I hope you’re having a great day. Today I would like to post another excerpt from my first book, The Lost Princess.
If you like what you read, you can go onto http://www.amazon.com, type in The Lost Princess by Chloe Thommen and it’ll take you right to it.
I hope you enjoy!
“Hey there, little one!” Ramsey shouted. I turned to my right and saw him sword fighting with someone. I go over to him and watched as they both try as hard as they could to beat each other. This was the first time I’d ever saw sword fighting and it was amazing. It was like a sport to them. They did it so well and gracefully, yet so strong and powerful. The man Ramsey was fighting had started to get the advantage, but then Ramsey got the upper hand and pushed the other man down to the ground with his sword and shield and pinned him. “You’re getting better Jack. Just a little more practice and you’ll make it into the Guild.” Ramsey got himself up, then helped Jack up and walked toward me. “So I assume you read all of your books and you’ve come outside to celebrate?” Ramsey asked teasingly.
“Well, if one of those huge books count, then yes!” I said smiling,
“I guess that’s a good start,” Ramsey said breathing hard.
“So, what is all of this for?” I asked.
“It’s training for anyone who wants to be a part of the Guild.”
“What’s the Guild?”
“It’s a group of knights that fight for Aragon. We train them to protect and lay their lives down for the kingdom.” I looked at his sword and saw all of the marks and scratches on it. The sword looked like it had been through a lot of fighting. I couldn’t imagine all of the stories behind each and every one of the scratches.
Abe came over and asked, “Have you ever used a sword?”
“Well, back at home there aren’t really any sort of things like these… So I can’t say I have. Unless you count using a stick to get a hornet nest down.”
“Not quite what I was thinking.”
“Here, this is how you hold it.” Ramsey said and handed his shiny, silver sword to me. At first I thought it would be kind of easy to hold it (mostly because Ramsey made it look easy), but the moment Ramsey let go and I took a hold of it, it dropped straight down to the ground and a little bit of my body weight went down as well. “Haha! I should have warned you that this may be a little heavy for you.
“Oh, it’s not too bad,” I said trying to lift up the sword straight.
“Here,” Rasmey said while laughing, “How about this?” Ramsey helped me lift up the sword and readjusted how I was holding it, which was surprisingly much easier to hold now. The lengthy blade was still heavy but it was something I could get used to.
“Wow, that’s a lot easier!” I exclaimed.
“I thought it might be,” Ramsey said. Now that I had a good grip on the sword, I held it up more. The sun shined brightly on the long silver blade. For a little while Ramsey showed me some moves and skills with the sword. He showed me how to block a hit and how to strike back. Learning these things were honestly interesting. I was really hoping he would show me more. “You’re a fast learner, you know that? We could use some men like you,” Ramsey said.
“I guess, but it’s only because I have a good teacher.”
“You really are good, I’m not just saying that.”
“Ramsey,” a man said.
Ramsey turned to his left. “Yes, Isaac.” He was dressed in the same clothing material as Ramsey, with the chain and amor.
“The King and Queen have asked if Adeline has been doing her studies. They saw her out here and thought maybe you brought her here instead,” Isaac said.
“Yes, she has all morning. She just needed some fresh air,” Ramsey said.
“Alright. I don’t mean to be like that. It’s just… You know how they are.”
“It’s quite alright.”
Isaac turned to leave but turned back fast and asked, “Are we still up for the hunt tonight?”
“I almost forgot about that. Yes, we are!” Ramsey exclaimed.
“Great. I’ll see you then, brother.” They exchanged nods and Isaac walked back into the castle.
I go back to practicing the moves Ramsey showed me and asked, “A hunt for what?”
“Tonight is the night that the almighty Boradon comes out. For the past five years the guild has been trying to hunt it down.” While listening to him I swung the sword a little too much, lost my balance and almost fell. Ramsey grabbed a hold of me before I almost face planted. “Hey, watch how much you swing.” I get back on both of my feet and go back to what I was doing. I must have looked ridiculous at the time.
“What’s a Boradon?” I asked.
“The Boradon is a giant bear that has similar features of a humane. He’s a very strong and ruthless creature. He has the strength of ten men and can tear apart anything that gets in his way. I’ve even heard he’s as tall as a tree.”
I stopped practicing and asked, “A tree?” giving him an unsure look.
He laughed and said, “I’m not joking.” I go back to what I was doing.
“Can I come?” I asked hoping he would say yes.
He fixed my posture. “I don’t think that would be the best idea for you to come on the hunt. It’s very dangerous and there is a high chance that you can get seriously injured. And I can not let that happen. Especially to you.”
I stopped what I was doing and turned to face him.“But wha-”
“No buts. The decision has been made.”
I looked at the blade of the sword and could see all of the intricate detail that started from the tip of the blade all the way the handle. I looked back at Ramsey. “Okay, I completely understand everything. But this could be such a fun experience. Like you said, he only comes once a year,” I said giving the most pitiful eyes I had ever given. “And if things start to get out on hand, I will come straight back here. No ifs, ands, or buts.”
“No,” he said promptly.
Ramsey looked around himself like he was trying to make a deal with a three year old. He hesitated for moment and said, “I… I guess, but no playing games! This is very serious. If anything happens to you, I’ll have my head cut off.
I couldn’t believe he actually said yes. “Awesome!” I exclaimed.
“Um, it’s like the word great,” I said remembering I’m in a different world.
“Oh. Well, awesome it is!” Ramsey said. He looked around to make sure no one was around. “Now, we’re going to have to sneak you out because I know for a fact that your father and mother will not want you even out of your room tonight when we go. So when the sun is down I will come to your room and get you. We have to make sure nobody knows you’re going with us. Do I make myself clear?”
“Yes sir!” I exclaimed with excitement. Ramsey smiled and laughed. “What?” I asked.
“You just remind me of your-…
“I mean someone I used to know.”
“Is that in a good way or a bad way?”
Ramsey smiled and said “A good way.” He took the sword out of my hand and slid it into his halter around his waist. “That’s enough of this for you today.”