Dancers from left to right:
Sita (ratling), Arajee, Binjo
In this scene, the rat family have their last dance together before they separate.
Here's another scene of another novel I'm going to write. Arajee's story is pretty sad but at the very end of the novel, ends well.
A group of clans escaped the cruelty and oppression of Steekta and established a settlement were they would live free of tyranny. In the struggle, one of the heroes was Arajee (female rat in middle) Afterward, she married Binjo and mothered a son and two daughters.
But Forjan, one of the leaders, changed over time and broke the promises he made to the clans and slowly enforced strict laws. He even had a wall built surrounding the city so that no rat can leave. Arajee was quick to notice these changes and spread word of it. Forjan then had Arajee closely monitored by the Kaon Police.
After her only son Rangari (7) was forcibly taken for training to serve the army, Arajee rebelled and even went as far as speaking publicly against Forjan. Seeing her as a threat to his dictatorship, Forjan had Arajee separated from Binjo and forced her to remain with her own blood clan as was the new law.
Knowing it was safer for her daughters Sita and Ti Keia, she had them stay with Binjo. He was known as a suspected traitor so for their safety, he didn't tell them he was their father.
Things got worse for Arajee as her clan was arrested for stirring up revolutionary ideas and movements. They were confined to the working camp and prison. For years, Arajee never knew what became of Binjo or her three children. All the clan could do was wait for a chance to escape the prison working camp by breaking through the wall itself.
The time came suddenly when an earthquake struck the region and crumbled a small portion of the wall by the working camp. The clan found this exit and hid it until they made a diversion by setting a blaze to the fortress Kaon.
They made their move and escaped the work camp and city altogether. By that time, Arajee was aging and her vision was already fading.
Arajee escaped at 51 when Sita was 21 and Ti Keia died at the age of 20, shortly after giving birth to her son Silfang (adopted by Sita)
That's the prologue. The story focuses on Sita as she tries to lead her clan to sanctuary. Meanwhile tempers flare as the struggle for leadership challenges her safety and the safety of her daughter Te Ranji (5).
I tried to be brief with the prologue. So much for that.
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