Skyborn

"Skyborn, sweet Skyborn Here be lain in this human form Skyborn, you shall sing no more"

The Skyborn are creatures who fly through space, living among the above. When girl, a Skyborn girl, is pushed through a wormhole towards planet earth a tale of adventure is sure to unfold. With a tangle of memories and nightmares, revenge and belonging can she find out where she belongs

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9. Skyline - Chapter Eight

It was now or never. I slipped out of my bed. Put on Cynthia’s riding boots and pulled the satchels from underneath my bed. I slung them over my shoulder. I went downstairs. It was silent. It was dark too. I went into the kitchen. There was a closet where Tyrell keeps his hiking stuff. There would surely be a torch there. I searched in backpacks, until I finally found one. I put it in one of the satchels.

I went outside; quietly shutting the door behind me. I walked into the stables. The tack that I needed was there outside Skylar’s stall. I dropped the satchels and opened Skylar’s stall. I picked up the tack and closed the stall door behind me. Earlier that day I had taken the thickest horse blanket I could find and a saddle containing storage on Skylar’s tack peg. I had tied two horse blankets to the back of the saddle. I had also given him extra food and water.

“Hush boy” I said, to keep him calm, and quiet. He whinnied gently.

I put the blanket and saddle on him. Then I put the bridle on him. It was a pretty bridle, it was handmade and had little beads and feathers sewn onto it. I opened the stall door and lead Skylar out. I picked the satchels up and put them on myself, crossing over my body.

I was ready to leave.

I mounted Skylar.

“Let’s go” I said, patting his neck.

I dug my heels into his sides.

I pushed him forward into a trot.

Then I saw the kitchen door swing open.

Tyrell.

I pushed Skylar into a canter.

We raced past Tyrell.

I saw his eyes.

His pupils dilated with horror, betrayal.

We leapt over the farm gate and down the road towards the city.

I’m so sorry Tyrell.

I’m so very sorry.

We went at full speed until I was sure Tye could not follow us. He wouldn’t; he couldn’t leave Maia.

I slowed Skylar to a walk. He was tired and so was I.

“Good boy” I whispered, adrenaline still rushing through my veins.

I pulled the map out of my pocket. I opened it out. I saw then that it had the farm on it, the hiking shack and the city. It showed every path and road to the city. It showed roads in the city too. It even had the names for some shops.

I decided to follow a path that went adjacent to the main road, but it was hidden by lines of trees. I pulled Skylar off of the road and through the trees to the path. It was slightly overgrown, but manageable.

I decided we should ride through the night, so if Tye had followed us we would be far ahead already.

We trotted along the path at a steady pace. Skylar didn’t stop once. The night grew darker. The moon was above us. I looked up and saw that it was a mere slice. It was beautiful. The stars were visible too. Aris was right; they were magnificent.

I wiped a tear from the corner of my eye.

As the sun rose I stopped Skylar. I dismounted and took a handful of outs out of one of the compartments on the saddle.

“Here you go boy” I said, holding out my hand. He ate the grain quickly.

I got myself some food from the satchel. I ate half a bread roll, rationing the rest.

I looked at the map, and then I looked around for any landmarks suggesting how close we were. I saw an extremely tall pine tree. I looked on the map. There was a pine tree a lot larger than the rest on the map. That must be it.

I was closer than I thought. We had come about half way. I would be able to reach the city by nightfall, if we kept going all day. The quicker we got to the city; the harder I would be to find.

I decided we should at least try to get to the city as soon as possible. I mounted Skylar and we were off once more.

The sun started setting again. A fox ran across the path a few metres in front of us. Skylar continued to trot along the golden path; tinged by the low sun. Rays of orange light peeked through the trees. The sky turned lilac. The sun vanished. It was night time before I knew it.

I noticed Skylar slowing to a walk. I noticed the trees thinning out. I did not notice, however; the glowing city in front of us.

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