Sealah - A Pegasus - Part 4
 By T W I   •   10th Jun 2011   •   2,905 views   •   10 comments
The sun made its way, bit by blazing bit, higher into the sky. Its unrelenting rays penetrated the thick foliage of a tangled thicket and continued on through an opening in the top to warm a small gray form, invisible to all but the airborne observer. Noontide was upon Sealah, and in its wake, the Pursuers.

As the first sounds of jingling tack and tramping of many feet reached her, Sealah involuntarily shrank further back into the trailing branches concealing her. She endured the punishing prickle of many little thorns biting into her hide and shivered, though the day was warm.

Sealah A PegasusAs they sun continued its march through the sky, the company of knights drew closer. As they came into her field of vision, though somewhat obscured by foliage, Sealah drew a shaky breath as she took in their numbers. There were thirty at least, one of the biggest companies of Pegasi-hunters she had seen from Eirmont. All of them were mounted and armed.

Sealah could tell that they were ready for her. She had narrowly escaped detection by their scouts but an hour ago, finally deciding to take shelter beneath one of the many riverside thickets and watch the procession. She knew that they would not expect her to have remained in Kair, for though watchful, they were not actively searching for her. The natural thing for her to do would to have crossed the Narjch and continued on to cower in Kurna until eventually flushed her out or she succumbed to Shilm. Once they had crossed into Narjaylom, then would be when they truly began the hunt to finish her off. Sealah sometimes wondered whether there was a safer haven in Tarlea than the forest of Kurna, for all its vastness. But call of Kurna upon the hearts and minds of the Pegasi was strong. It was their home and would be until the dying race was completely extinguished from the face of Tarlea.

Sealah, trembling with fear and apprehension, strained her eyes towards the approaching men. Would that Kao were still alive, even as a prisoner. But she held no false hopes. Capture of the Pegasi was simply not Eirmont’s way. They killed and continued on their way. And yet that fantastic glimmer of hope still shone weakly in Sealah’s heart, no matter what she did to constrain it. No matter how impossible the chances were that Kao was still alive, Sealah refused to give up and flee for her life to Kurna. Indeed, it was already calling her. But she would not give up and return to the dubious safety of the forest until she knew without a shadow of a doubt that Kao was dead.

Time crept on. Midday passed, as did the company. And as Sealah, lying motionless under the willow, stared numbly after them, it was only then did the full realization sink in. Kao was gone. His spirit had fled Tarlea.

“Gone. He’s gone.”

Sealah’s heart ached within her, a dull, disconnected sort of pain. She just wanted to lie down and sleep, to immune herself to the cold reality of life. She had known all along the Kaodran was dead. The refusal to give up, her steely determination had somehow sustained her to this moment. Now she was drained. Drained of all hope, all motivation to go on. Kao was gone. But Kurna was tugging on her consciousness. She had to get up. She had to cross the Narjch once the knights were gone, and continue on her way to Kurna. And give birth.

That stirring in her womb, indeed in her very heart, was all that forced Sealah rise on shaky feet. She would continue on her journey until her task was fulfilled. And perhaps on her greater journey, the journey of Motherhood, she would find the completion that the Pursuers had so cruelly robbed her of. She would continue on.
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Aslans Roar  
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I love the imagery, and the wording, and everything! *happy dance*
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