The First Book of Iaddius Ioahann (Chapter 3, page 2 of 12)


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Chapter 3

Suddenly I heard a voice. It was loud and close. It spoke a language which I could not understand and I knew, by the horror in Haig's eyes, and the draining color from his face, that it was Maikin. Haig lunged quickly and smacked the horse hard on its rump. It jumped suddenly before running off at full gallop. I heard what must have been a Maikin cry, and then I was running, following Haig who was running ahead of me. We were running in the opposite direction of the horse. I could hear the Maikin voices rising behind us. I concentrated on Haig, on keeping up with him. He was running wildly, it seemed to me, first running to the right, then suddenly and inexplicably changing course and bolting to the left. I followed him through all of this, straining to keep up. I wasn't familiar with that territory and slipped many time, nearly falling to the ground. He hurdled over logs, between tree trucks, and through the underbrush. I followed him, my lungs burning and my breath coming hard. It wasn't long before I could no longer hear the Maikin behind us, but still we ran.

Suddenly I saw Haig drop in front of me, and before I could stop I fell off the ledge as well. I landed hard on my feet but the ground was sloped downward and so I was immediately thrown forward from the momentum. I landed hard on my right shoulder and continued to roll downward. All I could see was dark earth and light sky constantly flashing intermittently before me. I could feel the dirt coming up, as it were, and slapping me hard. Large rocks, jutting jaggedly from the earth dug into my flesh from every angle. I felt myself smashing through bushes and small trees, bouncing off of the larger ones.

Suddenly I was enveloped by wet and by cold. It took me a minute to realize that I was no longer tumbling. I lifted myself out of the water and looked around. The slope which had had fallen down ended in this small creek. All around us was forest. I took a deep breath and struggled to my feet. I was aching all over. My lungs hurt, my head hurt, my limps, my chest, my back - everything hurt. I took a deep breath and held it. My lungs felt like they would explode! I let it out slowly and looked at Haig who had already shaken himself off and was standing at the edge of the stream looking around.

"That was quite ride." He said with a timid half-smile when he saw me watching him. "How are you?"

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