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The Genesis Omen - Chapter ThreeStriding forward, I pushed my way toward the circle of hollering men surrounding the pair of thrashing, biting soldiers in the centre. I caught brief glimpses of the mayhem through the shuffling limbs and whooping calls of the crowd and caught the flash of strawberry blonde hair. An exasperated growl left my throat and shoving my way forward through the surrounding crowd, I began breaking through their ranks to get to the centre. My suspicions had been confirmed: that was my recruit in there alright and today I was not in the mood for leniency!
Squaring my shoulders, I shoved my way into the surrounding crowd of shouting soldiers. I wasn't gentle. Some noticed my presence immediately and let their bawdy expressions ice over, moving quickly away from the fray so as not to be condemned along with it. But others were so consumed by their blood lust at the sight of the fight that they didn’t even see me until they were trying to make a swing for me. One tried to push me back b
The Genesis Omen - Chapter Two“About bloody time, Bleak! If this were a battle we'd all be bloody dead by now! Now get yours arse in here and shut it!”
Fighting the urge to roll my eyes, I took up my place around the table beside the other Captain's. Colonel Raymond Zen (or 'The Old Bear' as he was known) was at their head. Our fearless and brutish leader, the acting Colonel of The Seventh Emissary Regiment scowled across the table at me. A monstrous man, he was know by all for his skill and brutality both on and off the battlefield. A living legend, anybody who was of influence within The Order knew of The Old Bear's legendary prowess for killing men. The long-standing commanding officer of The Seventh, The Old Bear had been in charge since I'd first joined The Seventh and there were very few men left in the world that I could compare him to. The Old Bear had been a very large part of my life for almost as long as I cared to remember. I had fought and killed under his command for seven lo
The Genesis Omen - Chapter OneI jolted awake.
Blinking heavily, I felt myself swaying on the spot as my vision began to focus through the darkness. The air was humid and sticky and there were goosebumps trailing along my skin as I flexed my muscles. Spindly grass moved beneath my bare feet, thick with a sprinkle of morning dew. The cold sensation beneath my feet was stark against the heavy air and finally things focused. Outside. I was outside.
Swiping a hand over my face, I rubbed away the last of the sleep from my eyes and widened my stance to keep from falling over. It took a moment for me to recognise where I was. The soft nicker of horses came from behind me and gathering my bearings, I looked toward the row of tethered horses. They looked up at me from their rest with curious doleful eyes, grumpily roused from their sleep by my presence. Turning back, I looked out over the sea of peaking triangles; military green tents. The sounds of sleeping men occasionally broke through the stifled silence, snores and the
The Genesis Omen - Prologue"Bleak," my brother asked. "why did Mam go away?"
Kicking my heels against the rusted matte of the old jet fighter, it took me a minute to realise just what he had asked me. I was a little taken aback; Bright and I almost never spoke without arguing and if there was anything important that he wanted to talk about, he went to Da. I was the last person Bright would normally ask about something important - and certainly not about Mam.
For a minute I considered telling Bright to just go and ask our father, but something stopped me. If anyone had asked me why I would have said it was because Grey was away hunting and I had nothing to do until he returned, but really it was something else. Thinking back two days previous with a twinge of shame, I couldn't help but think about what Da had said. Not once had Da ever yelled at me before; whenever I did something he didn't approve of (which was often), all it took was 'the look' to bring me into line and seemingly all was forgotten again. But so
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