The Shores

It seems to Pearl that nothing she ever does it right. She is made fun of at school. But Pearl's world turns upside down and sideways when she meets a strange girl. The girl helps Pearl discover her past, present and destiny. Can Pearl discover what she was born to do--in time to save her kingdom?

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37. Battlefield

I scouted the fighting scene for a while, looking for someone to help. I only had Ciara's knife, so I couldn't help with the giant eel battle. I spotted Uncle with his spear, trying to find a weak spot in the eel's hide. Dad was there too. It seemed to me that the most threatening creature was the eel. But where was Kior? I assumed that he would put up a fight too.

My thoughts were caught off when I saw Abiha. She was laid up against a big rock, with a creature's sword at her throat. I thought quickly. I scooped down and grabbed some arrows from a fellen Shore. I threaded a arrow in to Jade, and shot the creature's leathery skin. It was one of those indescribable creatures, where you forget what they look like immedently when you look away.

The creature fell away from Abitha, the arrow sprouting from it's back. Abitha looked at me, with a thankful look on her face. But then that look turned to sheer horror, and it wasn't until she found her voice did I turn around and see a dagger being plundered through the air toward my head. I had only a half of a milisecond to react. I dodged the dagger (which was being held by another indescribable) but it got my shoulder instead of my head.

As the pain spread from my shoulder to my chest and down my body, I fell to the ground on my side. My bad shoulder was facing up. My world went sideways and blurry. I glanced up, as I saw the knife come down again, but then falter. The hand that was holding the dagger released it's grip, and it crashed t the ground beside me. The indescribable fell too. I knew then that Abitha had killed it.

I returned my gaze to just straight ahead, the fuzzy world rushing like water before my eyes. The pain from my collarbone was so great, that I didn't feel it. It was just not humanly possible. It's like dogs can hear things humans can't. Maybe dogs an feel pain like this when humans can't.

Feet with shoes on them and ankles leveled theirselves with my eyes. But then they weren't feet, they were merely blurs of color against the black world. Then the colors faded, and so did the world.
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