War Heart

"Now wait a second," Alex grumbles still half asleep. Dylan stops speaking so Alex can continue.
"I missed the first part. So there are all these girls and they are trying to do what exactly?" He questions. I sigh, it pays to pay attention.
"There are only 4 girls, Nala the red headed bandit, Kara the fighter, black hair comes from Kilren where there are orange dyes, Ali the sword expert who was Dylan's best friend and Bella the leader with the unique ability to order people things and they have to do it. The four of them are trying to defeat Riley and his mutants because he somehow built a mind control system," I sum up for him. He takes in the information and slowly nods.
"So the red head, the fighter, the sword expert and the leader are going up against a vampire with a wicked talent to cause trouble," Alex shortens my summary. I frown at him.


4. Chapter 1 (Bella)

The sun bursts through the tree tops fiercely. The trees stand proudly as if they're guarding the forest. The four of us stand in a circle.
"We need to get to the closest town soon which happens to be Salin. I want to be there by tonight,” I announce assessing my companions around me. Ali, of average height, stands quietly, hiding behind her light brown hair. Kara, bold and brave stands with her amber eyes and black hair. With her hands on her hips she stares at me angrily, not willing to believe I'm right. Nala, who wears her bandit clothes proudly, stands disapprovingly ,her red hair blowing in the breeze. 
“Who put you in charge,” Kara asks and I glare at her letting the power enter my gaze.
“I did,” I retort and she physically flinches but says no more. Ruthless as I am I think back over my past, which I rarely do. A man, who took me in as a young adult and acted as a parent, friend and love. I shake my head, I never loved him. Never.
“We’ll have to walk for now but I can get us some horses when we get there,” I continue bringing myself back to the present. The present. The present is that I have gathered 3 other girls to help me get rid of the man who took me in.
“Sounds good to me,” Nala says and I frown. It's not like her to agree with me. Something must be on her mind.
“Yeah really walking won’t do us any harm, right,” Ali says to break the tension. I watch Nala closely but she reveals nothing. We walk on in silence for paces. As soon as we're within seeing distance of the town I break the silence.
“When we reach the town I’m going to stop at a place called THE BANK OF M.A.E.D. Then we can stop at Ari’s, she’ll give us horses. I’m only taking Kara to the bank,” I tell them confidently. Immediately I see the frowns arrive.
“Why does she get to go?” Nala questions and I refrain from injuring her before our quest really starts. Truthfully I chose Kara because she's intimidating enough to get us around but yet not threatening enough to get us in trouble.
"I know these people and they will be suspicious if we all go," I explain," Feel free to buy anything you think we'll need." I began to walk the opposite direction and glance back to find Kara following. We walk into a tall building with painted windows. The craftsmanship is amazing but I know it was all stolen. This is a town of thieves. The ceiling raises up above our heads as we enter the building. The lady at the front desk is short and has dark hair.
"Hello, welcome, how may I help you," the lady says without looking up. As soon as I hear her snotty voice my attention span snaps.
"Margret, I'm going to need all the money in my account," I tell her, careful not to use the power in my voice. She finally looks up and a sly look crosses her face. But I also note some fear too.
"Bella! I knew you'd come but why so soon," Margaret exclaims as she places her hand on her sword handle. Kara's hand immediately goes to her own sword and she prepares for the order to fight.
"You're stalling. Stop waiting for backup and get your hand off your sword," I order without changing my tone. I let the power enter my voice and I feel her brain struggle to avoid me. Margaret physically fights the urge to do what I said but the effort is too much and she gives in. Kara's hand relaxes.
"It's all in the wooden box over there," Margaret says softly pointing to a small box in the corner of the room. I walk over and open the box. I unhook a pouch from my belt and place all the coins in it.
"Come on," I mutter to Kara and we walk out. I spot Nala's red hair first then I notice Ali beside her.
"You all stay here. I'm going to get some horses," I tell them when they are within hearing distance.
           When I get to the stable I notice a golden stallion with brown eyes immediately. Beside the stallion stands a cream colored mare with deep brown stockings, muzzle, ears, mane and tail. A pitch black mare stands with her ears back at a dark red stallion.
"Ya interested in buyin' them?" Ari's voice drifts from behind me. I whirl around and then scold myself for not noticing her before.
"I'll pay 2 gold coins for each of them," I tell her knowing it was a good price.
