinking the same sentiment about variety and soon found a bunch of wild lettuce and radishes growing beside the opening to the camps winter cave. Shae was in on the search as well and before long found some liquorice root and giant parsley. As they ate their discoveries along with the elk meat from yesterday, the map was pulled out and examined. The first visit was to Cheetah territory. The island itself to be exact. On the map, Shae noticed a boat dock at the end of Border river as it emptied into the Emerald strait. Fifteen miles inland along the river was another abandoned camp. It would take three, maybe four days to reach that camp at a leisurely pace. The day was shaping up to be another warm one, as they decided to go jump in the river for a bit before leaving. They splashed around and wrestled, dunking each other, but it stopped there after Shae was dunked. As she came up for air, she was looking straight up, and saw a large bird flying overhead. A large bird that looked eerily and excitedly familiar. "Charval, Tynak, look!" She said and pointed. "Is that..." Charval stopped in borderline disbelief. "What i think it is?" Click here to read the rest of this story (235 more lines)
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