The Foresters of Engedi Part 1

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
A story about a forest village in a beautiful planet.

Submitted: March 05, 2017

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Submitted: March 05, 2017

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This story takes place on a planet called Engedi. It is a forest planet located in the Hezronite galaxy. The planet is split four different ways. The North Forest,the South Forest, the East Forest, and the West Forest. The North and East Forests are tropical rain forests and the South and West Forests are deciduous forests. The main characters in this story live in the South Forest. Now that we know the outlay of Engedi we will now begin the story. 
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 EVERYTHING WAS DARK AND COLD. KEVIN WALKED DOWN THE STAIRS IN THE CAVE WHEN OUT OF NO WHERE A PIERCING SCREAM FILLED THE AIR. THEN JOINING THE FIRST SCREAM CAME A SCREAM JUST AS PIERCING,FROM ANOTHER PERSON. THEY WERE SCREAMS OF EXTREME PAIN. KEVIN RAN DOWN THE STAIRS AND WHAT HE SAW AT THE BOTTOM FROZE HIS VERY BLOOD. TWO MEN HAD THEIR HANDS CHAINED ABOVE THEIR HEADS TO A WOODEN POLE. BLOOD FLOWED FREELY FROM THE WOUNDS ALL OVER THEIR BODIES. ANOTHER MAN CAME INTO VIEW WITH A WHIP IN HAND. BEFORE THE MAN'S BODY BLOCKED OUT THOSE OF THE TWO PRISONERS ONE OF THEM LOOKED UP. KEVIN LET OUT AN UNEARTHLY SCREAM WHEN HE SAW WHO IT WAS. PETER.
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"Kevin, wake up! It's just a dream! Please wake up!" Yelled Zoe as she was shaking her husband awake. Kevin sat up and Zoe saw a look of fear and panic in his eyes. "What's the matter?"she asked. Kevin got out of the bed and opened the door to his room and standing there was his son,Dustan. Kevin saw the worried look on his platinum-blonde haired son. Dustan's eyes were so dark they appeared black but if you looked closely they were red. "Are you okay,Dad?" Dustan asked. Kevin shook his head and sat down in a chair in their living room and said to his wife and son,"We need to pray for safety and protection. Things are about to get bad." Zoe and Dustan nodded and the three of them started praying. 
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The next morning Micah and Jedediah sat under an oak tree sharpening their hunting knives when Dustan walked up."You look like you didn't get any sleep last night,man" Micah said. Dustan gave him a weak smile,"Yeah, I was up most of the night." "Why's that?"asked Jed."Dad had another nightmare,so we were up praying."replied Dustan. "Was is it the one about the war he was in when he was younger?"asked Micah. Dustan shook his head,"Nope, he said it was a new one,but he didn't tell us what it was about." "Well,on that note who's ready to go hunting?"asked Jed. Dustan and Micah smiled and gathered their gear. One hour later Jed saw a beautiful buck. As he took aim with his bow and was about to fire the buck fell dead with an arrow sticking out of him. Jed, Micah, and Dustan made their way over to the buck,and as the bent down they heard a voice say,"That one counts as mine,gents."  The boys turned and there stood their blonde-haired,blue eyed friend Brendan. Jed smiled,"We was just checking it out." "Sure y'all were."smiled Brendan. Dustan smirked and punched Brendan in the arm;Brendan obliged and returned the favor. "Well ain't this a beautiful turn of events."said Blake, Brendan's twin brother said walking up behind them. The boys laughed then grabbed the buck and made their way home. 
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 Down in the woods by a stream were five beautiful girls all around the age of 15 washing clothes and talking."So,Tessa, who's gonna be your newest conquest?"asked a golden-blonde haired girl with eyes the color of polished copper."Robin, shut up. You act like I make a habit of trying to get a guy's attention."said the platinum-blonde haired, turquoise colored eyed, Tessa."We were just wondering,dang."said Raven, Robin's identical twin sister."Well y'all can settle down. There ain't nobody."replied Tessa blushing."You're lying right through your teeth,Tessa."said Riley, a girl with beautiful midnight sky colored hair and eyes a beautiful shade of indigo blue, smiling. "Yeah, that blush is totally giving you away."said Renee,Riley's twin sister who was identical except her eyes were a icy blue color."Why do y'all wanna know so bad?"asked Tessa."Because friends like to know these things,honey."replied Robin. Tessa growled,"Fine, I like Brendan." All was quiet until Renee all of a sudden let out a laugh,"I thought you hated him?" "Well that tells you what you know."smiled Tessa. "Do you think he knows?"asked Raven. "Do you think who knows what?"asked Brendan as the boys walked up.All five girls spun around,"Nothing."replied Riley. "Y'all have a good hunt?"asked Tessa. "Yup, we got two bucks. Nine pointers the both of them."replied Micah. "Awesome. We gotta get goin."said Raven grabbing up her laundry,"Jed, would you grab that basket while you're escorting us home." Jed huffed and grabbed the basket,"Sisters."he murmured. At that the rest of the boys laughed and the group made their way home.
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 "It's okay,son.Just stay calm, everything is gonna be fine." Kevin told is oldest son Peter. "It's just that...I'm gonna be a dad.Am I ready for that?"replied Peter pacing back and forth. Kevin smiled and was about to reply when Dustan walked through the door."What's going on?Why does Peter look like he's about to pass out?"At that moment a loud scream came from the other room and Peter turned white,"Jeanna is having the baby."replied Kevin. Dustan's eyes got big then he turned around and fled from the house.
