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Nightmare: Chapter 17

Published by • Jan 24th, 2010 • Category: Fiction, Loft Book Club Favorites

by Findabhair Blacksgote, age 14

Not really to Fiala’s surprise, Professor Neron proved to be extremely adept at storming up and down the rolling hills on their way to the Kaialarnii mountains, and talking all the way, at that. When he was lecturing about this plant or that, the way various elements of nature worked, how trees grew, or the life cycle of fish, Fiala paid attention. Soon he began on more boring subjects, such as the ancient history of Stargate, and Fiala allowed herself to slide into a half-conscious doze; the rhythm of her feet was the only thing keeping her from actually beginning to snore.

After three days of hard walking, they reached the foothills of the Kaialarnii mountains. Fiala stared up at them and sighed. She had brought up the subject of someone (specifically, her) riding Ava and getting there faster, but it had been squashed by the others, saying that falling and breaking her neck would be worse than a few extra days of walking.

Fiala continued to ride Ava around the camp after they had settled for the evening, half to be rebellious and half because she didn’t have many opportunities at home to ride, so Ava was doubly special for being ride-able and for being a winged horse. Fiala trotted impudently around the camp, getting in the way as much as possible before squeezing Ava’s sides and alighting into the air.

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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.