Again, I’m feeling uninspired by my stories…so for now, Solo is also on the waiting list.  Thanks to bottledworder, who liked Solo, Pinkii, who wrote one of the nicest reviews I’ve ever read, and to Cerulean, who gave me her verbal compliments.  Unfortunately, that’s enough to base a story on; you need to know what your audience is thinking, and if 2 of them are your close friends, you can’t really base it all on one person. (Not to say that you’re not amazing, bottledworder. You’re an incredible writer.) So again, I’m starting another story, and maybe this one will catch your attention.  It’s inspired from an Asian action movie that I was watching the other day. (Yeah, I know. Don’t judge.) It’s called Hope.


A young man, around the age of 20, turned around to face the speaker.  Noticing the white scroll clutched in the courier’s hand, he frowned and began to walk away.

“Tahl! You can’t do this again! This is the third time! If you ignore the summons again, they’ll kill you!”

“They won’t kill me. They can’t killme.”

The courier, a 17-year old boy, sighed and held the scroll out to Tahl.

“Just take it. Take it, read it, and go.”

I refuse to die for a country that killed my parents!” It came out more forceful than Tahl had intended.  The courier winced at his loud tone, but continued on.

“This village can’t continue like this.  We need a representative in the army, or the Empire will wipe us out.”

“Then why don’t you go? You’re obviously willing enough.”

The boy shook his head and held out the scroll again. “No one in this village could survive being in the army except for you. Please, Tahl?”

Tahl looked at the boy. “Will you take care of Malkir?”

The boy recognized it as a final request before Tahl would leave. “I promise.”

Tahl snatched the scroll from the boy’s hand and began to head home. “If she’s hurt in any sort of way by the time I get back, you’re going to pay for it, Luquen.”

The courier gave a nervous smile. “I know I will, Tahl. Good luck.”

“I won’t need it…but thanks anyway.”

And with that, the young man continued his walk home to prepare for his long journey to the Empirical South.


I know. It’s really short. But its has a lot of backround info that will become important later on.  For example…the Empire is threatening to destroy Tahl’s village.  There are couriers, so that should hit to about what time period they’re in.  Tahl’s parents were killed by the Empire…and Tahl is protective of a girl named Malkir.  Hmm, wonder who she is? Please give me your feedback. Please.



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