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Nightmare: Chapter 11

Published by • Jan 21st, 2010 • Category: Fiction, Loft Book Club Favorites

by Findabhair Blacksgote, age 14

The five of them marched out of the village in the still of pre-dawn. They had decided the less people knew about Ava the better. Fiala had quickly corrected the others on the Nightmare’s identity, to much rolling of eyes on the part of the men.

“Just ignore them, Ava. They’re all like that. Don’t take it personally,” Fiala advised. Ava simply snuffled her shoulder to see if there were any treats to be found and ignored Fiala’s wisdom.

Fiala’s boots made no noise on contact with the dirt road; it felt firm and soft under her feet. The summer air filled her lungs, scented with wildflowers and alpine wind. She hummed softly while the adults talked, wondering what Stargate would be like. She had never been out of her village, except to roam the mountains and wilderness.

At midday they stopped for a quick lunch by the side of the road. Fiala fed Ava one of the horse treats she had packed, and judging by Ava’s delighted crunchings and snorts, they were well appreciated. After that they traveled non-stop until it was dusk.

Fiala watched with amusement as the adults hastily gathered wood for a fire as the dark seeped around them. For all their seemingly invincible demanor, they were very afraid of a bit of dark.

She lay back against the trunk of a tree and peered up at the stars through the branches. She decided she liked adventures, so long as there wasn’t any danger involved.

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Editor’s Note: Nightmare was first published at GHC in the former Loft Book Club, and was a finalist in our monthly Judge for Yourself competition in January 2007.