by K.T. Munson and Nichelle Rae
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Fire and Frost; no two nations have ever been so divided. Only two bridges across the great River Gora connects them and their long standing hatred. When spring comes early, the Frost Nation looks upon the Fire Nation with suspicion. Soon they will discover that the rising rivers, warmer temperatures, and the earthquakes are all a result of something far more terrifying then each other. When the world seems to turn against them they will only have each other to look to. Can they put their differences aside long enough to fix their planet? They must or face extinction.
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Darha looked at the scribe who had fetched her. “Is this…I mean…?” Darha didn’t know what to say. She wanted to ask if it was a joke or a prank, but her people wouldn’t do this for any reason, least of all during a national emergency. The scribe shrugged his shoulders helplessly. Darha looked back at the owl. It tilted its head as Darha had done a moment ago. Darha frowned. “Fetch me the letter, please.”
“I tried your majesty, but it bit me.”
“It bit you?” she asked, looking at him with furrowed brows.
The teenage boy nodded. “I believe, if history serves, only specially trained owls do that, my Queen. Those owls bite anyone outside of royalty who tries to take the parchment. Some of our message hawks do the same.”
Darha looked at the pretty white owl again. She sighed. “Okay,” she said and stepped toward it. She reached her hand out carefully, expecting to be bitten. The owl calmly held her eyes with his. Darha pinched the corner of the letter, and the strap holding it to its neck instantly came loose. The owl flew off.
Darha quickly unfolded the parchment and read.
In Greeting, Queen Darha,
I write to you on behalf of my Queen Vesna of the Frost Nation. She has been made aware of the natural turmoil that is affecting both of our nations and requests a peaceful meet with you on the Frost Nation’s shores. We request your presence in three days’ time. Since the bridges have washed away, we will expect your arrival by boat on the bank of the former Western Bridge. Please respond accordingly if you are willing.
Servant of Queen Vesna
Darha folded up the parchment as panic started to rise up in her chest. This was huge. This was enormous, and she was terrified. She didn’t know what to do. Dealing with the Frost Nation on these matters?
Hiding her fear, she looked at the scribe. “Have one of my men fetch Coor and Thea from the northern disaster area immediately.”
The scribe bowed low. “As you command.” He turned and left in a hurry.
Darha slowly paced the scribe room, flicking the letter back and forth between her fingers. Meet the Frost Nation on their shores? Coor wouldn’t be okay with that, but if they needed to meet with Queen Vesna, Thea would insist on a heavy Fire Nation presence. Either way, Darha had a feeling they were going to this meeting.
K.T. Munson is an independent author who enjoys creating worlds with words. First published at 5 years old in the young writers conference, she has pursued writing ever since. She maintains a blog creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com that is about writing and her novels. She was born and raised in the last frontier, the great state of Alaska.
Nichelle Rae was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her love for writing began when she was fourteen years old. Through the years she has gotten much praise from peers, professors, and professional author’s she has had a chance to work with on her writing and her ability to put emotions into text and fantastic action scenes.
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