Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Nate Shridër would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Across the field

By Nate Shridër All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Fantasy

Across the field

I was always read the stories before bed when I was little. A band of children would go exploring in the woods and take a wrong turn or meet a mysterious stranger and be whisked off into a world of fantasy where they were required to fulfill their heroic destiny in order to return home. Every child knows these stories and wish that it would happen to them. I felt that tinge as I sat in class, staring out the window. My instructor rapped me across the hands and asked if I was listening. I admitted no and he sighed. “Go outside while I arrange the next part of the lesson.” I jumped at the chance and ran out the door. I didn’t mind the extra tutoring, but it was a beautiful day and I wanted to play. I ran into the open field outside and looked for a stick to use as a sword. Playing knights was a favorite pastime and there was a dragon to be slayed! I found my “blade” and ran toward the big tree that would serve as my dragon for the afternoon. I got almost halfway there when I fell. I stepped and my forward foot missed the ground and I dropped into the hole. I hit the cold ground in the dark and blacked out.

I don’t know how long I was out, but I woke up and looked for the light of the sun and I was nowhere to be seen. I felt around and found a side of the pit and looked up. It was faint, but I could make out a few stars. I began to feel around for something and I found a root about 3 feet off the ground. I dug out above it and tried to climb out. The hole was about 6 feet deep and it took a bit of work, but I made it out. I rolled onto the grass and breathed in the cold night air. I wondered if anyone was looking for me. I didn't hear anyone calling my name or shouting for me. I got up and looked around. Nothing seemed right. I couldn’t see the tree, or any of the familiar buildings. The field looked bigger and it crossed my mind that I might be one of those kids who got transported to a magic land. I felt a brief mix of excitement and panic, but it passed when I saw the lights.

At first I had thought they were stars, but they were very close to the horizon and were brighter than the others. They were clustered at the far end of the field. I began walking toward them when I heard it. It was faint and in the distance, but I was sure that I heard it. It was a roar and a rumble past the lights. I feared it might be some kind of dragon, so I began to run toward the lights. I hoped it was some kind of camp that could protect me from the dragon beast.

As I got closer and saw that it wasn’t a camp, just a cluster of lights on poles around a crossroads. The road was covered in a thick dark material that scraped against the leather of my shoes as I kicked at the edge. I was breathing hard from running across the field and from being terrified. I was alone in a new world that was home to some kind of giant monster that lurked in the dark. I went from panting, to hyperventilating, to crying. I dropped to my knees and sobbed. I missed its approach. I was sobbing too hard to hear it before it got close. By the time I realized it was close, it was almost 50 feet away. I looked up and screamed. It had bright white glowing eyes and was roaring as it approached. I rolled back off the road and down into the ditch and it began to screech as it passed. It screamed louder and then quieted as it came to a halt just beyond me.

It sat there, back to me, growling. I got to my feet and looked around, trying to remember anything on slaying giant beasts. I ran back up onto the road and was about to run into the field on the other side when I heard it. A voice. One of the beast’s ears moved forward and a man stepped down. He yelled something and began to jog toward me. I panicked and did the only thing that I could think to do. I raised my hands, pointed my palms at him, shouted, and willed the flames to shoot from my palms. A gout of fire flared forth and hit the beast in the back and side. The man running toward me was immediately engulfed in flames and dropped to the ground. I closed my hands and inhaled a breath. The beast hadn’t moved, even though it was now smoking and blackened on its rear. I was afraid it would turn around and attack me, but before I ran back into the field I pulled out a small scroll from my pocket and scribbled down the runes that were tattooed on the back of the apparently unfeeling beast before me.

“LONG HAUL TRUCKING”

I didn’t even know what it said, but Merlin always told me to take copious notes on anything I didn’t understand. I could look it up in the library the Mages College if I was ever able to return to Avalon.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Nate Shridër
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

re8622: The Last Exodus quickly grabbed my attention. Almost as soon as I started reading the story, I couldn't put it down. I found that the ideas the author put forth were very thought provoking given the turmoil we have seen gradually rise over the last several years. I felt that I could understand th...

littlebunnypoopoos: Omg this was so amazing! The ending was a little bad and predictable. But otherwise, I need a second book or I'll die :D The character development was excellent and the whole romance, action, and suspense was superb

makaylakay: I love love this story! It's written incredibly and well thought-out plot! I love how it's a different twist in fantasy fiction, other then the usual vampire or werewolves. Love the romantics and drawn to the two characters so much already! This book will draw you in within the first chapter and ...

Shifa Gohar: this book is my first on inkitt and I love it thoroughly...but i guess this is not the end. The characters were amazing the plot too. At times it scared me more than a horror movie would. Love the plot something i had not read in a while.

SPepper: I had a hard time putting this book down even to go to sleep. The story is compelling and beautifully character driven. I hope author will make this a series.

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

Jason78: Be careful, once you open this book you won't want to put it down. A dark comedy horror that has plenty of twists and turns that Keeps you guessing. Fantastic book from start to finish, loved the story and can't wait to read the next one.

nikmariecav: I loved reading this book! I was hooked from the moment I started reading. It took me a day to read the whole thing but I didn't want to stop reading. The way the paragraphs were broken up made it at times hard to read and know what was going on. Other than that I loved the plot and the character...

Christopher Chew: Been a while since reading was this fun. The plot was easy to follow and built at a gradual but good pace. The dynamics between each character were interesting and kept things fresh and exciting, very much so that you would forgive it for not going deeper into the back stories of each character. ...

More Recommendations

Cassie Jacobson: So many twists and turns. Keeps you wanting to read to see what happens next. The main character is detailed well. The struggles and growth of Joby makes you admire her. It gives you a proud satisfied feeling while reading it. A refreshing difference then most books out there today, and in a w...

rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...

genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...

Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...