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The bitter snowflakes swirled around.
A cold wind blew right into William’s face, almost making him fall from the sheer force.
The razor sharp winds were deadly here in the tundra.
William took a deep breath, which turned into ice particles that dispersed into the snowy, white landscape.
He found a clear foothold to rest and rubbed his hands together. They were cold. Like everything else here. It was pointless to warm them up. They would get cold again once he started climbing. The only way to find real warmth was to get to the top, and he knew that very well.
“I can’t give up yet; I’m so close to success.” He reminded himself, trying to calm down. “Yes, I need to focus. One misstep can lead to death.”
The young man pulled himself together.
He left the safe spot and continued to climb.
The two knives were curved.
Ordinary knives would easily slip out of the ice, so having them specially made by a blacksmith was vital for climbing.
But even if you prepare the best you can, accidents are doomed to happen. Some things in life are inevitable.
Just as William was about to stick one of his knives into the ice and climb further up the wall of ice, a cold gust hit him.
The young man held onto the knife with every ounce of strength he possessed.
Unfortunately, It wasn’t enough.
And as the cold wind passed, so did the knife of his free hand.
The blade plunged down into the bottomless pit below
Slowly but surely, it disappeared out of view in the darkness, hitting the sides of the crevice as it fell.
Dammit! Of all times, why now?!
He knew what it meant to lose one of these knives.
And now one of them was gone.
The young man looked up at the mist concealed mountaintop above.
Twenty minutes of climbing, at least. Dammit, if only I were more careful, this wouldn’t have happened.
Suddenly, to his left side, a light flickered in the darkness.
It was a cave.
The cave was over a meter away. He'd have to jump if he wanted to get there. A jump in the frozen tundra, that's more than a jump. That's a risk. A risk of death.
Was he willing to take that risk?
Did he have the courage to look death into the eyes?
William never considered himself brave. It’s the exact opposite.
There was not a single time he dared to stand up to the bullies of his childhood. He always blamed his lack of strength.
But was that really the problem?
William dreamt about adventures, exploring the world with friends. Adventurers are heroic individuals who gain the fame of men, and the hearts of women.
He yearned to be one such adventurer.
And although the main reason was to discover the world and satisfy his curiosity, a little bit of fame didn’t hurt.
Yet, with the innate weakness of being unable to practice the art of the scrolls, that became but a fleeting, distant dream.
Years later, as William heard about the Frost Dragon here in the frozen tundra, his feelings were set in motion.
The dragon race holds incredible knowledge about cultivation, and might even be able to solve his problems.
So at that moment, in the toughest time of his life, when he saw nothing but darkness, this glimmer of hope brought him hope again.
With almost non-existent hesitation, the young man packed his belongings and began his travels to find the Frost dragon.
Now he was here, months later, climbing the thousand meter mountain with only two daggers, one of them being lost.
Should he give up here, making the whole journey in vain?
He shook his head. “No.”
There’s no way I can do that.
I haven’t come this whole way just to turn back.
I won’t let my dreams be just dreams.
This one time, I won’t surrender to fear.
The young man’s eyes were filled with determination.
He smiled and jumped.
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Sara Grover: Being that this is your first story and I assume first draft, a lot of little mistakes are common, we all have made them; little things like your instead of you're, missed capitalization, missing punctuation, etc. As for the plot, I have a lot of questions and I did leave comments on certain sect...
Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...
summerstone: Seriously this is one of the best books I've ever read. The plot is intriguing, I love the narrative style. Its very descriptive and unique, with minimal cliches. It makes for a great read and the sequels are amazing. Totally worth reading. ^^ That's me trying to be professional. But in all hones...
Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.
CookieMonster911: The story overall was an adventure that is appealing to any age. The way the characters develop adds a more human characteristic to the novel. The writing style itself is amazing because you can learn every character's thoughts and emotions. The awkward love triangle and jerk moments adds to the ...
Tiffany Thomson: This story is not something I would normally pick up and read but I'm so glad I did, I wasn't able to put it down and my husband was yelling at me at 3am to put it down and go to bed (just waited for him to doze back off before picking it back up) I really hope Natalie brings out another book eit...
themyronus: Vanessa has made 'amazing' the norme. I didn't want to read this as I am waiting for the finished and polished book to come out. But then I decided to read one chapter for kicks...well hours later I finished what was posted. Fortunately, my memory is not to good and I hope I will read the book wi...
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Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...