The Journey of Jimnny Renn
They had been walking on bedrock for days. Jimini hadn’t seen a single bush or an animal in all that time, and he wondered how much longer they could live out here. The last jug of water was full, but it wouldn’t sustain all of them for very long. They had a couple of days at best and one day’s worth of food left.
Jimini looked over at Aurri and saw him shiver. It was cold in the desert at night, and that was when they kept moving because they wouldn’t get hot and sweaty, which just made them drink more water. Aaruth was smart when it came to conserving the water supply and because of him, they were able to have days more water than they would have otherwise.
Miron must have noticed Aurri shivering too because he took off his coat and handed it to Aurri. Aurri started to shake his head, but Miron said, “Just take it, kid. You need it more than me.”
Jimini frowned at Miron, who just looked over at him and winked. “Remember your promise, Miron.”
“Yeah, yeah. Giving the kid my coat isn’t a declaration so just calm the fuck down. Notice I used the word kid there.”
Jimini had noticed and was glad for it. Miron had promised to keep his hands off Aurri if they let him come with them. It was a good thing they did because Miron was big and able to carry several more jugs of water, even more than he drank alone. He also carried most of their food, so including him in the journey had probably saved their lives. At least so far, although Jimini was starting to worry about just how much longer they would last. This leap of faith they had taken might just get them all killed.
All four of them had discussed it at length. It was Jimini who had protested the most. Jimini didn’t need the cascading waters the way that Aurri seemed to. That burning need Aurri seemed to have wasn’t something Jimini understood, but he had been willing to take the chance. Aurri’s little adventure had led Jimini to the best thing in his life, so he decided to trust him on this journey as well.
Now Jimini was wondering if they would all die before they found the cascading water or at least a city with a well. Any form of water would be a blessing.
Jimini felt Aaruth take his hand. “It’s not much farther, right Aurri,” Aaruth said and squeezed his hand gently. Jimini looked over at him and smiled, although the carefree attitude he had in Haven City had long since disappeared. “Not much farther, Love.”
“We should be coming upon it any time now. Perhaps it’s near those trees,” Aurri said and seemed to sway on his feet.
“Trees?” Jimini asked and looked at Aurri. He was delusional and so dehydrated his mind was playing tricks on him.
“By the fucking gods,” Miron said in wonder and then grabbed Aurri. He let out a whooping sound and hugged Aurri to him, lifting him off his feet.
Jimini was so concerned with protecting his brother’s very young virtue that he didn’t even contemplate Miron’s actions as anything other than him touching his brother inappropriately. “Take your hands off, Miron,” Jimini said and grabbed his arm.
“Jimini, look,” Aaruth said and pulled on his hand, getting his attention. Aaruth pointed in the direction they were walking.
The moon was high and full and probably the only reason Jimini saw the dark shadow ahead of them. The leaves on a long tree swayed in the wind slightly. It was the stuff of books, unreal except he stared at it, so he knew it was real. The mountain just to the left of the stand of trees seemed to come out of nowhere, born up from the earth so suddenly the people who saw it assumed it had always been there.
Miron grabbed the water jug from Jimini’s neck and Jimini barely noticed him do it. “Aurri’s dehydrated. I’m letting him drink as much as he wants.”
“Yes. Yes, of course.” Jimini turned to Aaruth. “Do you think that’s it?”
“It doesn’t matter, Jimini. If there are trees, then there’s water, and I’ll fucking dig until I get to it if I have to.” The determination on Aaruth’s face reassured him.
“Isn’t it magnificent?” Jimini threw his arms around Aaruth’s neck and kissed him on the lips.
“I’ve never seen trees like that. Not even in books.”
“I’ve seen them in books. Ester had one with that tree. They have fruit we can pick and crack open. The fruit has water in it that we can drink,” Aurri said and handed the jug back to Miron. “This is the place with the cascading water.”
“According to the book, this is the place, Jimini.”
Jimini cupped a hand around the nape of Aurri’s neck and gave him a gentle pat. “I’m sorry I doubted you.”
“You had enough faith to agree to come.”
“Let’s go before things start getting sappy. I’m fucking thirsty and hungry and ready to relax,” Miron said. He crouched down and then said, “Hop on, kid. I’ll give you a ride there.”
“You are my faithful steed.” Aurri hopped onto Miron’s back and let him hook his arms around his knees.
“What the fuck is a steed?”
“It’s a horse. You need to read more, man,” Aaruth said and took Jimini’s hand in his. “I guess we get to settle down here for a while.”
“Make love next to the water,” Jimini whispered to Aaruth.
Miron started to run, and the jostling of it all made Aurri giggle. “It seems we already have two children to take care of.”
“Fuck you, Jimini,” Miron yelled without turning around. “Just wait until we get there and we can all go swimming naked. I’ll show you just how much of a child I ain’t.”
“By the gods, I think he’s serious,” Jimini mumbled to Aaruth. And then he yelled to Miron, “You will not get naked in front of my brother. I mean it, Miron. I’ll shoot you with Aaruth’s gun.”
Aaruth started laughing and then let go of his hand, wrapping an arm around his waist instead.
“If you show any of us your dick, Miron, I’ll kill you myself,” Aaruth said after he calmed down some.
“Yeah, yeah. I’m only joking. You people are too serious. This is supposed to be a good day. The best day.” Miron turned around and walked backward, Aurri still on his back. “We found paradise. Fucking enjoy it, already.”
Jimini looked at Aaruth and shrugged his shoulders. “He has a point.”
“By the gods, Jimini, I just thought of something,” Aurri said with a look of horror on his face. “What if they don’t have any books here?”
“What a tragedy that would be?” Jimini said with a grin.
“You make fun, but that is horrible.”
“You’ll make up your own stories.”
Aurri seemed to contemplate that and then Miron turned around and started walking forward again. “I’ll listen to your stories, kid.”
The farther they walked, the more Jimini heard a sound that got louder and louder. It took them a few minutes to reach the stand of trees, but once they did and stepped inside, Jimini knew paradise was the right word to use.
In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas.
As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.
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Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit her website at authoraprilkelley.com