Eeauna

Emma Lin

Emma Lin

Second Place Winner; Age 8-9 Category. San José Public Library | Fall into Fiction Contest, 2022

An arrow whizzed through the clear blue sky, nailing the orange cliffs. A grim look painted over her pretty face, a girl sent one arrow after another, and not one missed its mark. The girl had pitch black hair that flowed like the tides of the ocean behind her, and round, dark eyes. She wore a sky blue ring around her forehead, a sapphire shining like the sky itself pinned in the middle. From the precious jewel sprung two dove feathers that were as white as snow. They matched the white linen robe that the girl wore. Over the robe, she wore a brown leather jacket, matching her brown leather boots to perfection.
"Daughter of the Chief!" The new voice echoed through the orange stone cliffs. A broad-shouldered man jumped out from behind the rocky ledge to the girl's right. He shouted, "Women are not allowed to shoot arrows among our tribe! Put the bow down!" He pointed his spear at her. "And you know it, Eeauna!" Before Eeauna could react, she was being hauled back to the village.
Her dark hair flowed like the tides of the ocean behind her as she stood proudly on top of the drum-like raised platform. The bells to signal the banishing ceremony rung throughout the quiet village. The wide-eyed people gathered around the platform and waited for Eeauna to apologize.
But when Eeauna did speak, she stood tall, and declared proudly, "I do not care about being banished. I must ask, why do you not allow me to shoot my arrows?"
Then her father, Chief Eewanis, spoke in a sad, but firm voice. "Daughter, I am disappointed in you," he said.
"How could you be disappointed if you never cared?" asked Eeauna, turning her back to him. "You care only about the loyalty of your people. You care more about that than about your own daughter." Then she spun on her heel, and her dark hair flowing like the tides of the ocean behind her, pushed the brush away to enter the treacherous woods.
"Eeauna, no!" cried a young man with brown hair to match his shiny eyes. A tear rolled down his cheek as he called for Eeauna to come back, but Eeauna turned and left him, and all her childhood life, behind.
"I cannot come back here if it is not my place," she said sadly. "Thank you, Eedordan, for our childhood friendship, but the happy times all fade away someday." And as she walked into the woods sadly, she could still hear Eedordan calling for her to go back and stay with him. But before she could think about it, a black bear twice her size loomed over her. She grabbed an arrow without thinking and let it fly. The wounded animal growled and lunged for her. Then her world went black.
Under the protective cover of the dark treetops, Eeauna lay motionless. When she woke up, she knew that she could not stay in the woods any longer. As she walked further, the trees became smaller and blocked out less sun. The moss and dirt beneath her were replaced by tall yellow grass, wavering in the wind with pleasure. Eeauna's sadness leaked away as she walked. She felt cheerful for the first time since she was banished.
She lifted her head to gaze at the sight before her, and saw a large building, larger than any of the clay huts in her village. The white roofs on top of the red walls shone brightly under the sun. And most surprising, in the pastures around the building, beyond the grazing cows and horses, there was a young man with shiny brown eyes and brown hair. He seemed oddly familiar to Eeauna. Curiously, Eeauna stalked towards him. "Eeauna?" the young man turned around, and Eeauna recognized the familiar face.
"Eedordan!" she shouted, running towards him with her arms open. She embraced him tightly, tears of happiness streaming down her face. He hugged her close and let her tears fall on his shoulder.
Then a man with blond hair and pale skin stepped out of the red building. He wore a matching yellow sun hat and shirt, and over the shirt he wore a blue overall that was the same color as his eyes. He wore brown leather shoes that rustled when he walked.
"This was my childhood friend, Eeauna. I was searching for her when you found me in the woods," explained Eedordan. "Eeauna, this is Elmmer, the farmer."
"You are welcome here," said Elmmer. "And I allow you to do as you wish freely."
The sun shone brightly on the green meadows as two arrows whizzed through the sky, side by side, and nailed the spinning windmill. Eeauna's dark hair flowed like the tides of the ocean behind her as she smiled and pulled Eedordan close to her, like the childhood times.

Second Place Winner; Age 8-9 Category. San José Public Library | Fall into Fiction Contest, 2022

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