By Jack Lasenby
In a land known as the Whykatto, south of the town of Orklun, the solar rises indignant within the sky, eats the iciness grass and flames in the direction of the western horizon. because the sky turns fiery, figures look within the panorama: a boy, limping, observed via an outdated girl. forged out from their tribe they make the adventure by myself, clear of the sun' rage, clear of the deserts of the north, towards the southern lands.
This is Ishs story, a story of rejection, of survival opposed to the chances, of transforming into up in an age whilst a lot is feared, and few should be relied on.
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She and Zanna exchanged exasperated glances. It was obvious they would get nothing useful from Obaday, nor from the silent Skool. They passed people standing in front of walls, avidly reading grafﬁti. “They’re checking the headlines,” Obaday said. Most people looked human (if in an unusual range of colors), but a sizeable proportion did not. Deeba and Zanna saw bubble-eyes, and gills, and several different kinds of tails. The two girls stared when a bramble-bush walked past, squeezed into a suit, a tangle of blackberries, thorns, and leaves bursting out of its collar.
Nothing,” said Deeba. ” Watching you, she thought, and looked at her friend. 9 Location Location “I should’ve realized,” Obaday said, “that you’re arrivals, when I saw you talking to that ghost-boy. He hangs around, stealing, looking for strangers, but so far we’ve managed to get rid of him before he does anything terrible. ” said Zanna. “In Wraithtown,” said Obaday. “They keep a list of all the dead. ” “Our phones don’t work,” Deeba said. ” “You have phones? What in the abcity for? It’s too hard to train the insects.
He repeated. “Un,” said Zanna. “Lun. ” “Yeah,” he said. ” And suddenly the three sounds fell into a different shape, and Zanna said the name. ” Deeba said. Hemi nodded, and crept an inch closer. “UnLondon,” he said, and he reached for Zanna. ” A loud voice interrupted. Zanna, Deeba, and the boy jumped up. The milk carton squeaked out air and scuttled behind Deeba. There in front of them was the pincushion man, his needles winking in the light. ” the book-wearing fashion designer shouted. ” Hemi leapt up, made a rude noise, and sped away, ducking at astonishing speed between the legs of passersby, into the crowd and out of sight.
Because We Were the Travellers by Jack Lasenby