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"Well,Jeanna just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy."said Martha to her husband Joshua. "It's about time. What did they name the lad?"he asked. "Ezra."she replied. "I wonder how Dustan's gonna take to being an uncle."said their oldest son Keaton. Keaton had midnight blue hair and eyes the color of a beautiful morning sunrise."Well I think he's taking to it rather well considering when I left he was holding the lad with a look of awe in his eyes."replied Martha smiling.Joshua chuckled,"Don't tell me you're wanting another baby." Martha smiled fondly at her husband then looked pointedly at Keaton,"No,but I would like some grand babies." Keaton rolled his eyes and said,"Mom,I'm only 17." Joshua burst out laughing and Martha just smiled. "What's Dad laughing so hard about?"asked 13 year old Konner walking into the room."Nothing."grumbled Keaton walking into his room. All of the suddenthe front door burst open and four boys ran in,"Hey, Dad, is it okay if Wynter,Cade,and Judd stay for supper?"Joshua smiled and ruffled his youngest son,Kaleab's hair,"As long as it's okay with their parents." "Yes,sir.Thank you."he replied and out went the four boys to ask for permission. "Well that was quite the stampede."said Riley as she and Renee walked in with the laundry."Yes it was,and they'll probably be here for supper.said Konner smiling. Martha laughed as her twin daughters groaned in unison.
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 Straelek wondered what Amelak wanted this time. He was tired of being summoned time and time again. For the last year they had been planning an attack on the South Forest."Ah,Straelek, you're here,good. I was wondering if we will be able to commence the attack any time soon?"said Amelak. "Yes sir, I am glad to announce that we can attack whenever you're ready."replied Straelek. Amelak laughed gleefully,"Well, what are we waiting for?"
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Joshua let out a deep breath. Hunter and Keaton had returned from a scout trip yesterday and had reported an army coming from the East Forest. He had gathered all the men in the village to discuss what they were going to do about it. After a few hours they decided they would go out and meet them. They gathered all the boys 15 and older for the army.After a week of getting ready the men and boys hugged and kissed loved ones and said goodbye. 
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Three years have come and gone since the men had left. Riley and Renee,with their brothers, Konner and Kaleab decided to go hunting.After half a day with nothing Riley let out an aggravated breath,"I don't get it. This place is usually full of game." They all of the sudden heard a stick snap. "What was that?"asked Kaleab. The four of them turned and they realized they were surrounded by about 50 men. "Lovely."said Renee. The four of them got back to back and drew their weapons,"Let's do it."said Konner. After about 20 minutes the fifty men were all dead,"Well, that was just great."retorted Riley. They checked to make sure everyone was okay when they saw Konner kneeling on the ground covering the right side of his face,"What's the matter,Konner?" Kaleab asked. When Konner looked up there was blood poring through his fingers. Kaleab turned white and looked at his sisters. Riley and Renee went into action and grabbed him. As soon as they had him in a standing position he passed out.
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 Raven and Robin were sharpening their knives when they heard a noise. They looked up and saw Riley and Renee with Konner in between them. He was covered in blood. Kaleab trailed behind them as white as a ghost. "We need to get him to Zoe right now." Riley said grimly. Robin took off running towards Kevin and Zoe's to let her know they were coming."Raven,can you take Kaleab and make sure him and mom stay home."said Renee. Raven nodded and grabbed Kaleab by the arm and made her way to Martha's. As they got to Zoe's she opened the door and said,"Lay him on the table." The girls did as she said. Zoe looked at Konner thoroughly then looked at the girls, "Y'all need to pray. Pray hard."
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 Two more years have come and gone as Kevin sat around the campfire looking at all the young faces around him. 22 year olds Hunter and Keaton sat cleaning their swords in silence. Their eyes now void of the innocence they'd had 5 years ago. Peter was 25 and was a quiet serious man,which was unusual for his loud outgoing son. Kevin wished he could have prevented this awful war from happening. Around the next fire over sat Andrew and Eli with Dustan, Jed, Micah, Brendan, and Blake. The boys were now all 21 years old and he could see the bitterness in their eyes. Tears started streaming down Kevin's face;he understood why they were so filled of hate. They had been robbed of their childhood,their hands now scarred and stained with the blood of others. "Sir, are you okay?" Kevin turned and saw the look of concern on Hunter's face. "I was just pondering some things, Hunter." Hunter nodded and turned away to leave Kevin alone in his sadness. 
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 They were in the thick of battle when Straelek saw two young soldiers from the opposing side back to back cutting down his men so quickly and smoothly. "Sir?"the soldier next to him said. Straelek smiled and looked at the soldier, "Bring them in."
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 Joshua saw the enemy retreating towards the North, and he let out a shout of victories. They had one this battle. "Peter! Where you at!" Micah shouted looking for his brother. There was no response. Then Joshua heard Leo shouting,"Jed!" Joshua looked around and didn't see either one of them, they were missing.
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 Amelak looked at the two men chained to the posts in front of him and chuckled. He had been surprised at how good in combat they had been considering the fact that they appeared to be in their twenties. "You two killed many of my men."he stated. They just stared at him in cold silence."I tend to make you both pay for killing so many of them." Amelak said. "If you didn't want them dead why'd you send them out there in the first place?"said Peter sarcastically. Amelak's face filled with fury and he turned towards Peter and slapped him in the face,"Straelek, you may begin." Straelek smiled wickedly and walked forward with whip cracking in anticipation,"With pleasure."
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It had been two days of pure torture and Jed was ready to give up and die,"If you're gonna kill just do it!"he screamed. Straelek laughed,"So be it." The last thing Jed saw was Peter look up and start praying. Jed closed his eyes,"GOD, I'M READY." Then all went black.

