THE EARTH GIVES WAY TO THE SEA,
THE SEA BOWS BEFORE THE WIND,
THE WIND FEEDS THE FLAME,
THE FLAME BURNS THE WORLD OF MAN DOWN TO THE EARTH.
The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous
secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in
a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather
normal. Sure, their twenty-year-old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he’s
going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It’s all
very… normal. However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a
bus, Xander’s life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can
suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not,
Xander must learn to use his new ‘super power’ quickly if he wants to survive.
For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of
new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander. It doesn’t help
that one of these blondes happens to be the most beautiful girl he has ever
seen. Xander can’t deny the instant connection he feels to her so, when she
tries to kill him, it certainly makes things complicated.
Excerpt (from chapter 15, secondary characters Sean and Jessica)
Sean pulled back the curtain and
glanced outside the window for the hundredth time that day. Nothing obscured his view of the parking lot
and the road beyond. Despite the densely
parked cars in the parking lot, he saw no sign of the blonde haired fire
wielders who had attacked him and Jessica.
The strangers seemed to have gone as they came.
let go of the curtain and let it fall back into place. Though it seemed as though the Fire Warriors
hadn’t followed him to his apartment, Sean refused to let go of the nervous
breath he was holding.
all the time that had passed since the fire in the park near Xander’s house, no
one had heard from his best friend. On
the few rare occasions in which Sean ventured out from his apartment, he had
asked some of Xander’s former classmates if they had seen him, which none
had. He hadn’t been to the school nor
returned to his parent’s home. His
friend had, for all intents and purposed, vanished.
himself off the couch, Sean walked toward the kitchen. His refrigerator was running dangerously low
of food but there was always food to make into a decent snack. He knew the jokes Xander would make about
eating as a nervous habit but Sean felt justified in being nervous.
he opened the refrigerator and started pulling out lunchmeat, he heard a gentle
knock on the door. He froze, his hand
unmoving around the plastic turkey container.
away,” he whispered into the room.
didn’t know who was at the door but he honestly didn’t care. He doubted Xander would knock so gingerly and
no one else would be bringing him good news.
slid the turkey package out of the refrigerator as quietly as possible and
softly closed the door. Logically, he
knew that the person on the other side of the door couldn’t hear his refrigerator
closing. Normal people couldn’t hear
that, he had to remind himself. His best
friend could control the wind. The
people that were hunting him could throw fire from their hands. There was no telling if super hearing was
another of their hidden super powers.
he reached toward the stack of bread, the same person knocked again at the
door. Glancing around nervously, his
eyes fell on the bottle opener magnet hanging from the fridge. Sean pulled it off the fridge and held it in
front of him defensively. He left the
kitchen and walked toward the door.
the person knocked for the third time, it seemed far more insistent.
there?” Sean asked, trying to force some mock confidence into his voice.
visibly sagged with disappointment. He
almost wished it were one of the Fire Warriors.
do you want?”
you open the door?” she said pleadingly.
sighed as he reached out and unlocked the door.
As he pulled the door open, he was surprised to see a fairly disheveled
Jessica standing before him. Loose
tendrils from her shoddy ponytail hung over her face. She didn’t seem to be wearing any makeup,
aside from the obvious lip gloss that caused the unnatural shine on her
lips. She wore a loose-fitting blouse
that was heavily wrinkled. Sean couldn’t
remember ever seeing her looking anything less than fully composed. Despite her
obviously harried expression, she still found the reserve to frown at her
Witch of the West.”
opened her mouth to offer a sharp retort but quickly thought better.
are you doing here?” he asked.
didn’t know where else to go,” she admitted sheepishly.
didn’t have GPS on your broom?”
smiled humorlessly. “Are you done?”
by a long shot,” he replied.
ahead. Get them all out of your system.”
figured the inside of my apartment would keep you out of the life-ending
rain? Your flying monkeys ran out of
likely candidates to kidnap? You do
realize I don’t even have a dog named Toto, right?”
I please come in now?” Something in her
voice caught Sean off guard and the humor seemed to bleed out of the
situation. He nodded and stepped out of
she entered the apartment, he closed and locked the door behind her.
walked a few steps inside before turning toward him. Glancing down, she noticed the bottle opener
in his hand.
looked down and seemed equally surprised to see it still clutched in his
hand. “I don’t know. I figured I could stab someone with it if I
got that from the kitchen?” she asked.
“Why didn’t you just get a knife?”
was genuinely dumbfounded by the question, especially since he didn’t have a
logical answer. He tossed the bottle
opener onto the couch angrily.
up. You still haven’t even told me why
told you, I didn’t know where else to go.
I’ve been totally freaked out ever since the other night. I’ve barely slept. I’ve barely eaten.” Her voice lowered to a soft whisper. “I think one of those blonde guys has been
you came here?” Sean yelled before throwing a hand over his mouth to silence
came here?” he said again in a harsh whisper.
told you. I didn’t know where else to
go. No one else would believe me if I
told them some guy set my car on fire using only his hands. You have no idea how hard it was to explain
what happened to my car to my dad. I had
to give him some totally crazy story about a drunk homeless guy.”
stormed past her before pausing in the doorway to the kitchen. “Did you even stop to consider what would
happen if you really were being followed?
