Terra - Chapter 3"Hey, Mason.""Yeah?" he said, turning from what he was doing."Seriously, I'm not cold. You don't have to do that."He stared down at his hands. For about fifteen minutes, he'd been trying to light a fire. There was a tree stump that stuck out of the hard-packed earth, and Mason was trying to use it as fuel. But no such luck."You say that now," he began with a lighthearted laugh, "but wait until night falls. It may be warmer down in here, but you'll still freeze.""We're staying till nightfall?" I asked."Yeah. If we don't get hungry, I might even suggest spending the night here.""Ugh. I haven't eaten all day!""Ha-ha." Mason chuckled. He paused for a second. "Terra… look, I know it's kind of weird that you don't know me, but I know a safe place for you to live. You can't live in this town anymore, anyway. The guards will be after you forever.But the place I know… there's food, and it's a great home, and you won't ever suffer again."Sounded vaguely familiar. Which bo
Terra - Chapter 2Rodan ruthlessly shoved me into a jail cell. My cell was the only one in the small room. Nothing was in there with me but a dirt floor and a row of miniscule windows that were five feet off the ground. Under my clothes, my leg was bleeding. When Rodan pushed me down, my concealed knife had grazed my skin. Why the guards hadn't searched me for weapons was still a mystery to me, but I was partially grateful for the knife still being on my body."Wretched creature." Rodan spat at me. "The old mayor was a kind man who never sought to harm a fly. Mr. Carter made this town heaven. Now the new mayor makes it a hell. This is your fault, your doing. Tomorrow morning you will be hanged until dead. Good luck sleeping on that, Terra."And then he left the room, locking the thick door behind him.I sat in the middle of the chamber, amazed by how drastically my life had changed in such a short amount of time. This morning, I was making off with my meal of the day. Then the guards informed me that I'
Terra - Chapter 1Dashing down the street, I nearly ran into a scraggly, old cat and I had to leap over the hissing animal. The muddy thing followed me as my bare feet tore down the cobblestone road, probably because it wanted some of if not all of the piping-hot loaf of bread I was hugging to my chest. My mind temporarily drifted off of the cat. It was only a matter of time before I would twist my ankle, or slice my foot on the stones, or get caught. Or all three. An increasing cloud of fear tingled in my stomach and repeatedly warned me of the danger that I was in.Quickly weaving my way through a crowd of people, I managed to lose the cat. I ducked, jumped, and pushed my way through. Only a matter of time. Only a matter of time. Soon my time would be up, and I would pay the consequences. Even while I was running, I could hear the thundering steps beating on the stones. Please, not today. I prayed, though to whom, I didn't know. All that I knew was that if I didn't find some cover soon, I'd suff