Journey of the Star Bearer

The story of a girl and her fight to save her people and what she believes in.

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4. The Other One

BANG! THE WALL CRUMBLED AND FELL DOWN. On the other side stood a Hunter, high up on his horse. He sat with a smirk on his face as if he knew something I didn't. I leapt up onto Franchisee with my Master behind me, hastily whipping the tears from my face so as not to show weakness. The horse was a black mare, a beautiful creature that had huge red scratches all over its rump form some kind of whipping. It was obviously in pain, treated cruelly but the Hunter didn’t care.

  “Hello, Star Bearer,” jeered the Hunter “Looking for something.”

  Holding the Key high, he laughed, sending tremors of anger rushing through me. As I sat there, I felt the power surging through me but I kept it low down. I shifted a small amount of the power to my fingertips, glad to have this control once more. A shot bolted out, caught the Key and returned with it. The other horse reared up, trying to help us it seemed, its owner fell off and then sat there as the horse galloped over to my master. Then I realised.

  “Come on, Georgia,” my Master breathed “Time to go home.”

  It was my Master’s horse! I had the Key. We both had our horse. We could make it home and save the planet today! The Hunter sat up. I saw the anger in his eyes and knew he wouldn’t let it go easily.

  “You won’t get away with this.” He said, clenching his teeth “Master, they have it!”

  Wait, Master? A bolt of lightning shot out the sky, hit the Key and the Key disappeared. Before either I or my Master could say or do anything, the Hunter vanished in a clap of thunder. At first I was confused but then I realized. I wasn’t the only one who could control the storm. What had just happened? It wasn’t fair and the Hunter knew that. He looked at me with a glint in his eye before he had disappeared; for now, anyway.

  Georgia seemed keen to get going as did Franchisee so all too soon we were on the road and riding through the eerily silent night. Even so, the stars twinkled giving us hope as we thought of friends and relations, but reminding us of what, and who, was at risk. The snow sparkled, scattered in layers, covering the trees all around us, its beauty sending the cold through the air and I shivered. We rode in silence for hours on end, going nowhere in particular, just away from that house. We rode on and on and, as the night turned to day, still we rode on till we could ride no more. Stopping by a stream so the horses could drink, my master finally said something.

“Kara,” he whispered, hoarsely “It’s time you learnt to use your powers.”

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