Monday, April 20, 2015

SJ Maylee Week 147: A New Search

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Title: A New Search

Gabriella wandered through the rubble of yet another home torn apart by their ugly war. As a little girl, she’d dreamed of growing up and joining the Alliance, of bringing peace to the land. The ruin broke her heart, but the memories of all that could have been tore her in two.

She looked through the doorway of what used to be someone’s basement. If only they could find some sign the tribe had left the area before the fighting began, but the inspections hadn’t revealed anything new in days. She prayed they’d all gotten out since there didn’t seem to be anything left.

Her focus zoned out at the site of her shadow.

Maybe there was something to learn from what they were seeing. She pulled on a burned plant from the ground and it broke at the stem. The same dead bunches of scorched bushes were everywhere.

“Jamison, take a look at this.” She held out the burnt bush. “Is it possible this means this land has long been deserted?” Hope bloomed inside her.

“I think this is Salsola. The tribe would never have allowed this to grow so close to their homes.”

This was the sign they’d been searching for. She ran as fast as she could back to the ship, eager to re-enter the search algorithm. The tribe wasn’t lost. They just had to find them.


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SJ Maylee believes hearts are meant to come together and find love. As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together. You can follow her at @SJMaylee,


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