Thursday, April 24, 2014

A to Z Challenge. CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE -- DESERT


             Four days of scorching heat, burning sand, and undulating air.  Four days of avoiding the ugsome companions she was forced to travel.  Only Garrick kept her safe, and she was grateful.

            It had been only the night before.  Esben had grabbed her arm and dragged her toward his tent.  Garrick ripped her away, ordered her to the tent, and had an all-out confrontation with Esben.  Today, the umbrage was palatable between the two men.  The silence made the long road even longer.

           Surprised that they stopped so early in the day, she looked to Garrick.  He had dismounted and pulled his horse into the umbriferous rocks.  She followed suit, studying the enormous formation of sharp, black stone.  In the sea of shifting umber sand, it rose like mountain.  Its shadow stretched far, giving them a retreat from the unrelenting heat.

           She sat on a relatively flat rock and took the time to fix the loose hair getting in her mouth.  When she went to grab the ribbon beside her, a hot gust of wind blew and pilfered it.  

            A hand gripped her arm as she made a move to capture it.  "Leave it."  

           Ruya started to protest but the steel expression halted her.  "I said leave it, princess."

            “Why have we stopped?” 
    
            Garrick gazed out over the horizon.  “We’re waiting for Ahriman.”

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            The shadows had marked the hours as they shifted direction.  A cold chill crawled across her body when a dark splotch appeared on the horizon.  She knew who approached.  Knots formed in her stomach as it churned.  Clammy sweat and a sour taste in her mouth had her forcing back a gag. 

            She was so close to it.  The pulsing beat drew near as Ahriman drew near.  

            She wanted to clutch her head, rip out her hair, and ululate until her throat was raw.  Only that would be untoward to show weakness here in the company of such men.

            No, she was stronger than that, but the ubiquitousness of that thing would test her resolve and will.  


©djinnia 2014

8 comments:

  1. Ugsome - best word ever. Worth making up if it wasn't already a word!
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

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    1. I know, isn't it? I just had to use it!

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  2. Wow--your use of "U" words is beyond impressive:) Love "undulating", it's not used nearly enough. Another fantastic chapter!

    WriterlySam
    Echoes of Olympus
    A to Z #TeamDamyanti

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    1. Thank you, Sam. I'm loving yours too!

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    1. Wel, there are more nail biting chapters to come! Hope you enjoy them!

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  4. Creepy approach of Ahriman. Looking forward to what happens next. :)

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