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"Timeless": A Short Story from the Unbroken series
Miss Anderson
Nov 28, 2017
13 Mins Read
2,796 Words
No Plagiarism!vk0OX7LgZLnQ11eKpTy9posted on PENANA

A note from the author: Firstly, thank you so much f​or reading! This material and all other material from the Unbroken series is copy written, so please be respectful, as I am sure you will. Most importantly, enjoy! P.S. photo is public domain and proper for commercial use :)41Please respect copyright.PENANAiz1HSdu6Hx
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"Mama, mama, tell me a story."copyright protection37PENANAzGuzurHfIG

"What do you want to hear, my son?"copyright protection37PENANA15x26LNvFm

"Tell me of the Fairylands. Your people. The Fiyori."copyright protection37PENANAEpmfZ1Po00

"Ah, you always want to hear of them."copyright protection37PENANAyAG2aatRqb

"Because your childhood was so interesting."copyright protection37PENANAxsh4unQiSv

"Well, this time, I will tell you the story of 'you'."copyright protection37PENANAFxV1NV3Dk3

"Me?"copyright protection37PENANADSEkVOvoFV

His mother taps his nose playfully, "Yes, you, little one."copyright protection37PENANAAdnSiSf8b8

The boy's bright brown eyes alight. "Okay!"copyright protection37PENANAEQGAStvV6P

"This story is about the Fairylands of the Fiyori people and the Wolflands of the Canvasi people and how they finally ended the conflict over the northern Shye River. It was fall, that year, just like it is now. Except, the forest of the Fiyori was golden, and absolutely breath-taking."copyright protection37PENANAZKHD4Csz18

"Those are both your people, right?"copyright protection37PENANAuClSuEKKMW

"Yes, my grandfather was a Canvasi, but my grandmother was a Fiyori. I was raised among the Fiyori."copyright protection37PENANASrMy1F2wA8

I once told my mother, "I wish to be like you one day when I grow up..."copyright protection37PENANAlAS3eXGGwH

She said, "Be better than me, Child."copyright protection37PENANAO0kaTPOEzB

 I stand in the mirror now, long black hair down my back and golden eyes staring back at me, golden like the flaxen fall leaves decorating the trees outside. copyright protection37PENANAAs3n1423BC

"Mariah, are you ready?" Aunt Earline enters my room. copyright protection37PENANAcXd50r2G8y

I shake my head and turn back to the mirror. copyright protection37PENANAoXzI7sxW66

"Your parents are taking a patrol to meet with the Canvasi about the upper part of the Shye River. If you are not ready soon, I will leave you."copyright protection37PENANAxGyB3zF5Dg

I touch my stomach. I can feel a heartbeat inside. Perhaps I shouldn't go, but if I do not go, then they will question why. Still...copyright protection37PENANAIPdWVenXUw

"I am  not going."copyright protection37PENANAwit51ByzxE

I braid my hair into a ponytail, taking note of the tribal tattoos that decorate my arms. The lines around my wrists and ankles I got when I was just five years old, initiating me as a warrior. The arrow I got on my left shoulder when I made my first kill. The flower I got on my back when I became a warrior. The berries I got on my wrists when I survived a terrible siege with our neighbors, the Marshlanders, known for their poison weapons. The sword I got in memory of my father when I saw him almost killed by one of the king's overseers, and I fought by his side to get away; my mother etched that one herself, on my lower back, just below the flower between my shoulder blades. Each is blue like the flame that forged them into my skin to tell the story of my battles and my hardships that I have gotten through. copyright protection37PENANAF5leGpOmvs

"You are so pretty," my Aunt Earline clucks, putting her hand on my shoulder, ignoring my remark.copyright protection37PENANACehQad5yaZ

The lime green dress drapes down to my long umber toes. I stand up on them for a minute, bouncing like a ballerina, nervously, then let my heels sink back down to the ground slowly. Sinking...just like the feeling in my stomach...and not because of the baby inside me.copyright protection37PENANA4HiyMk9lTG

Aunt Earline straightens my dress and extends my ponytail over one shoulder. She circles me for a second, smiling softly. "And who is the father?"copyright protection37PENANAZzLlNsKCOg

I am struck cold all of a sudden, and then I breathe. copyright protection37PENANA4rumiFzndK

"How do you know?"copyright protection37PENANAnisFQe0ZAT

"Little girl, I am like your second mother. Been lookin' at ya since you were born. How could I not know?"copyright protection37PENANAGAssVgUGSI

I press my lips together. It is not the fact that I am having a child. I am twenty-three and old enough and settled enough to raise...the child...of course I had not planned it to happen like this...but...who the father is...well...copyright protection37PENANAWX9rkr6UPk

