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Copyright© 2012 by Yezall StrongheartZylena wiped the hair from her forehead, painting slightly lighter streaks on her forehead. Thedust in the air mixed with the sweat of her brow to become the art she created. As she sat leaningagainst the tree, the warm winds blew in gusts around her.
She could see them now, just a dot on the horizon. She stood quickly. Squinting into the sun,with a hand shading her eyes, she tried to make out more, but could not “
Time to face destiny.
Clapping her hands together, to remove the dust, she turned towards her village. Taking thequicker way, she jumped between rocks and slid in the dust and gravel, stopping once to look behind her, and then pausing to look over her village. The low one story buildings scattered over the landscape before her; all circling a large well in the center. Zylena watched as the peoplescurried about like ants. Jumping down one last time, she landed close to the back of her house.
“I see them coming, Mama.” Like a drifting breeze, she entered her home. She draped the light blanket she used to shade her face across a chair. A desert dweller with fair skin! A cruel joke to be sure.
“Then you better clean up, my love.” Her mother, Theola, looked up from her sewing,
They lived near the desert, it was arid; yet life could be seen everywhere. Mature trees, like theJoshua tree, many succulents like Datil yucca plants were plentiful as well as edible.Underground streams fed the well in the center of town and the underground systems suppliedeach home with water. The remote village of Seriton was small yet mostly self
sustaining. Thehouses were rudimentary but comfortable.Zylena took her mother‟s advice and headed for her room. Knowing she had at least an hour before they arrived she didn‟t rush. She looked in her mirror as she removed her clothes, is
thiswhat I really want?
The visitors came from very far away. They lived in the large city, Tivolty, on the other side of the desert. The group from Tivolty made the trip to the outlying villages approximately everyten years in search of girls who had a gift. A certain type of gift, that some would call magical.They searched for girls who had shown signs of being able to control an element; be it fire, earth,water, or wind. The men who had this gift were born only to women residing in the town of Tivolty, it was unknown why. They had to seek an element mate in the outlying villages whocomplemented the element they had full control of.If the two people were compatible, then the man would share a part of his power, making her control stronger. There was a secret ceremony which was never spoken of by the recipients.After which the girls could choose to stay in their own village or travel back to Tivolty.
“I just need a little more power!” A girl just outside the window called out, interrupting Zylena‟s