Адаптированная книга на английском языке «Hercules By the Sword by Christian Williams». Аудиокнига на английском.
Holix sat on a rock above the beach and watched the white sea birds. He always came here when he could get away from his work with the horses. He looked at the rocks on the beach, near the water. Dangerous rocks.
‘A serpent’s teeth,’ he thought.
It was not a nice thought, but Holix knew there was something out there. Everybody knew it, but nobody talked about it. Holix turned round and looked at Jax, and at the red-haired sisters, Cire and Sana.
‘Be happy, Holix,’ said Cire.
‘Yes, don’t sit there and be sad,’ said Sana.
Jax was tall with black hair. ‘Holix isn’t sad,’ he said. ‘He’s thinking important thoughts.’
Cire looked out at the sea. ‘There’s nothing out there, Holix,’ she said.’Only water.’
Holix looked at Jax, and Jax smiled.
‘He’s thinking about the festival,’ said Cire.
‘Must we talk about that?’ said Jax.’After tonight, we’ll not get time to think about anything but the festival.’
‘He’s right,’ thought Holix. ‘For the next week I must work hard with the horses. They must be good to look at, and work well.’
He saw a small fishing boat, far away across the water. ‘Is it exciting out there?’ he said.
Jax laughed.’More questions!’
‘I like to know things,’ said Holix. ‘Tell me, what happens to the queen of the festival after everything finishes?’
Nobody answered him.
‘She — she goes away,’ Jax said, after a minute. ‘She usually doesn’t want to stay here after something as important as that.
She usually goes off to see the world.’
‘Why?’ said Holix. ‘It’s beautiful here.’
‘That’s a country boy speaking,’ said Sana.
Holix said nothing. He was a country boy, but he was good with horses. His boss knew that.
And suddenly he knew something. ‘The people Cire and Sana work for talk to the men on the council,’ he thought. ‘They want one of the two girls to be Summer Queen!’
He looked across the sea again. ‘Something moved out there!’ he said suddenly. ‘Not the boat, but
Cire looked out across the sea.’I don’t see anything.’
Holix looked again — and the boat was not there now.
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