 

 

  Part 2
 Tessa sat in a tree looking towards the North. Her,her brothers Judd and Wynter,Cade,and Daphney were on guard duty. All of the sudden Tessa saw movement about half a mile out,"Judd,Cade,y'all go check it out."she said. Eighteen year old Judd an seventeen year old Cade nodded and went to go check it out. "What do you think it is?"asked Cade's twin sister Daphney. Tessa looked at the raven haired, green eyed beauty and said,"It looks like a group of people." "Well, I don't feel like killing anyone today."said blonde haired blue eyed Wynter. Tessa nodded,she was also tired of all the killing. When would it ever end.
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Eli looked towards the tree on the right just up ahead of them. He felt like someone was watching them. Andrew leaned over and whispered, "Up in the tree." Eli loooked up slowly. There in the tree stood a young man around 17 or 18 years old. He had dark brown hair and emerald green eyes,that's when Eli saw the boy smile that lit up his face. There were only two people he knew with that smile, his wife Lynn and his son Judd. Judd climbed down the tree and was joined by another young man with rave colored hair and eyes like a storm. Andrew ran up to the boy and hugged him fiercely and thats when he realized it was Cade. Judd walked up to his dad. Eli was startled at the size of his oldest son, he stood eye to eye with him and was just as wide. Eli grabbed his boy and pulled him into a hug and wept with joy.
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 Brendan and Blake looked at their younger brother Cade and shook their heads. Cade smiled, "What?" "Look at you,man. You're a man."laughed Blake. "Yeah, different than the boisterous 12 year old you were when we left."smiled Brendan. Cade laughed and saw Brendan had turned to talk to Blake when he stopped and seemed to be in a daze. Cade and Blake turned to see what he was looking at when Cade smirked, "Whatcha looking at?" "Who's that?"asked Brendan. "That's Tessa."laughed Cade no longer able to keep himself in check. Brendan looked at his two laughing brothers and shook his head. All of the sudden they were almost knocked over by a overjoyed Daphney. Blake and Brendan grabbed their baby sister and laughed. "Do I get a hug?" Andrew asked his daughter. Daphney laughed and ran into her dad's arms and started crying. 
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 Martha pushed her way through the crowd to get to Joshua;when she saw him she stopped. There he stood,the most handsomest man she had ever seen. He had more silver in his hair then when he left but that didn't matter to her,he was home. Riley, Renee, and Kaleab were searching the crowd for their brother Keaton. Riley felt someone tap her shoulder, "Y'all looking for me?"the three of them turned and stood face to face with their older brother. The three of them rushed him at once and laughed and cried as he hugged all of them. Keaton turned to Martha and smiled, "What did you do to my son,young man?"she asked hugging him. Keaton laughed then looked around, "Where's Konner?" Martha let out a deep breath, "He went out for a walk." "I'll go see if I can go find him."said Keaton. Renee grabbed Keaton's arm and shook her head,"Just wait til he gets back." Joshua and Keaton looked at all of them,"What's wrong?"asked Joshua,but before they could answer they heard a voice, "Dad, Keaton, is that you?" They turned and what Joshua saw shocked him. Standing before him stood a man he knew to be Konner but who looked almost nothing like him. He was tall and muscular, his midnight black hair was at his shoulders and what shocked him the most was the scar that ran from his eyebrow to his chin on the right side of his face and it appeared to go through his eye. Joshua knew without a doubt that Konner was completely blind in that eye. Joshua smiled at his son,"Yes, Konner, it's me." At that Konner ran into his dad's arms and wept. 
