The Girl With The Bow
Book One in the Nyla Series
(C) 2013, 2016 Adam Cole
Published by Nuncici Press, an imprint of Adam Cole Works LLC
Sherluck’s eyes narrowed. “I don’t need your help,” he said quickly. “And I can’t help you either. You have to get out of here.”
“Chere told us everything!”
For the first time, Sherluck looked genuinely surprised. He regained his poise fairly quickly. “So you’ve met her, have you? What do you mean, she told you ‘everything?’”
“She told us about the potion!” Nyla said, coming up now.
“What business is that of yours?” snapped Sherluck.
“We can help you get it!”
“No you can’t. You don’t even know…”
“The Overreacher is defeated!”
Sherluck’s polished poise vanished. “Defeated…” Then his face contorted in a genuine expression of pain mixed with mistrust. “I don’t believe you,” he growled. “Chere told you that to…”
“No, it’s true!” Nyla protested, grabbing Sherluck’s hand.
Sherluck, held captive by the young girl, looked down at her sidewise. He was not entirely mollified. “Prove it,” he said.
“Ask the talking sword!” she said.
Sherluck blinked. Then he laughed. “Do you think I’m as stupid as…”
“Pull it out!” Nyla cried to Vival, grabbing him by the arm. “Pull Tom out and show him.”
Slowly, Vival unsheathed the sword. He held it up to Sherluck, who regarded it with a new interest.
“Say something, Tom!” Nyla said to the sword.
“Pleased to make your acquaintance!” Tom said cordially. “I am Tom the Incredibly Lucky Sword! I was forged in—“
“You got this from under the mountain…” Sherluck interrupted, looking Vival steadily in the eye.
Vival nodded. “I came to defeat the Overreacher. I released the Lich. They were still battling when the girl and I escaped.”
“So there’s a chance he’s gone…” Sherluck said, rubbing his chin. “Let me see that sword,” he said to Vival.
Vival complied. Sherluck knelt in the dirt and looked at the sword closely in the sunlight. At that point, Nyla and Vival noticed some delicate lettering on the blade that they had not seen there before.
“What does that say?” she asked.
Sherluck, mesmerized by the sword in the sun, did not answer her.
“Yes?” came the voice of the sword. Sherluck, a little discomfited by the voice, held the sword a little away from him.
“What is that writing on your blade?”
“I’m sure he’s not aware of it,” said Sherluck. “The words weren’t meant for him.”
“Can you read them?”
“No,” Sherluck admitted. “Or…I could, if I had the right book. I’m dying to know what it says.”
“Hey, I distinctly don’t like being read!” Tom exclaimed.
Sherluck smiled. “You have a lot of attitude for a Sword.”
“I prefer to be called a person of metal,” Tom said.
“An enchanted sword…” Sherluck said absently, thinking to himself. “I bet there’s more where this came from. And if the Overreacher is gone…” Sherluck clicked his tongue. “You see…” he said confidentially, lowering his voice and his head a little, “The Goon controls everything that comes and goes on this island. He had an arrangement with the Overreacher. He kept people out of Port Foleo and the Overreacher let him use the island. Besides that, they don’t meddle in each others’ affairs. But if the Overreacher is gone…”
An arrow magically appeared by Nyla’s head, embedded in the wood of the fort.
Sherluck’s eyes widened. “Good Grock!” he said. “It’s him!”
“Who?” Nyla demanded, looking at the arrow as if that was who Sherluck was talking about.
“The Goon!” cried Sherluck. “He’s spotted us.”
Another arrow appeared, this one even closer to Vival’s head.
More about The Girl With The Bow
When Vival, Knight of the Fittest, risked his life to rescue the princess from Veer Isle, he never thought he’d be the one who needed to be rescued. And to make matters worse, the girl he was helping didn’t want to leave! The first book in the Nyla series introduces Vival, Knight of the Fittest, Tom the Incredibly Helpful Sword, two mysterious island dwellers named Cher and Sherluck, and Nyla, the mysterious girl with the bow.
Adam Cole is an author and music educator in Atlanta, GA. He has written numerous books and stories for children, as well as a number of adult and non-fiction titles including The Speed of Darkness and Seven Ways the World Can End.
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