She grins. "You don't have to tell me. I already know. Little Canvasi boy that I see racing around the river. Son of Lord Tylan of the Wolflands, huh? You went and got with a complicated matter, little girl." She half chides me, half sympathizes. "But when the heart falls in love, it's just that. I told your mama about letting you run the river like a wild little filly. Pretty little thang, you are. She always wanted you to be an elite warrior, wild as the horses, and you are; but even warriors fall in love."copyright protection37PENANAFcC7StmStW

I laugh, and she takes my hands in hers before resting one hand on my stomach and one to my back. I feel pressure, and my heart races.copyright protection37PENANAL9wdBsuv8n

"Calm down, now, I ain't hurting him."copyright protection37PENANAe5kowFQCzF

"Him?"copyright protection37PENANAXfRzmJ3IBw

"Yeah..." Her grey-tinged golden eyes are full of concentration; she is our best midwife. "Yep, a boy, and you about four months along, huh? How long have you known?"copyright protection37PENANAFnFcAhE5MM

"Just a month or two. I suspected before then, but I..."copyright protection37PENANAs0RNposf12

"You were in denial," she finishes. "You love him?"copyright protection37PENANAUYhMxDvBm7

I nod confidently. copyright protection37PENANA72uNe54SaQ

"And he love you?"copyright protection37PENANAFCRxqgVSwW

"Yes."copyright protection37PENANAUqUbdsPI3c

"Then, what you worried about?"copyright protection37PENANAQbfkYtq2mB

"The world is going to keep us apart."copyright protection37PENANAT1dLyD1twy

"You told him?" copyright protection37PENANAqrZkDcNsVR

I shake my head.copyright protection37PENANAFL2U60ow3K

"Well, you best tell him and prepare to leave your people, young lady."copyright protection37PENANA7WMlHkZJNw

"What?!"copyright protection37PENANAheXgyAsm3o

"You cannot stay here and be with him too. You best decide, and that man is going to want you to come to him. You got his son in your belly, and by the feeling of it, that boy is going to be a hardy colt, a strong warrior. He is going to need his daddy. Now, you willing to give your son up for your people?"copyright protection37PENANAdJ9fDgg2Mj

I put my hand on my stomach and look in the mirror. I still cannot believe it is real, that this child exists. I am barely showing. I am a little thick naturally, but I still do not look like I have gained weight.copyright protection37PENANANUfzgWTgGH

"Well?"copyright protection37PENANAMXVKeukHQn

"I guess not."copyright protection37PENANA537fjKvzNi

She takes my chin between her forefinger and her thumb and squeezes, like she is going to pinch it off. My eyes tear up, but she does not relent. copyright protection37PENANATAc99t63KM

"You better know...that baby inside you, you better not let anything, and I mean, nothing, take him away."copyright protection37PENANAKwKGgYaBF1

I let the tears flow, but I am not crying because of my chin. I am crying because my people mean everything to me. copyright protection37PENANAZL560oRvYE

"You better not go off being angry at the world either. You brought him here, now you take care of him. You are going to go and be with Walter, and you are going to be just fine. We will always be here for you."copyright protection37PENANANSf01pu7se

I nod.copyright protection37PENANATdLDT2C4Di

"Now, dry your face and come on outside. I got Carousel all ready for  you."copyright protection37PENANA5D3aJ4zBAy

Carousel is my grey mare that awaits me as I follow my aunt outside with a handkerchief.copyright protection37PENANAgoqvosVTzn

I shake my head. "Won't you come with me?"copyright protection37PENANA7sBT6uVIyz

She gives me a side-smile. "You are a grown woman, now, not the little girl I used to lull to sleep. Time to start handling your own battles...but I will tell your parents you ran off somewhere, running wild as usual."copyright protection37PENANA0Ec4PW8pxI

I close my eyes and slip onto my horse's back, sending Carousel off at a trot. Those days of carefree running are over. She seems to sense my mood because her ears flick back and forth anxiously. I pat her neck beneath her white mane in a soft apology.copyright protection37PENANAXO7okwQfpp

I watch the landscape travel by: the towering golden trees that I have climbed for as long as I could walk. Suddenly, I send Carousel into a gallop and release the long ponytail. I lean down against her neck so that our manes are one: a black and white storm whipping the wind. copyright protection37PENANADxSeqZJlHi

"Fly, my sister!" I yell, and I extend my hands out to the sides of us like wings as we rush toward the Wolfland prairies.copyright protection37PENANAUIW6MM3VbA

