Aftermath; Destiny's Challenge chapter1

Aftermath; Destiny's Challenge chapter1

A Chapter by artaqstar
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Fantasy,adventure. Eighteen year old ventures into a new world.

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It had been four years since Destiny had felt the warmth of the sun on her skin or the fresh smell of a spring breeze.
 
Hesitating, she looked once again upon the reinforced door of the cave.
 
Would it truly be safe to finally venture outside? She wished her father was there to make the decision. That was not to be so. They both knew from the beginning that although he started the mission, Destiny would be the one to complete it.
 
Her dad died much sooner than either expected; only days after the doors had closed, leaving the young Destiny to lead the two hundred people who had taken refuge from the evil that raged outside.
 
Staring at the door, she recalled the first time her father had spoken of what was to come.
 
She was only six, but already she realized her life was different than others...
 
Those who did not simply ignore her family were relentlessly making fun and harassing them.
 
After a particularly hard day at school, Destiny came home crying. Her father took Destiny into his study and began to explain.
 
“The world is changing, Dear One, and not for the good. There will come a time when we will need a sanctuary,a place to ride out the evil that is to come.
 
God told me this was so. He still has hope in those he has created. It is not yet time for us to join him. Those who have the courage to believe will be saved."
 
“But why are they so mean to us?” Destiny interrupted, trying to wipe away the tears that were flowing from her eyes.
 
“Because Little One , I have begun the preparations and those who don’t believe think I am crazy. Those who believe may still be unsure or lack the courage to speak up. But we must be strong.”
 
Over the years, Destiny had slowly learned what was to be expected of her.
 
As time passed only a few came to help build the fully sustainable refuge in the cave, with water and air recycling and generators, food garden and candle making. They even had a small library, rec-room, school and chapel.
 
A smile crossed her face thinking of all that they had accomplished, all that she at only six-teen had become leader of.
 
It was her that God had spoken to, telling her it was time to take those who believed and hide away. In the end, two hundred came.
 
The smile faded as she thought of those final days. Up until minutes before she closed the door her father was still trying to convince others to join.
 
Now, she had been told it was time to open the door. Yet she had doubts; once again she wished her father was there.
 
“Heru was a good man.” Startled out of her thought, she saw that it was Henry who had spoken. “He has truly been missed.”
 
“Yes, dad’s leadership would have been much better than my own.” She replied mostly to herself.
 
"That is not what I meant," Henry looked troubled.
 
“Not once have I wavered in my belief of your leadership and not once have you let me down. You do those who have chosen you an injustice when you put yourself down."
 
“Oh Henry, what would I be without you? If God has chosen me for this task then certainly he has chosen you to make sure I have someone to complain to. Not that I ever complain.” she smiled.
 
“Oh no, never, not you.” Henry smiled back.
 
For a brief moment the task at hand was forgotten,then with a blink it was gone. It was the weight of her pack that reminded her of the journey ahead.
 
It was time for her to leave, to go out into the world, tp see how they where to start a new beginning. What she worried about the most was what she would find.
 
Silently the two left the entrance of the cave, moving to a more private corridor. Destiny found herself facing a smaller door, hidden in the carvings on the wall.
 
Adjusting her pack so that both hands were free, Destiny grabbed her staff in both hands. It had been her father's and had only become hers after his death. Turning the engraved bulb tip like a combination, it clicked open revealing a secret compartment. Taking the key from its hiding place she then replaced the lid.
 
“I guess I’m ready,” she said, looking at Henry.
 
Henry then embraced her in the biggest hug she had ever received. Reluctantly he broke away and watched as the young woman disappeared behind the hidden door.
 
He had faith she would return. His only fear was what she would find and prayed she would have the strength to endure it.
 
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Standing for a moment with only a flashlight to penetrate the darkness, Destiny could feel the safety of the door behind her, beckoning her to return. In front of her,the Unknown. Without hesitation she unlocked the door to where she was told she must go. It was the only hope of her people.
 
