The life Zoe Bellby
Chapter one: Flight and fight
The entire world was a blur as I ran, I was running as fast as I could, trying my best to ignore the pain in my legs,
forcing myself to keep going. I was running as if my life depended on it, which it did. Behind me was ferocious pack of
hungry wolves, they were hot on my heels I could feel their hot sticky breath on the back of my neck. A blood curdling
howl went up into the night; the wolves were going to be on me in no more than a few seconds! Desperately I urge myself
onwards, dodging trees and low branches and anything else in my way; I had to get back to Jake that was all I could do,
maybe then we’ll think of something.
As these thoughts go through my mind I feel a terrible pain in my left ankle. One of the wolves had nipped me; I lost my
balance and went over. I landed on the ground with a thud; I frantically try to scramble back up, but a wolf jumps me
from behind. Screaming in pain I vainly attempt to throw them off. I let out a shriek of pure pain as one of them
manages to slip through my guard and sink their fangs deep into my thigh. ‘No, I don’t want to die like this!’ I
yelled, my brain was telling me to do something but I didn’t know what. Then suddenly struck by inspiration I grabbed
up a decent sized stick from the ground where was lying, I used it as a club, bashing and clobbering any wolf in reach
screaming like crazy as I did so. Energy levels were way low I didn’t know how I was going to fend off the entire
pack, at least 5 of the 20 wolves were out of action, thanks to my makeshift weapon, but that still left me a large and
deadly problem. These wolves were hungry and vicious and hay, guess what! I’M DINNER!
My heart is pumping against my chest, everything hurts. The pack has me surrounded, they’re closing in for the kill, I
move backwards until they have me backed up against a tree. All over the ground there was blood, my blood, it was over,
I was going to die. As the leader of the pack made its way forwards I felt a strange tingling in my arms, I ignored it.
Quickly I spared a glance down at my arms as the tingling grew stronger and was surprised to see that my arms were
glowing! I looked back up just in time to see the wolves spring forwards, but as they did so I brought up my arms to
shield myself and through my closed eyes saw a brilliant flash of light and my arms burned. Totally drained I fell down
to my knees, I heard the terrified yowls of wolves in pain and looked up to see the remainder of the wolves tearing back
down through the trees, smouldering remains of the dead wolves lay around me. I knew not what happened or how, but all I
knew was that I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more. The last thing I saw before I passed out was someone running
towards me screaming my name, then blackness.
Chapter two: Trouble on the horizon
Ok, maybe I should explain what’s going on, well my name is Zoe Bellby and I come from the planet Meridius. It was a
planet full of life and happiness, everyone was kind and caring and I lived with my mum, dad and older sister Jana on
the edge of the vast border sea in a huge house on the top of a cliff. Every afternoon I would sit with my mum and watch
the sunset behind the sea. Life was peaceful and merry. Then, everything changed when an unknown enemy of great power
came from across the sea bringing evil and unhappiness, death and despair.
I still shudder every time I remember that day out in the bay as the entire town went about their business not knowing
what evil was about to be unleashed upon the fair city of Palador, my home.
I was outside at the time plaiting daisy chains through my hair, singing an old nursery rhyme my grandma had taught me.
It was by chance I looked up out over the sea and saw the fleet of ships on the horizon. Even to this day I regret my
decision to ignore the ships, I may have saved many lives, but I did not know that the coming of those ships would bring
so much unhappiness and terror to our world.
My mum sat in her chair by the fireplace, a crackling, warm blaze already going in the grate, my 8 year old sister Jana
was playing with her dolls by the door. Late afternoon sun was streaming in through the window above my head, bathing
the room in a golden glow. All day I had a feeling that something was going to happen, and now the feeling has increased
and I can almost feel trouble coming. Unfortunately I didn’t know what it was.
My mother was the town’s healer, my grandma was a wise woman and I often loved to sit and watch them as they weaved
spells of healing and gave advice to people in need of it. At an early age I had been taught herb lore and studied
healing and runes, it had been my grandma who had taught me, she had always said I had a gift and she helped me educate
my talents. Somehow I always thought she knew something I didn’t, something she wouldn’t tell me. I also had a
feeling that my mother was in on it too but refused to believe.
The ships docked at the port and many people’s curiosity got the better of them and they went down to investigate the
strange ships and the even stranger people who were sailing them. I was one of the more curious of our people. I had
always been inquisitive about anything that took my interest and always wanting to know more, it’s just a part of my
nature. Sometimes, though it’s a trait that can get me into trouble, big trouble.
My mum had told me that I wasn’t allowed outside after sunset, she told me I had to wait until morning to go and see
the ships just like the rest of the family. Grandma Bellby looked at me and winked; she was standing the kitchen doorway
and had flour on her cheeks. “I think your mothers quite right young one, till the morning you must wait and you can
help me down the roads, I’m not as young as I once was you know!” she chuckled.