She flares her nostrils, tosses her forelock, and I laugh as we splash across the Shye River. I direct her with my weight to the northern part, where his patrol will be waiting. Carousel trots alongside the river with her ears pricked forward to the unfamiliar territory. Slowly, we integrate back into the forest cover of our own territory.copyright protection37PENANAE9oLxIhoYH

I stop her when I catch sight of the figures up ahead. Walter is there, dressed in a light blue colored shirt and coal black dress pants. His jacket is folded across his saddle. His reddish brown fuzzy hair is neatly trimmed, echoing against his caramel brown skin. He looks around nervously and licks his lips once. Suddenly, his eyes dart toward me. He frowns, but I do not move. Carousel is just as still as I. copyright protection37PENANAOBeGPEFy0n

"Father," he says, "may I go take a breather?"copyright protection37PENANAQU5N1Sz4OK

"That nervous, boy, eh? Well, get used to it. The king has agreed that you will inherit my position," Lord Tylan chides, half bemused. "Get on then, and do not be too long." Lord Tylan is an old cheerful man, despite losing his wife not too long ago to a sickness. He is almost ready to retire.copyright protection37PENANAFsT4erNvPL

Walter rides toward me on his young bay colt. The colt is still in training, by the looks of it. He has a gaily trot, not paying much attention to his rider. Walter makes sure no one is watching, but everyone else is too busy laughing and awaiting to meet the Fiyori patrol. He quietly crosses the river just as my parents' patrol arrives to meet them. copyright protection37PENANAcDmqkc50L5

"What are you doing here?" he whispers. "Do you know how dangerous it is?"copyright protection37PENANAnC0sp1lZ69

I close my eyes. "I am having a child."copyright protection37PENANAKLCEQQ5DlV

When I open them, he is speechless. "What do you mean?"copyright protection37PENANAoyzLZTY4TJ

"My aunt says he is going to be a strong boy."copyright protection37PENANAahlaJLc5Li

Walter paces a bit, but when he turns back to me, he is grinning. "My son...our son."copyright protection37PENANAev4Q9UGfy2

"What are we going to do?"copyright protection37PENANAbXBKIADGFx

He shrugs nonchalantly, like there is an obvious solution. "Get married, of course. Mariah, I love you. I want to marry you."copyright protection37PENANAqQOM0yycEj

"How, Walter, how? We cannot marry within the hierarchy. You are an heir! The king will never allow it. We knew this. We knew this all along."copyright protection37PENANAvSPAJZuqe3

"But love has gotten us this far, Ri, it will take us all the will," he insists.copyright protection37PENANAtp04aIFOpl

Now I am scared for me and my unborn child, but when I look at him,... copyright protection37PENANAlQbaCbJaon

"Mariah...I know that you will have to leave your people, but I promise I will give you the best life that I can. We will raise our children and give them an even better life than that. And their children's children, and theirs...Please, this is what I have dreamed since I met you in this very place, 2 years ago...2 years, 5 days, and" He looks at his pocket watch, "10 minutes."copyright protection37PENANAuUgjuZiZqx

I laugh, "Really?"copyright protection37PENANA2UX2Y7LEVa

He cups my face in his hands, "Really, my love, really...and God as my witness, I plan to make it a lifetime...countless more minutes, a billion more days, and a century or two together."copyright protection37PENANAZh1asDmbOL

"A century or two, impossible."copyright protection37PENANAyiFOBaOU9e

"You and me, forever, baby, forever."copyright protection37PENANArc9pf8w0Ms

He holds me tightly, then finally, he slips his hand in mine. "You ready?"copyright protection37PENANAbMKcWcPjnD

I nod. Carousel follows beside me. Wherever I go, she goes. I lean into her neck. Here is to a new beginning. She tosses her mane.copyright protection37PENANA4WWKKxVzs5

When we reach the patrols, they are in a heated debate. Of course, they are rendered speechless by our arrival.copyright protection37PENANAOThXjw5PxR

"Mariah, what is this?" my father asks softly.copyright protection37PENANAiID2VAfLUD

"What does it look like, Vance? Your daughter has fallen for my son," Lord Tylan replies heartily.copyright protection37PENANApZzlJkTFUl

My father glares at him, but Walter speaks first, "No, Father, quite the opposite."copyright protection37PENANAKIf2FyzLo6

Lord Tylan laughs, "Oh, son, don't I know it? It is always that way: a man falls for a good, beautiful young woman and is enamored for life."copyright protection37PENANADGPgJLRZwL

My mother shakes her head. "Mariah, this cannot be."copyright protection37PENANACVKchuxa9r

"I am having his son," I murmur, and the warriors in my parents' patrol whisper amidst themselves in disbelief.copyright protection37PENANAwUaLWPkwAI

