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”.
Yesterday we talked about one of our protagonist’s closet companions on the journey she will undertake, and today we’ll talk about the other.
Kaima is a Maelekanai, a people that we haven’t talked about yet, so I won’t give you too much information on her race specifically; just know that she isn’t human, and she has a great disdain for them.
Kaima was very young when the royal city was attacked, but old enough to remember vividly the way the effects rippled outward across the land and into every town and village. She was living peacefully with her parents and her newborn baby sister when the first monsters slithered into their world and rounded them all up like cattle. One moment she was teaching her little sister how to blow bubbles, and the next moment they’d been torn apart and locked in cages, to be shipped off and used as slaves in the larger cities. She remembered being terrified beyond belief, screaming for her family, not understanding what was happening or where she was going.
In many ways Kaima was extremely lucky. Her father and a few others were able to break free of their bonds, free the girls, and make an escape into the night. However, a human who had been caught up in the crossfire saw them escape and feared retribution from their captures should this be allowed to happen. He yelled for the guards, and in the ensuing escape, Kaima’s mother fell.
For this reason Kaima has spent her entire life hating humans with every core of her being. She met Jacob and his father when she was still very young, and perhaps due in part to the fact that the young boy had lost his mother as well, they bonded as friends, but that is where her loyalties end. When Kaima first meets our protagonist she loathes her with every inch of her being, torments her, and pushes her off the edge.
So how does this human-hating creature end up being one of our protagonist’s closest companions? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out!
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!