Here is a chapter in a book I am currently writting. The Dark Knight is the first book in a series and the series will consist of four or five books. An older, darker sequel might follow. One where Eli is all grown up and the danger is more severe.
Hope you enjoy.
Eli waited in the hut as Remi and Jol’Lyn went around the village and said their good-byes. Remi thought it best that Eli stay here, they didn’t want people asking unwanted questions about who he was. If any of them find out there might be more people on this journey than suppose to be and he didn’t think he would be able to live with himself if anything happened to any of them. Eli agreed and stayed there.
Sitting down at the table he ate the last of his creoads and beans and drank some water. Finishing up his plate he pushed it back and leaned into the chair and stretched. Hearing a rustling sound coming from the open window he got up and walked over to investigate. Sticking his head out the window he looked around but couldn’t see anything.
“What the…” He yelled jumping back as something brushed against his cheek and ran into the house. Turning around quickly he saw something run under the table, walking around the table he bent down and looked at the base of the hearth. What he saw surprised and shocked him. A little creature about seven inches tall with wild hair on its head and hairy hands that were way too big for its body.
“What are you?” He asked the little creature. Screaming the thing began to pick up embers from the fire and throw them at him. “Hey, watch it!” He yelled.
“Ooowww.” He screamed as one of the embers bounced off of his forehead. Hearing Eli scream the creature, either scared even more or happy that one hit him, began to scream louder. Jumping up and down it kept throwing embers at Eli and screaming.
“Stop it, you’re going to burn the place down!” Eli said as the thing bent down and picked up two more embers.
“Aaaaaiiiiiii.” It screamed before throwing one of the embers and made a run for the window. Picking up a plate Eli cut it off.
“I don’t want to hurt you.” Eli said holding up the plate like a shield. The thing looked down at the last ember in its hand and then to the window. A sad, frightened look spread across its face as the door opened.
“Eli…what is going on?” Remi asked seeing Eli standing there holding a plate in front of him.
“What is that?” Looking at where Eli was pointing Remi saw what was causing all of the commotion.
“A fire Knole.”
“What is it doing?” Eli asked taking a step back as the Knole began to pace back and forth, its eyes darting from Eli to Remi and to the window.
“Trying to get out.” Remi said sarcastically, a small smile on his face.
“Why did it attack me?”
“Yeah, the thing started throwing embers at me and jumping up and down, yelling like some banshee.” Remi couldn’t help but laugh. The image of the Knole was just to hilarious.
“What’s so funny?”
“They’re harmless. A nuisance but harmless.”
“Harmless? Tell that to my forehead where the dang thing hit me with an ember.”
“They just sneak in and steal embers to make fire of their own. They are attracted to the smoke.”
“Really?” Eli said. Feeling better he put the plate down as Remi walked over and grabbed the broom.
“We usually beat them with a broom until they leave. You would figure they would get the point and not come back but they don’t, guess they are just to stupid.” Lifting the broom Remi was about to smack the Knole with it when Eli saw it begin to cry.
“Wait a minute.” He said putting his hand against the broom.
“Look at it, it’s crying.” Putting the broom down Remi bent down and stared at the Knole.
“You are right. I have never seen one do that before.” Dropping the broom to the floor the thing still kept crying. “Why is it still crying? I am not going to hit it.”
“I think it’s crying because the ember went out.”
“You can not be serious.”
“Look at it, it’s staring right at it.” Eli said. The Knole dropped the ember to the floor and sat down crying.
“You are right.”
“I fail.” The Knole said surprising both of them.
“You can talk?” Remi asked, stunned.
“Yes…I… talk.” It said sobbing. “You just…never…took…time…always just…beat us…instead.”
“I’m sorry.” Remi said. “I did not know.”
“Now I…fail…and…family…will…die.” The Knole began to cry even louder, tears were rolling down its face.
“Why is you’re family going to die?” Eli asked.
“Knole’s live underground…need fire…to stay warm…and…and…keep Tarenes away.”
“What is a Tarene?” Eli asked.
“They are furry creatures that live underground. They are a big pest cause they dig tunnels right below the ground. Get enough of them and they can really do some damage to your yard.” Remi answered.
“Sounds like a gopher.”
“A gopher. Where I’m from they are called gophers, furry little creatures with claws about the size of my hand."
“Tarenes are much bigger.” The Knole said, his crying getting under control.
“He is right, they are about the size of my foot and have really sharp teeth.” Remi replied.
“I can see why they would be afraid of them then.”
“Now my family is going to die.” The Knole said before he began crying again. Feeling sorry for it Eli got up and walked over to the hearth, grabbing a small stick from the fire he walked over and handed it to the Knole.
“Here you go. My name’s Eli that’s Remi. What’s your name?” The Knole’s eyes got real wide and a grin spread across his face. Grabbing Eli’s finger he began to shake it with both hands.
“Oh thank you, thank you. Now my family will not die. Thank you, thank you.”
“It’s all right, just keep your family safe.”
“I will, I will.” Taking the stick he ran towards the window. Placing it in his mouth he began to climb up the wall with the grace of a spider.
“What’s your name?” El asked before he vanished from the window.
“Borisstelanopoich Stelanovich, the third.”
“How about we just call you Boris?”
“Boris…Boris…I like it. Boris.”
“So long Boris.” Eli said.
“Thank you Eli, thank you.” Turning around he jumped from the window.
“Do me a favor Eli.”
“Don’t tell Jol’Lyn what just happened. She hates Knole’s enough already, if she knew they could talk I do no think she could take it.”
“All right. I wonder if we’ll ever see him again.” They both stared out the window. Eli didn’t see what Remi did, he was lost in thought when Saphon flew by the window.
“I think we will.” Remi said smiling. I’m pretty sure of it. Come on, it is time to go.”