"It is true," Aunt Earline sends her old grey mare forward and winks at me.copyright protection37PENANADdpsu8dm8K

"Sister, you knew of this?" my mother asks.copyright protection37PENANA7KFSXXnu7w

"Hold your horses, it was just an hour or two ago that I found out, Maggie," Aunt Earline jokes.copyright protection37PENANAWDr6poWJUx

"Mariah," my mother turns back to me.copyright protection37PENANAsxLR0g0eC8

"I wish to marry him, Mama."copyright protection37PENANAYKSEDQB0lJ

"So, you will turn your back on your people?"copyright protection37PENANAxhnYoMmlwh

"It is the only way. You cannot change my mind."copyright protection37PENANASYPEPPUP4x

My mother rolls her eyes to hold back the tears. Her golden eyes, just like mine. Only, I never thought I would see them broken. She dismounts from her coal black stallion and walks over to me. She holds me tightly.copyright protection37PENANAY2hQHUHjV2

"My little lady," she whispers. "No need in asking the why's and the how's, a little too late for that." She looks meaningfully over her shoulder at my father, gripping his dagger. "You know once you go, you cannot return to us? The king does not allow association between territories in the hierarchy. You will have to be loyal to the Canvasi. Your children will not know who they are."copyright protection37PENANA2skqqJcN4J

"Yes, they will. I will never be far from you or my land, Mama. It washes in my blood and my veins."copyright protection37PENANA5XHUBxKwnO

She nods. "I will write to my half-brother to tell him to be expecting you. You have a cousin over there as well, bout your age. Perhaps you will seek him out," she whispers. "You have followed in the footsteps of you grandmother, you have. I never thought you would be returning to the Canvasi." My mother's father (my grandfather) was Canvasi. copyright protection37PENANA3lRlbzfTSb

"I do not return to them," I whisper. "I have never been them, only Fiyori, only you, Mother."copyright protection37PENANAVVDgl4ZyR4

My father squeezes my hand. "I will still give you away at your wedding. I know that the Canvasi have weddings different from us."copyright protection37PENANAhW1YRDwB9T

"Thank you, Father."copyright protection37PENANAqcehxqRNjJ

I take a deep breath, and my father leads me back to Walter and Lord Tylan. "If this is what you truly want..."copyright protection37PENANAYfFCv0Guyy

"He is a good man."copyright protection37PENANAzQvAOmdkYm

"I know, but I imagined so much more for year, my love."copyright protection37PENANAeozsG7SxUb

"I am sorry I disappointed you."copyright protection37PENANAhTqWwWXcqw

"Never could you do such a thing. You are your father's heart."copyright protection37PENANAK0mfAbCOvA

He kisses my forehand and presses my hand into Walter's. My father grips both our hands in his. "Take care of her, young man, or else..."copyright protection37PENANAbJZKcGR4dM

"I will see to it," Lord Tylan promises. "Although I do not think I will have to."copyright protection37PENANAfvGGscCpp3

"No sir," Walter promises.copyright protection37PENANAV93hpEt2sY

"Well, then, son, since you have your wife and your heir, I imagine you are ready to take the throne yourself. When your son is born, I will step down. Until then, you will both train to inherit the throne." He turns back to my father. "Sir, we will have a patrol meet you on the day before the wedding. I believe Mariah's mother will want to help her get ready." I can hear my mother's sniffles, but I do not turn to look at her. Lastly, he faces his warriors, "This incident does not leave this river." They nod. " And as for the river..."copyright protection37PENANACDICnVifZw

"It is yours," my father murmurs. "Consider it a gift for my daughter's coming reign, and my grandson."copyright protection37PENANA2f1JVuWyUl

So that is how the northern part of the river and its banks where the wild horses run came to be part of Canvasi territory. As for me, we wed, and my mother gave me her wedding dress. A beautiful lace and pearl beauty. My father walked me down the aisle. It was genuine the happiest day of my life. copyright protection37PENANABPvF7UjAWL

I am always Fiyori, through and through. My son's name is Silas, meaning forest because my heart will always be there running wild and free; but it is also here beating loud and strong beside my beloved as I hold my young son with his black curls and deep brown eyes. He looks so much like his father. Walter.copyright protection37PENANAzzoibMdu2d

And our love? It is still the same, growing stronger even as we learn more about each other. The future is uncertain, of course, but I am sure our love is forever. This year and next year. Countless minutes. A billion days. Centuries and centuries. Timeless. copyright protection37PENANA05s2OowKWq

A note from the author: Firstly, thank you so much for reading! This material and all other material from the Unbroken series is copy written, so please be respectful, as I am sure you will. Enjoy.copyright protection37PENANA6ygBdovxZs

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