Chapter Six – A Brutal Awakening
They sneaked out of their house and they tiptoed to their barn, where they peeked in; Ellard first, then Jorn and then Tillie, and suddenly Ellard froze with a mixture of horror and shock on his face. As Jorn looked, he seemed to lock his eyes onto the horrific sight. There, in the other side of the barn, they could see their crops, and also the Tangata Manu and their mother, on the end of a sword.
Jorn had presence of spirit to put his hands over Tillie’s mouth when a suppressed scream could be heard leaving her throat, while Jorn’s own anger was boiling with the raw need to revenge his mother.
Ellard pulled them both back off the Tangata Manu’s view and put his finger over his mouth as if to say, “Shhhhh”, and pointed at the smallest of the Tangata Manu, which was sniffing around and slowly stepping towards them. Ellard touched Jorn’s arm to contain him and murmured: “No Jorn, not now! Let’s creep out. It’s the only thing we can do.” And soon they were zooming as fast as they could, dragging Tillie that seemed to be in a zombie and unresponsive state of mind.
They finally found a little hide-out in the woods, where they dropped to their knees, helpless and crying. “What are we gonna do? Who will help us? It was my fault! I brought Antaris to our home!” cried Ellard. “It’s not your fault Ellard, you didn’t know, it’s their fault, those Tangata Manu did this, not you…” sobbed Tillie.
Suddenly, Ellard was standing up, his face pale and confused. “What? Who said that?”
Jorn and Tillie stared at him trying to understand what was going on.
“We have to go! Now! They are coming! They know where we are; we have to get out of here now!” Ellard warned as he started sprinting away, pushing Jorn and Tillie with him.
“How… who… how do you know?” asked Tillie anxiously.
“Antaris, he, I… I can hear him… I think he is talking inside my head…”