TITLE: The Search for the Charm Keepers
GENRE: YA Fantasy
The clouds, billowing and gray, raced low above the Keahlah harbor where four passenger ships swayed in the icy depths. Charaka stood on the pier watching the tide crash against the distant cliffs. Foam hissed against the jutted crags.
Restless, Charaka turned his gaze from the sea and scrutinized the crowded shore. One by one he scanned the faces of his fellow islanders; friends, family, neighbors and strangers alike, as they dashed about the dock. With calloused hands and mournful hearts, they loaded the ships with crates crammed with their every possession.
Charaka searched until his eyes rested on his wife, Marris, and their two small children as they waited to board The Kayan Memory, the largest of the fleet. He smiled a solemn, pensive grin as Marris fidgeted with the lace on her skirt. She’s nervous. He thought. She always does that when she’s afraid.
Meanwhile, his children; five year old Aphra and three year old Layelle, ran among the frenzied bustle unaware of the danger ahead; void of any thought beyond the moment.
Aphra chased his sister and yanked her long golden curls. Three-year old Layelle stuck out her bottom lip and smacked her brother’s shoulder, which only made Aphra howl with laughter.
Charaka frowned at his son’s thoughtless behavior then a gentle hand fell upon his shoulder from behind. Startled, he turned.