Desert Raiders: A Short Story

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. Once the men saw look at the figures, they knew what they were: desert raiders. All three rushed to their bags the presented their weapons, but when they turned around to stand their ground, they were each met with two bolas being launched at them, which tied around their torsos and legs. They all fell to the sand, almost completely immobilized. As he struggled to gain freedom, Kader cursed, “Fight us like men, you damn cowards.” Once the desert raiders were directly in front of the trio, the descended from their camels and calming stepped over them to take their food and water. Though, surprisingly, they only left Fatima’s gourd of water saying, “We will not be so wicked as to leave you with absolutely nothing.” Amar and Kader became irate, …show more content…
Fatima feels like the heat is getting to her head as she sees a hooded vulture flying towards her. She straightens up as the vulture lands on top of her camel’s head. She dizzily stares at the bird as it stares back at her. “What do you want?” The bird slightly tilts its head and says, “Do not trust. Do not sleep. Hear the merchant.” Fatima’s eyes gape open as she leans in towards the bird. “Did you just talk,” she quietly whispers. “Do not trust. Do not sleep. Hear the merchant,” repeats the vulture. She rubs her eyes, and stares back at the vulture, who continues its gaze upon her. Suddenly, Kader appears in front of Fatima’s camel with his club and radiant smile, and fiercely strikes the vulture off the camel’s head. Fatima is visibly shaken by this sudden action, while Kader calmly yet sternly says, “You shouldn’t interact with vultures. They can seriously harm you.” She frantically nodded her head in response as Kader returned to his camel in the front. Amar slows down his camel, so that he can be side-by-side- with his sister. “What was that all about, Fati?” “I don’t know. But I think I have an idea of what it was.” “He didn’t hit you did he?” “No, he just hit a bird that was on my camel.” “Of course, he would never harm you. He’s completely in love with you, and good thing he got rid of the vulture for you. It’s hard for you to kill anything. You can’t even kill a beetle,” Amar

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