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
“Come on!” Sherluck cried. “That archer is not going to miss again!”
They ducked down low and began running. Arrows whistled past them now like angry bees. One of them grazed Nyla so close she could feel a breeze by her and she screamed. Vival grabbed her by the arm and pulled her faster.
But Sherluck seemed to know where to go. He jumped down into the ditch where the little stream plummeted over the precipice.
“Why is he chasing us?” Nyla screamed.
“Because you’re with me!” Sherluck called over his shoulder.
“What’s wrong with you?” Vival wanted to know.
“Let’s just say I made a bad call.”
From inside the ditch, they were out of the line of sight of the archers. Sheruck did not look comforted. He kept his back to the wall of the gully. “We can’t stay here,” he said.
As if to prove his point, three massive men with swords appeared by the bridge. Snarling, they pointed with their weapons down into the gully and gestured at what must have been any number of people behind them.
When Vival and Nyla turned, they saw no trace of Sherluck.
“Where did he go?” Vival shouted.
“I don’t know!” Nyla said. “I didn’t see.”
“Over the brink,” said Tom the Sword.
“Are you kidding?” demanded Vival.
“Do what he says,” Nyla shouted back.
So, grunting, Vival picked Nyla up under his arm and took off towards the edge where the stream dropped suddenly into the vast vegetation below. The three heavily muscled men were quickly finding their footing down the side of the gully, and a number of archers had indeed appeared at the bridge. They took quick aim.
But Vival had seen something. Leaping over the edge, taking Nyla’s scream with him, Vival landed securely on a bank below. Arrows sailed over their heads.
Looking right, Nyla saw Sherluck making his way along a small ledge on the side of the cliff face. He wasn’t looking back.
Vival put Nyla down. “Go!”
“You come too!”
Vival nodded, and he kept to the rear as she inched her way along the ledge, choked with weeds. To her left, the expanse of the mountainside swayed in the greening air and the distant ocean watched with a massive smile. Almost as if summoned by circumstance, large insects had begun to gather around Nyla’s and Vival’s heads.
She swatted, but the swatting seemed only to make the insects swarm more thickly. “What do we do?” she cried.
“Keep going!” Vival said. “Follow that creep!”
The ledge had not deterred the strong men. They were laughing amongst each other as they followed, their swords pointing at the luxurious sky.
Nyla watched their approach with ever increasing dread. Sherluck was far ahead of them now, and their pursuers were catching up. The bugs had begun landing on Nyla and she knew it was only a matter of time before they began biting.
Did she have anything at all to swat them? She reached into her pocket. One of the small sticky honey-cakes met her palm.
“Vival!” she called, handing it to him. “Throw this.”
“Throw it at those men!”
“A honey roll? You think it’s going to make them sweeter?”
“Just do it, you dummy!”
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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