For the A-to-Z Challenge 2016, I am blogging info on my current work-in-progress, a YA fantasy/adventure mini-series tentatively titled “The Other World”.
Don’t worry; we’ll get to the protagonist eventually, but for now we’re going to talk about her closest companion in this story, who is someone she’s never even met at the beginning of it.
Jacob Ravenson began life in the royal capital, part of a small, loving family which happened to include a father who was also the head of the royal guards. He was the center of his own little universe, as happy as any baby can be. He was only ten months old when the attack on the royal city began, so he doesn’t remember any of the actual event, but he was certainly affected by it. In the chaotic escape from the city, Jacob’s mother was killed, and his father was never able to retrieve the body to have a proper burial.
Jacob, at this point not even a year old, began a long journey halfway around the planet with his father, the pair desperate to get as far from the capital, and other humans, as possible. Jacob’s father shed anything that would have betrayed his identity as a prior royal guard, but he kept his sword and his shield – which bore the family crest – because he refused to deny his son that bit of his heritage.
Eventually they came upon a meadow near a small village of other refugees, and the two Ravenson men set up camp. Over time they were able to build a modest home, and they began to raise wild horses, taming them to be given to the wanderers who would occasionally straggle through, having escaped the ring of royal influence themselves.
When Jacob was old enough to lift his first wooden sword, his father began to train him. He would tell the young boy that he had to be prepared, for one day it was going to fall upon him to fight for what was right. Jacob had so many questions… What was right? What were the horrid creatures that had driven them from their home? Why did no one fight now? Why did they stay in this place, this random little meadow in the middle of nowhere, instead of at least finding other humans to settle with?
Jacob’s father never answered these questions –perhaps he didn’t know how – and when he was killed during a hunting expedition Jacob was left with only more and more. It is only when he meets the protagonist of our story that he finally gets a few of those questions answered and sets out on the path to finish what his father started.
I hope you’re enjoying the A-to-Z Challenge and my little snippets of ‘The Other World’! If you’re interested in what else I’ve written, please be sure to check out ‘Nowhere to Hide‘, available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book versions!