The stars sparkled in the sky as Shuh and Ufh plodded along. The spongy earth took concentration to traverse; one false step and their three foot frames tumbled over. Not that the ground hurt, but righting themselves was tough. Their chunky frames contained power in the legs. Nevertheless, with little upper body mass and no firm footing the problem persisted. Shuh's cream-colored face nearly glowed in the twilight. (Because of their otherworldly look, they were often shunned by others.) It was little wonder that the Huh were considered touched by the gods by those who avoided them. Ufh, on the other hand, was an anomaly: dark-eared, dark-skinned and talkative. Concentrating to remain upright he kept his tongue in check.
Without warning the earth gave in, the companions plunged into the depths and plopped onto the harder soil thirty feet below.
"Oh, by heaven, now we're in it!" exclaimed Ufh.
"Don't invoke our only hope," Shuh sternly replied.
"What's there to do?" Ufh asked.
"Nothing but go on," Shuh responded. "It was our own stupidity that..."
"You mean travel in a garrow burrow?" Ufh interrupted excitedly. "Are you crazy?"
"What choice do we have?" Shuh answered. "We're in luck; it looks as if the burrow heads west, at least at first."
"But what if we meet up with it?" Ufh asked somewhat frightened.
"We shall see what we see," Shuh answered philosophically.
"Courageous but foolhardy," Ufh replied. "Well, if it must be, lead on."
The preceding is an excerpt from the Christian teen fantasy entitled Hafren: A Fantasy for the Young at Heart. The novel got a great review from Midwest Book Review. It is available from amazon.com and from the Lighthouse Christian Publishing website fantasy page 2 by clicking on the following link: http://lighthousechristianpublishing.com/