The Warriors of Javida
By Samyuktha Nair
Copyright 2012 Samyuktha Nair
Published by Notion Press at Smashwords
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Chapter 1: Sara’s Prophecy
Aaliyah trudged through the dry, rugged, deserted terrain that was her homeland. Jared, her companion, walked before her. Gritting her teeth, Aaliyah tried to catch up with Jared, who was irritatingly long-legged. She struggled against the strong wind that blew sand with annoying intensity into her brown eyes. The sun was setting. Aaliyah was slowly tiring, but she hid her fatigue. When Jared and Aaliyah finally reached the foot of the rocky hill, Jared offered Aaliyah his hand. Refusing his help, Aaliyah struggled up the steep hillside on her own. She did not require the help of a man. She was capable of scaling hills on her own. Jared smiled and shook his head, using his stick to support himself as he climbed up slowly. Aaliyah raced ahead to prove that she was faster than him. The fierce winds and the steep hills were but minor obstacles in her path. Jared saw Aaliyah trip and pull herself up several times in her quest to reach his hut before him.