You could have led them right to me!”
yeah Sean. You’re practically 007. Everyone’s trying to hunt…”
words faded from her lips as someone knocked on the door. The stern knock was the complete antithesis
to Jessica’s soft knocking from earlier.
started to whimper but Sean stepped forward and clamped his hand down over her
quiet,” he whispered.
slipped past her and eased his way to the door.
Leaning forward, he glanced out the peephole. The man on the other side of the door was
unmistakable. His close-cropped blonde
hair and dark leather tunic looked identical to the man that tried to kill Sean
at Xander’s house.
it?” Jessica asked, leaving the end of question hanging.
nodded as he inched his way back to her.
The Fire Warrior banged loudly again on the door.
just not answer,” she offered. “He’ll go
away eventually, right?”
followed you here, remember? If he wants
in, he’ll just burn the door down.”
what to do we do?”
stroked his hairless chin. “You’re going
to open the door.”
no, I’m not!” she replied sternly. Jessica
placed her hands on her hips and flipped the few hanging tendrils of her blonde
hair out of her face. “If you want the
door open, you’ll have to be a big boy and do it yourself.”
frowned. “You’re going to open the door
so that I can attack him. Unless you
want to attack him, that is.”
quickly shook her head. “No, that’s
fine. I’ll get the door.”
disappeared into the kitchen as Jessica moved to the door.
leaned around the corner and nodded. She
held up three fingers and silently counted down. When she dropped the last finger, she
unlocked the door and threw it open.
Fire Warrior on the other side seemed temporarily startled. He quickly overcame his surprise and stepped
into the room, chasing after the retreating Jessica.
stumbled backward and fell into the middle of the room. The tears already threatened to fall down her
face as she stared at the frightening warrior entering the room.
Fire Warrior smiled wickedly and extended his hand. The tips of his fingers ignited as flames
danced over his hand.
I am,” he replied, stepping through the kitchen door. He held up the large red cylinder in his
hands and pointed the nozzle at the confused Fire Warrior.
on this, dude.”
squeezed the handle to the fire extinguisher and the far end of the room was
consumed in white powder. The cloud
sprayed over the Fire Warrior, extinguishing the flames on his hand, as he was
covered head to toe in white foam. Sean
held down the handle until the small extinguisher ran dry and sputtered in his
hand. As the cloud settled, the entire
room was coated in white foam, to include an undignified Jessica who sat
sputtering on the floor.
Fire Warrior coughed loudly as he seemed frozen in confusion. Sean paused, realizing that he hadn’t thought
through his plan beyond spraying the man with the extinguisher. Despite him being coated in inflammable foam,
Sean was still facing a vastly physically superior man.
really didn’t think this through,” he muttered as the Fire Warrior reclaimed
his wits and stormed toward Sean.
gulped and dropped the extinguisher, as though releasing the weapon would
alleviate him of the blame.
warrior reached Sean in a few large strides and grabbed him by his shirt. Despite Sean’s weight, the Fire Warrior
lifted him from his feet and pinned him against the wall.
we talk about this?” Sean said meekly.
blonde warrior merely growled at him.
The Fire Warrior leaned in, his nose mere inches away from Sean’s
face. Sean could practically see the
fire burning behind his dark eyes.
hollow thud suddenly echoed through the room.
The smoldering glare in the warrior’s eyes disappeared as his eyes
rolled up into his head. The Fire
Warrior pitched to the side, his arms going limp and releasing Sean in the
stood behind the warrior, clinging to the extinguisher like a club. She looked nervously at the unconscious Fire
think he’s going to be okay?” she asked.
cares,” Sean replied, laughing nervously.
dropped the extinguisher and smiled weakly.
Sean returned the smile before spreading his arms and motioning her
did great,” he said as they hugged one another in relief.
a long moment, they stood straddling the unconscious blonde man, embraced in
each other’s arms. Suddenly, as though
remembering her surroundings, Jessica stiffened.
know that we’re only hugging because I’m so relieved to still be alive, right? Nothing more?”
nodded quickly. “Of course. Sure.”
mean,” she continued, “if it weren’t for the fact that someone just tried to
kill us, we wouldn’t even be caught dead in the same room, right?”
he said softly as he took in the smell of her hair cascading past his face.
paused and turned her face toward him.
“Did you just smell my hair?”
arched an eyebrow as his face flushed in embarrassment. “No, no, of course not,” he laughed
nervously. “That would have been weird!”
moment’s over,” she said sternly, pushing him back.
they separated, Sean inadvertently kicked the unconscious Fire Warrior. The man groaned softly. The pair looked at each other again, suddenly
remembering what brought them together in the first place.
are we going to do about him?” she asked.
shrugged. “I guess we tie him up?”
makes fire out of the air, Sean. What’s
to stop him from just burning through his ropes?”
we put him in the shower?” he offered.
Her withering stare ended that train of thought. “No, you’re right. That was a stupid idea.”
shrugged. “Yeah, but I don’t really have
a better one.”
About the author
Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an
United States Army Captain in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from
the University of Southern California in 2002, writing Science Fiction has
remained his passion, a passion that has continued through two deployments to
Iraq, a humanitarian relief mission to Haiti, and an upcoming deployment to
Afghanistan. Jon wrote the "Brink of Distinction" trilogy, of which
"Burden of Sisyphus" is the first book, while serving a 16-month
deployment in Baghdad, Iraq.
Wind Warrior is Jon Messenger's break
through novel published through Clean Teen Publishing.
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