By Michael DeAngelo

Copyright 2014 Michael DeAngelo

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Chapter One: The Day I Die

Leaves crunched beneath her feet as she sprinted forth, weaving around tall, sturdy trees. An agonized cry far behind her lent itself to that terrible cacophony. High above, a haze obscured the sun, leaving the forest eerily dismal.

Venathryn braced herself against a tree trunk, steadying her breaths. The terse, deep voices of those in pursuit stole that brief respite from her. She clasped her hand over her lips and looked to the sky for some measure of hope.

A slow approach resounded in the leaves behind her. A series of low grunts could just be heard between each step.

The elf let her hand slide toward her hip, where the hilt of a dagger waited for her. A subtle scrape announced the blade’s escape from the cover.

She let a silent, hollow sigh fly from her lips and bowed her head. A pivot around the tree showed her pursuer. The goblin stood nearly as tall as she, yet its broad body reminded her more of a dwarf. His pale-green skin would have blended well with the forest earlier in the year.

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