Some days, writing another 2,000 words on NaNoWriMo just doesn’t matter that much.
On the other hand, the darkest days are the ones that need some light the most, and “light” in this context would most certainly involve acts of creation and imagination. So at least getting a few words done, no matter what, might actually matter a lot. Even just 268 words. Tomorrow will be another day, to fight again.
While I normally put in a lot of internal links to previous, related posts here, I won’t be doing that for what I hope will be this year’s thirty NaNoWriMo posts. If you have jumped into or stumbled onto this story in mid-adventure, there are plenty of other ways to navigate around the site to find previous installments. Actually doing so is left as an exercise to the student.
CHAPTER TWELVE (continued)
“Hōkū, if the waves have truly brought you to me with the speed of a hawk at Kolohe’s behest, he will have given you a shell to share with me.”
“Yes, he has taught me that not all of the air are our enemies, nor are all of the seas our friends.”
“It is wise of you to have learned this. What is the danger that roils the seas around Kolohe?”
“He is pursued, soulless one. Two ships of metal, both with many small spawn have tracked him for many days. Kolohe has tried to evade them as he has so many times before but they have been relentless. Always they are able to know where he is and what tricks he has played on them. Kolohe fears that these ships have a new way of seeing him and him alone at a great distance.”
“Why does Kolohe believe that these ships hunt only him?”
“As we have learned from the stories passed down from the grandfathers of our grandfathers’ grandfathers, we have used the tricks for evading the enemy that have always been successful. These new ships ignore all other people of the sea and always close in on Kolohe.
“Where is Kolohe now?”
“To keep all other free creatures of the sea from being attacked or enslaved, Kolohe has run into the wilderness, far from shore and food, seeking to draw these strange new enemies away from our nest. He sent me to beg for your assistance. He said that you would be able to find him, save him, and protect him from this new enemy.”
(Chapter Twelve to be continued)