"Alrighty then," Ari answers and I sigh. Sometimes things are way too easy. I pay, then lead the horses by the reins attached to the halters that came with them. On the one side of Nala stands black haired Kara and on the other side stands pale brown haired Ali. I also notice 2 men standing next to them. I ground tie the horses and walk over to see what the fuss is about.
"What's going on?" I ask once I  hear the arguing. I watch as Nala draws her sword and the men do the same.
"Step away, woman your not qualified to be in this area," the taller man tells her. The shorter man with a red beard laughs. I throw him a cautious glare but he ignores me. A crowd gathers around Nala and the two men.
"Excuse me?" Nala retorts and her voice betrays her confidence of her being a bandit. It's clear she's proud of where she comes from.
"I said, go away," the man growls stepping closer. 
"I'm sorry but I think you've made a mistake," Nala tells them. She tosses her sword high into the air.
"Your not going to use it?" The taller man questions idiotically. Nala tilts her head to the side and pretends to be thoughtful. She holds her left hand behind her back. The sword drops right into her hand and with a flash it's pointed at the man's neck. Blood runs down his neck and I can't help but be proud of her. The bearded man slowly moves behind her.
"You think we should help her?" Kara mutters to Ali and I shake my head no. She got herself into this mess she can get herself out of it.
"Nah, she can handle herself," Ali replies. The bearded man lunges at Nala.
"Your louder than the rain in a hurricane," She snaps spinning around to face the bearded man. The taller man takes that moment to stab Nala in the side. She falls to the ground on her knees and I realize that I'll have to intervene otherwise Nala might not be stay with us.
"As you can see this is what happens when you don't listen to the rules," the taller man announces as he turns his back to Nala's crumpled body. 
"I'll go instead of her," I volunteer myself, fully knowing what's coming. The bearded man roughly grabs my arm and drags me over to a post covered in spikes. He forces me to sit as he ties my hands to the back of the post. A man beside Ali gasps. I look over at his bright blond hair that hangs in his face. He turns to her, his teal eyes searching hers for a second. Ali takes a breath of slight annoyance.
"She'll be ok," I hear Ali tell him reassuringly. The bearded man leans down in my face and I return his glare.
"After we're done with you, you'll be wishin' your friend was the one here," he growls and I really want to wipe the stupid grin off his face. But I won't give him that satisfaction. I raise an eyebrow at him, amused.
"I'm a little tougher than I look," I retort holding the back the power in my voice that I could use.
"She is to be hanged for her crime tomorrow at noon," the tall man tells the crowd, his voice projecting loudly. I signal for the others to take Nala and leave. They listen and I watch as they raced away with the horses I'd just bought.
               Darkness falls and with it brings frigid coldness and cramped hands. I  breathe out heavily, the position I'm in is terribly uncomfortable but I've been through worse. I peer through the black night, trying to distract myself from the fact that blood is running off my hands from my attempts at escape. My breath makes a white cloud in the night air and I shiver as the spikes dig into my back. I lower her head and stare blankly at the gravel I'm sitting on. Footsteps crunch softly and my head shot up. My eyes widen in alertness, I know what dangers darkness can bring. Especially being of the rank I am. A dark figure steps closer and I thoroughly wish I could reach my  sword or at least one of my daggers. 
"Need some help there?" The figure questions. I frown as he steps closer. I stretch my hand farther, still only a few inches short of reaching a dagger. The man's teal eyes sparkle as he comes up to me. He kneels down so his face is level with mine and I watch in confusion as he pulls out my dagger.
"You made a bad choice today. A beautiful lady like you won't look good hanging from a rope. I've watched them hang females before, it ain't a pretty sight," he mutters to me as he uses my dagger to cut the ropes that bind my hands.
"Why are you helping me?" I ask in a whisper. He pauses a second and looks me in the eye in a way that stops my heart for a few seconds. I hold his gaze though, waiting for an answer. He doesn't answer and instead he rips the rest of the rope.
"This way," he murmurs as he hands my dagger back. I follow him around a corner and practically run into a woman who seemed to be have been waiting for us. I swallow hard. The penalty for being caught outside after dark is even worse than being tied to a spiked post for the night.
"You're out late again Dylan," she scolds. Her dark hair is shoulder length and her dark blue eyes are almost the same shade as mine. She seems protecting of the man but I can't figure out why.
"You'll keep quiet about it won't you Kate," the man urges. I sigh, I need to get out of here and the woman, Kate doesn't seem to want us to leave.
"Leave us alone," I order. Kate lowers her head and walks off. I nod in thanks to the man and sprint in the direction of the others.

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