My (third?) try at writing a story and posting chapters as I write them. Feel free to point out any spelling and grammar mistakes and please tell me if you like it.
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Don't give up. The Voice had been repeating itself for hours now. Don't give up. Don't give up. I thought I was going to go insane. I had been searching for what seemed like forever. Don't give up. This wasn't the first time I had heard the Voice. For years now, it had been in my mind, guiding me. By now my fellows thought I was in possession of some sixth sense, and that's why I had been able to avoid the humans for so long.
The truth was, whenever I was in danger, or at least close to it, the Voice always spoke, guiding me out of trouble, or away from humans. But sometimes… sometimes it was just too much. Like now. I was looking for another of my clan, Cal'ey. He had vanished several days ago while poking around near an unexplored area for food. The were five of us out right now, searching for him. Luck didn't seem to be on our side.
The Voice once again urged me to go on, and I pushed through a wall of foliage into a small clearing in the forest. There was a small pond in the centre, surrounded by torches. I shied away from the water, but then leaned forward, wide-eyed. In the middle of that pond, there was an ender pearl.
I stumbled towards the pond, my mind's eye full of what must have happened. Humans, they must have placed the torches to be able to see, and must have waited till Cal'ey was near the edge of the pond, and pushed him in! Then… then they must have surrounded him, making sure he couldn't get out of the water. But why didn't they take the pearl? Why kill him but not take the pearl?
I knelt down by the edge of the pond for a few seconds, then ran over to the edge of the clearing, searching for a stick, or something, that could lift the pearl up out of the water. It took me a while to find a suitable branch, but I did. I went back over to the pond, and lowered the branch into the water. I eased the twigs under the pearl, and lifted it up and out of the water. I quickly brought it over to dry land, and grabbed it before it could roll back into the water.
I cringed as the water still on the pearl touched my hands, burning them, but didn't let go. The water quickly dried up, and I got to my feet and started running back to the place we had agreed on meeting at the end of the night, a small valley surrounded by cliffs, with only one way to get either in or out.
I got to the valley in a matter of minutes, half running, half teleporting. I collapsed on to the ground as soon as I got there, sitting cross-legged. I held the pearl in my jet black hands, gazing into its deep blue depths. Why did something so beautiful have to be made only by death? It didn't make sense.
I must have sat there for hours, turning the pearl over and over in my hands. The next thing I knew was that it was starting to get lighter, and the others were coming back. They looked at me questioningly, and my only reply was to hold up the pearl.
There was a minute of silence, and the only things moving were the wisps of purple smoke drifting off our bodies. I lowered the pearl, sighing. "It was in a pond, surrounded by torches." I said, answering the question I knew everyone wanted to ask.
"Humans…" one of the others, Vaij, said. I nodded, and got up. We all turned towards the exit to the valley, and started walking. There was no question where we were going; it was going to be day soon, and we had to get back to the others, and shelter. None of us wanted to burn.
We were soon surrounded by thick forest. While it wouldn't save us if the sun came up fully before we could get back, we were all grateful for the cool shade the leaves provided. When we came to a clearing, we would all teleport over to the other side to keep the partial sunlight, hot on our skin, off of us.
The sun was almost high enough to burn us when we finally made it back to the large cave system our clan calls home. The only reason the humans hadn't driven us out was the fact that you had to teleport to get in. The five of us did so now, locating a small symbol carved into the base of a large cliff and teleporting precisely ten blocks into the cliff.
We materialized in a lava-lit cave leading to a large cavern. Walking down it, we soon came to the rest of our clan. They all looked at us expectingly. We stopped and I cleared my throat.
"He is dead." I said simply. There were muffled gasps from the crowd and I heard the word human repeated several times. "Yes," I continued, "Cal'ey was killed by humans." I held up the pearl for all to see. "I found his pearl in a small pool surrounded by torches, near the place the humans keep us from."
That, for some reason, caused everyone to shout out at once. Mostly insults at the humans, some out of sudden grief that they couldn't hold any longer. I waited until everyone had calmed down before continuing.
"His death shall not go unavenged!" I raised my voice, almost to a yell. "I and anyone who wishes to come with me shall venture to the human village and kill them all when the day is over! All who wish to accompany me, say "I!"
I winced as everyone responded. The thought of how loud everyone shouting at once could be had never crossed my mind when I had said that. "It is decided then," I said weakly, "we will all go!" Everyone murmured in approval, and set off to prepare.
I did so, also. Slipping the pearl into my backpack, I went off to my private cavern. Only one thing was certain.