|Aaron Triology Book One
Author: Elete12 PM
Aaron has convinced his village to follow him out of Crescent Valley Sound Familai to escape the dragons. But when Aaron meets another dragon, Valducane, Can he keep peace?Rated: Fiction T - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,414 - Reviews: 2 - Updated: 05-30-12 - Published: 04-24-12 - id: 8055166
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Hello all just recently made this acount and started this book a few days ago tell me what you think and guess and where the insperation came from :P
Chapter 1: The Migration
The hard and dry soil gave way with a crunch beneath Aaron's feet. The barren and dead landscape spread out before him. The caravan behind him made its way in a slow, snaking path as to avoid the cracks in the ground.
It had been only two months since Aaron and his village was attacked and ransacked by a raid of dragons. Since then Aaron convinced the few remaining men and women to accompany him out of the Crescent Valley. Where they would go the villagers and Aaron had not known, but any life away from the malicious dragons and their hives would promise to be a better life. Now Aaron looks back with a wavering determination; he had not anticipated the long track to escape the fire breathing lizards that plagued his lands. Today, though, marked the longest period with no sightings since they left Crescent Valley.
Alex joined him from the rear of the convoy, looking out over the barren land scape he remarked, "No wonder the dragons have forsaken this land, there is hardly anything worth looking at out here. The rains must have left this place long ago."
"Aren't you supposed to be keeping guard at the rear of the convoy?" Aaron asking in return.
"I got Barden to cover for me for a while; he'll do anything for some extra food!" explained Alex, "Anyways, when will we stop and settle down again? The food won't last us through another winter."
"In due time we should be able to stop once we are out of the waste land"
"But that could take weeks and the growing season has already started! We need to stop now or else we are going to starve to death!" Alex argued.
Aaron looked back at the boy. He could not help noticing his blond hair and blue eyes in stark contrast to the rest of his body. His dark skin made the colors stand out even more. His head was small compared to his broad shoulders and large chest while his legs were muscular little stumps that disguised his ability to run at a lightning fast speed. He carried a spear and a round shield with him as he used the rock next to him as a seat as he stared back intently.
"Alright Alex tell me do you see any grass here for our cattle to graze? Do you see any river from which to drink? No? Well tell me then how are we going to stop and settle down if we can't even have the simplest things? We can't that's how, so if I were you I would stop this complaining cause there is nothing we can do other than go back to Crescent Valley and be ransacked by the dragons until we cease to exist."
Alex assumed a shocked expression. "Are you feeling alright? I haven't heard you talk like that to anyone unless you were livid."
"Just fine look sorry I lost my temper I haven't been sleeping lately."
"The dreams again?"
"Yes" replied Aaron
"Look I can take the first watch tonight you get some rest"
Grunting from the effort Aaron stood and turned to Alex "I appreciate it but no, I can't just let you take over my duties one by one I will find time to rest later. Besides Caroline would throw a fit if you weren't with her during the night, she doesn't sleep well as is."
"Alright but the offer still stands. Did you hear the news about the war?"
"No, what is it?"
"Well the elves and humans have made peace but the dragons have refused the offers of the humans and don't seem to be will to talk to us either."
"Good." The humans and elves have been at war for 200 years and only recently have peace talks started, for them to advance this quickly was almost unheard of. The dragons have been at war with humans ever since the great slaughter at El Alhegail when a group of some five hundred human soldiers stumbled onto a nest of dragon eggs, and, not knowing what they were, stole the lot of them and returned to El Alhegail where they were stationed at. When the dragon who made the nest returned she became infuriated and called to her brethren. Then they marched on the city of El Alhegail and not only retrieved the eggs but slaughtered the civilians. When the humans found out about this they ignored differences and marched upon the hive located near the city and killed all but three dragons, who quickly spread the word, and soon war was declared between the two factions. The elves being close allies to the dragons then declared war on the humans.
Staring at the landscape Aaron glanced back at Alex and said, "We should get back it looks like we have a few more days before we reach the end of the plain."
The two then set out for the train of wagons to report the findings and to make camp for the rest of the night.
Chapter 2: Civilization
The sun broke over the snow covered mountains early in the morning arousing the refugees from their sleep. The few who were already awake had begun to pack for another day of their forced march through the lands between them and freedom from the monstrous dragons that threatened their very existence. The foot hills that lay at the very edge of their vision promised safety and shelter from the relentless sun that beat down upon their backs. Their water storage was running low, they needed water for their livestock and themselves before the next two days passed or the men, women, and children would find themselves in a difficult position.
Alex rose from his bed role next to his sister Carline who was no older than seven. He took a moment to remind himself why he left. His parents were killed in the last raid the dragons had on his old village. He could still see their blank eyes as they stared back at him through the lens of death; their body slayed side by side as a result from the effort to protect each other from the beast that struck them down. His sister had wept for days after the burial and only recently has she come out of her depression. He still worried about her and often went hungry at night just to give her extra food and even though times were tough he knew this was the right choice to run away from the land that has caused them the sorrow and loss they now endure.
He jumped as a soft hand touched him, and looking down he saw his sister awake on the ground next to him. Her almond eyes full of sorrow stared into his soul, her curly black hair fell to the base of her neck. "Don't go yet."
The statement shocked Alex for it was the first time in years she spoke directly to him. He took her had bent over and kissed it, "Never sha'll I leave you." he replied.
He got to his feet rolled up his sleeping pad and walked over to a fire where stew was being warmed for breakfast. "Good morning!" a cheerful old man beside him said.
"Mornin' Edric. What's with the cheery mood this morning?"
"Didn't you hear? The sentries last night saw a village just at the border of this very plain!"
A village! All the way out here? Must not be the only people who sought refuge from the dragons, maybe we can join them.
Alex's joy was short lived as it was morning and a lot of work was to be done if they were to make it to the village before night fall. Thoughts of meeting other people frightened Alex, he wasn't the most social kid and he had grown up with all the people around him. Finally the provisions were organized and the remnants of the village set out once more for the unknown.