Iraella and Baeddan (title to be changed) Chapter the Tenth

Fiction By Erin // 4/28/2009

Chapter the Tenth

After walking off of her street, Iraella pulled out her map. She studied it closely and realized for the first time that she did not know the lay of her homeland very well. She traced the Perillora River with her finger, and then looked for the closest wilderness. There was an unnamed forest nineteen miles from where she stood. It appeared to be west, towards the town of Neygren. “Unnamed, eh?” Iraella said aloud. “Sounds like where Darks might be.”
Iraella looked at the path on the map. She then realized that she must cross a lake. She winced, wondering how she would get a boat. Iraella sighed, mentally reminding herself to try and stay positive. She started west onto the dirt path and continued to go straight even when the path veered. She swallowed when she passed the path and walked through the trees, discovering that the path on the map did not lead directly to Neygren as she had anticipated.
Iraella thought about stopping, but instead took a deep breath and continued on. Long, untrimmed grass tickled her ankles above her slippers, making her bounce forward to get to the shady area faster. Iraella traveled this way for several more strides before slowing back down to a walk through a copse of trees.
Iraella was surrounded by Cheriun trees with their dark, crisp, evergreen leaves. Also around her were the beautiful Freiba bushes. Its stunningly white leaves covered nearly all of its bright green leaves during April, Iraella’s favorite month of the year. Niaequeins prided themselves in their brilliant bushes, and refused to sell them to any place outside of the country.
However, Iraella hardly was able to enjoy the scenery due to her intent focus on following the exact path on the map. She went and moved her feet in every little unesscesary curve and waver on the path, for she did not want to go the wrong way and not find exactly where she was.
She stepped out of the copse and found a bright sun in her eyes. Iraella reluctantly took one hand off of the map to shield her eyes and walked back out onto the grass. This time she ignored the irritating itchiness it made on her ankle.
Iraella only relaxed enough to look up once, and she saw a brilliant green field that made her smile momentarily, and then left her with a pang of guilt. “Baeddan would love this,” she thought, instantly looking back to her map.
She walked for what seemed like hours before she finally reached the edge of Neygren. “At last,” Iraella mumbled under her breath. She picked up her speed a bit and hurried over to the bustling streets of the lakeside town.
When Iraella stepped onto the streets, she saw street performers, all dressed in rags and all but one with dusty faces. Guiltily intrigued, Iraella put her map back in her bag and made her way over to watch a performer with a few others. This boy was the one with a clean face, and up close he looked like he was only about sixteen. Iraella studied him closely. His eyes were the most ocean-like blue and his face was so pale it was nearly white.
He reached into a bucket of water as if to scoop some up, but instead the water followed his fingertips in a bubble. Iraella gasped and her eyes grew wide as she watched the man work through the water with his fingers. He cooed to it and felt through it lovingly; as if it were his dog and he were scratching it behind its ears.
Other audience members were “oohing and ahhing” while Iraella remained silence in her surprise. This boy was water tamer. He pulled more water out of the bucket without even touching it and made a bubble around him. He grinned, and showed everyone that he could breathe inside the bubble. Iraella’s eyes grew wider. He could get her across the lake. The Water Tamer dropped the water off of him with a flick of his fingers and bowed. “Tha ‘tis all, my dear friends, for Mabon the magnificent!” he called out with a thick Bellordian accent. Bellord was a small isle just bordering Niaequei.
Everyone in the audience clapped and dropped in a few coins. And when the rest of the audience left, Iraella remained. “Does you have no money, girl?” he asked as he pulled up the water and sloshed it into the wooden bucket.
Still awestruck, Iraella hesitantly shook her head. “Ah. Where are your parents? You look too young to be on your own,” Mabon said.
Iraella furrowed her brow. “So do you!” she shot back defensively. Mabon threw his hands up in surrender and laughed. “Calm down, girl. My age is none of your business,” he said.
Iraella peered at him, hands on hips. “Will you take me through the lake?” she asked suddenly. Mabon laughed and ran one thin hand through his dark brown hair. “No! Not without any money. Take a boat, they are on the other side of town,” he said. Iraella glared at him as she asked “How much do they cost?”
Mabon stopped laughing. “Stowaway on one, for all I care. But I do no' give free water rides,” he folded his arms stubbornly and nodded for no reason.
Iraella’s hands curled into fists. “Fine. Which direction are the boats?” she asked. “They are on the other side of town, southward,” Mabon told her, pointing in the direction where they were.
Iraella nodded. “Thank you,” she said reluctantly. Mabon nodded and stepped back as Iraella walked away, only with the slightest feeling of guilt that he had just sent a young girl to stowaway on a ship. That was never a good idea in Neygren.

Comments

Water Tamer...hmm, that's

Water Tamer...hmm, that's kinda cool!!
Can't wait to read more!!
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
"Sing as if no one is listening;
Dance like no one is watching;
Live as if you will die tomorrow;
Love like it will never hurt."
-Old Irish Saying

Clare Marie | Tue, 04/28/2009

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

I'm liking this. Water

I'm liking this. Water tamer, cool. I like the idea. It's all very interesting.

"Here are the beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." C.S.Lewis

airlia | Wed, 04/29/2009

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived."
General George S. Patton

I didn't even see that you

I didn't even see that you had posted another chapter until I went to the comments board! Mabon reminds me of a guy I know. Is he going to be an important character? I hope so!

"Oh lovely snowball, packed with care
Smack a head that's unaware.
Then with freezing ice to spare
Melt and soak through underwear!
Fly straight and true, hit hard and square.
This, oh snowball, is my prayer." - Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes

Bridget | Wed, 04/29/2009

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

Hm, now what is going to

Hm, now what is going to happen? She going to get discovered and thrown overboard?? :o

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Gold in its natural state is but dull, unornamental stuff and only lowboard metals excite the admiration of the ignorant with its ostentatious glitter. However like the rest of the world I go on underestimating men of gold and glorifying men of mica." ~Mark Twain

Sarah | Wed, 04/29/2009

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

Blogging away!
busyscribbler.wordpress.com

Thanks everyone =) Will she,

Thanks everyone =) Will she, or will she not????
And I'm not telling, Bridget!!!

-Erin (One who obsessively watches American Idol).....(Love you Adam!).....(Allison and Danny are cool too).....READ THE QUOTE, IT'S AWESOME! Lol....

"I'm like your boy next door who decided that he wanted to be a rebel one day. So.. I'm a nice rebel."-Adam Lambert

Erin | Wed, 04/29/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

It's EXTREMELY cool. :) Wish

It's EXTREMELY cool. :) Wish I had though of it.
*************************************************
I'm lost. I've gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, please tell me to wait.

Anna | Thu, 04/30/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Thank you! I thought that

Thank you! I thought that very often when I read Brey and SOL.

-Erin (One who obsessively watches American Idol).....(Love you Adam!).....(Allison and Danny are cool too).....READ THE QUOTE, IT'S AWESOME! Lol....

"I'm like your boy next door who decided that he wanted to be a rebel one day. So.. I'm a nice rebel." -Adam Lambert

Erin | Thu, 04/30/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Thank you! Finally, I beat

Thank you! Finally, I beat you to an idea!!! *Victorious music.

-Erin (One who obsessively watches American Idol).....(Love you Adam!).....(Allison and Danny are cool too).....READ THE QUOTE, IT'S AWESOME! Lol....

"I'm like your boy next door who decided that he wanted to be a rebel one day. So.. I'm a nice rebel." -Adam Lambert

Erin | Thu, 04/30/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Navigation

User login

Please read this before creating a new account.