The last sound she heard was the unlocking of the door in front of her.
 
Destiny had never truly understood the saying ‘silence is deafining’ until that moment.
 
Not a sound could be heard, except the thrumming of her heart beating in her ears.
 
Falling to the ground in despair, tears filled her eyes, blurring her vision. A blessing at the moment for as far as she would be able to see,in every direction, there was nothing. There was no sound because there was nothing to make a sound. No grass, no trees, no animals, nothing but hard dirt and sand and so Destiny’s sobs echoed into the emptiness.
 
“What now?” she screamed through her tears. “What am I to do? What do You want from me?”
 
“Much more,” a voice whispered in the breeze. “You’re destiny has just begun.”


© 2009 artaqstar


Author's Note

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Great opening, like the sense of the mood you give in your writing.
Keep going with this one it has great potential.
Noticed a few minor typos. Read it yourself and then get a friend to read it looking
for typo's. Reading it over and over again yourself just makes you tune out.
(We end up reading it a few dozen times anyway. LOL)

ChrisK

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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This is a wonderful opening, very well written. It catches the readers attention and holds it. The characters are realistic and sympathetic. Great write and I can't wait to read more!

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is certainly a great chapter here, aside from some minor typos. I really enjoyed it :) I loved how you put God in it! Keep it up. I'm sure it will make a lovely story :D

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

All I could say is......wow!

Wait, turns out I have more to say haha :) You're writing is superb: the voice was consisitent, the flow of words are unblemished, and the excitement grabs you after the very first few words. Clearly the remarkable work of someone experienced. I seriously can't say anything right now that could possibly make this peice of writing any more better than it already is except for this bit of advice--

Keep at it!


Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is shaping up to be a Noah's Ark type of story. It is well written, again with only a few minor corrections I will point out at the end.

One thing concerns me though. Remember, the first couple of pages set the stage and you are stuck with that for the rest of the book. I feel you might have boxed yourself in a little too tightly here to allow the story to develop to its full potential. I will write to you privately with a couple of suggestions how to broaden the scope a little.

Hans von Lieven

Corrections and suggestions:
Hesitating, she looked once again... (hesitatingly) They both knew from the beginning that although he started the mission...( he had started the mission) She was only six, but already she realized her life was different than others.. (realized she was different from the others ??)Those who did not simply ignore her family were relentlessly making fun and harassing them. ( Stilted, perhaps :"The people around her fell into two groups. There were those who simply ignored her family and those who were relentlessly ridiculing and harassing them." would be better) Destiny had never truly understood the saying 'silence is deafining'( deafening ) until that moment. Not a sound could be heard, except the thrumming (thumping ?)of her heart beating in her ears.



Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Thanks everyone for reading and reviewing my chapter. I am glad you enjoyed it and I will be fixing those pesky typo's soon.
Next chapter will be up shortly. Thanks again. :)

Posted 10 Years Ago


Yup, regardless of the very few typing mistakes, this was fun to read and a very good beginning to a story that would keep me reading.

About the typo's, i think the most obvious to me were the two in the following sentence:
"It was time for her to leave, to go out into the world, tp see how they where to start a new beginning."
should read
"It was time for her to leave, to go out into the world, to see how they were to start a new beginning."

I know it is sometimes hard to spot these type of things in our own writings, because we read through much quicker than other would, so I agree with Christopher. It's best to get a friend to help us look for typo's. (Which is probably one of the main reasons we publish on this site :-)

Again, great story so far, and I think I'll definitely be reading more if you decide to publish the remaining chapters on this site. Well done!

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Awesome story, I adored it!! Especially because it includes God, it's great to see stories like this and it looks like it will be a very interesting book!!

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Great opening, like the sense of the mood you give in your writing.
Keep going with this one it has great potential.
Noticed a few minor typos. Read it yourself and then get a friend to read it looking
for typo's. Reading it over and over again yourself just makes you tune out.
(We end up reading it a few dozen times anyway. LOL)

ChrisK

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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