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 Hunter was sitting by his mom and watched the celebration around him. Emily looked at her oldest son and asked, "Whatcha looking at?" "I've noticed something about all the younger kids."he replied. "What's at?"she asked. "There's a sadness that is lingering in their eyes despite the party. Why?"he said. Hunter saw a look of grief enter Emily's voice as she answered him," They've had to grow up even quicker then you and your friends unfortunately. I've noticed in the eyes of all you young men who have returned home a hatred that makes me sad. All the killing has filled y'all with hate." "Killing someone would fill anyone with hate."responded Hunter fiercely. "Do you see hatred in Wynter's eyes,or Daphney's?"asked Emily. "Why would their eyes be filled with hate. They've been spared the pain of taking a life."replied Hunter. That's when Hunter saw that his mom's tear-stained face,"But they haven't,Hunter. They've been killing men for 5 years. Just as long as you and your friends. They just started younger." "You're telling me that those two innocent kids have had to kill people?"choked Hunter. Emily nodded and grabbed his hands,"Not just them,all of them have." Hunter cried into his hands when he felt a hand touch his shoulder,"What's the matter,Hunter?" Hunter looked up and there stood Daphney. "I thought you'd be happy to be home."she stated. Hunter smiled sadly, "I am happy to be home. A lot has changed that's all,girlie." Daphney nodded,"Yeah, I noticed. Brendan and Blake are way different." "War does that to people."replied Hunter. "Tell me about it."she said looking down at the ground," Well I'm gonna go back to my family. Just wanted to make sure you were okay."she said. Hunter grabbed her hand and pulled her down and kissed her on the cheek,"Thanks,girlie. Glad you did." Daphney smiled then said, "Whatever it is that's making you sad give it to God." 
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 Micah and Dustan sat on a log watching the celebration when Micah asked Dustan, "How's your mom and Jeanna doing about the news?" "How do think?"growled Dustan. "Yeah, my mom and sisters are having a hard time about Jed." Dustan nodded. Dustan all of the sudden saw the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen. Her hair was the color of midnight and her eyes were icy blue. Micah heard Dustan's breath catch and he turned to see what he was looking at then smiled, "You know who that is right?"he said. Dustan shook his head. "That's Renee. I thought you'd realize that considering she's the only one with eyes that color." Micah replied. "Y'all want anything to drink?"Robin asked walking up to her brother and his friend. Micah nodded,"Some water." Micah heard his sister chuckle as she turned around,"I'd better warn Renee to watch out." Micah looked at his sister and laughed then went back to observing the celebration around him.
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 The next morning the girls were on watch when Raven said, "So, Tessa, you still got a thing for Brendan?" Tessa rolled her eyes, "The man is gorgeous." All her friends laughed at her statement. "Wait, you think my brother is gorgeous?" Daphney asked smiling. "Don't you dare tell him I said that!" Daphney burst out laughing,"Don't worry. Your secret is safe with me." Tessa rolled her eyes at Dapney and smiled, "What about the rest of y'all? Think anybody's cute?" There was complete silence for a second when Riley said,"Yup, I think Hunter's quite the looker." Robin and Raven laughed, "He'd just love to hear that." Riley shook her head and laughed. Robin cleared her throat and said, "Well I think Keaton turned out pretty nice." Renee smiled," Pretty nice. My brother is totally steaming." At that all he girls burst out in laughter. All of the sudden they heard a noise and they all turned and there stood Hunter and Keaton. All the girls turned red. "What y'all doin?"asked Raven. "Just lookin around. Everything looks just about the same." Hunter replied. "Just the people have changed."said Robin. Keaton smiled mischievously, "The girls sur are more beautiful then I recall, don't you agree, Hunter?" All the girls flushed and looked at the two men sternly. "That's for sure."said Hunter smiling at Riley. "Well, we need to finish our rounds."said Riley pulling Tessa behind her. All the girls took off in a hurry. Once they were out of sight Hunter and Keaton burst out laughing. As they started walking home Keaton looked at Hunter and said, "Don't think I didn't see you checking out Riley." Hunter smiled,"Well, I noticed you checking out Robin." Keaton looked at Hunter then laughed, "Okay, you got me." When the men got home they went their separate ways to spend time with their families before the next battle.


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