Nyla!” A deep, guttural voice yelled angrily in the distance. The sound sent birds scurrying from their perches in nearby trees and a spine tingling chill wrapping its cold grasp around the young woman. Nyla suppressed the scream that threatened to spill from her mouth. She began to run, she was now heading deeper into the forest, not even sure if she was heading the way the compass had directed. The sound of wings beating the air behind her filled her ears. They had found her and they would surely kill her and take her baby.
“No use in running Nyla!” The voice said again. “That child belongs to The Order!” she ignored the words of the creatures chasing her and willed herself to run faster. Nyla rounded a corner, momentarily losing sight of her pursuers. Sweat beaded on her pale forehead causing her brown curly hair to stick to it, her bare feet ached from being exposed to the ground for so long.
She looked around frantically for someplace to hide, her eyes landed on a thick bush nearby. Nyla ran to it and gently placed her baby down inside of the branches of the bush, being careful not to scratch the child’s tender ski
. Her hands shook as she pulled the thin, smooth fabric of the blanket over her baby. She leaned down and pressed a soft kiss to the child’s forehead.
“Someday, you will find out who you really are.” She whispered into the baby’s ear. “Someday, you will know the truth, but for now please know that I love you, and everything I have done has been for you.”
Nyla stood up straight and forced herself to turn away from the child, she fought back the tears that swelled in her eyes. She had promised to protect her baby from The Order at all costs, even if that meant she had to die doing it. Nyla pulled out a dagger she had concealed in her blue tattered dress and ran back the way she had come.
The frightened beating of Nyla’s heart seemed like it filled every inch of the once silent forest. She caught sight of her pursuers who were now heading towards her head on. She would fight for her child’s freedom at any cost. Nyla gripped the small dagger in her right hand as the reality set in that she was going up against The Order, the most powerful Fairies in the world.
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