<Sqwauauqaqaqaqaq> The dich, animals similair to chickens, cried out at dawn. Their cry, as usual, started everyone's day by waking them up. Most people in the fortress either went to work or sat to admire the sun rise from behind the mountains that surrounded the valley. However, Malik was not like most people. Malik was an introverted 14 year old boy who shared his home with two parents, a newborn brother, and three sisters. As a result, he was forced to do the morning chores that most boys do with brothers alone. Unfortunatley Malik was a little smaller than most other boys and had a hard time doing most of the chores. For that reason he was used to waking up earlier than everybody else to finish the morning chores on time for breakfest. His chores usually included watering the family plants and trees, feeding the family baghel, used like we would use mule/horse, running to the fortress barn to get dich eggs, submit any surplus gained to the fortress storerooms, and spread/mix manure with empty fields for the family to plant in for the next season.Unfrotunately, Malik's parents did not have any extra craft skills to make a living off of. As a result, Malik's family were considered among the poor families of the fort. Fortunately, no one in the fortress went hungry due to the extra supplies were issued to the those in need. Despite the many setbacks in Malik's life he did not hate his life. Malik was unusually smart for a boy his age, and he had a very creative imagination. So he was able to entertain and distract himself by thinking about things to pass the day without feeling depressed about his life. Malik was not the only one who had a hard time. His sisters Eman, Tasnim, and Layla had to cook and clean for everyone. They also had to brush down the baghel, and their other responsibility was shopping for the house supplies which was hard since they had todecide what they needed, but they enjoyed it anyway. Malik's mother, Salwa, was occupied by her new born son, Malki's brother Alai. His Father Sief did most of the work. His Father did most of the yard work, he was responsible of repairing most damages caused by storms that often hit their home in the winter, and he worked at a big farm. Today, however; changed Malik and his Family's normal morning schedule because today was the Harvest Festival that comes on the last week of the harvest and Autumn. On this day the Fortress farming area was a very busy area. People were busy measuring plants, testing fruits, vegetables, and animal products for quality, and having a good time in general. Items for the winter were bought during this festival as well making most of the fortress crowded in this area. The state of Malik's family prevented him from having the week off like most other boys, and he would stare enviously sometimes when he was getting dich eggs, or when the rare occasion came when he would submit surplus in this week. Since Malik was among the poor families he often would be jeered at by the boys and girls in the wealthier families. Sometimes he would insult them back because it amused him to see others frustrated and angry. This festival was not any different for Malik because the wealthy kids all gathered just to make fun of poor kids like him.
" Hey Malik" shouted out the son of a big farm owner "You should taste some of this, it is delicious. Wait I forgot you can't afford it!"
This remark was followed by laughter among the wealthy kids, but Malik did not have time for a smart remark because he still had much work to do. However, he misjudged the stiuation by thinking that if he keeped quiet they would leave him alone.
"Where you going?" said another wealthy kid aggressively "you'll miss the festival, and I insist that you stay" This was followed by some more laughter, but Malik kept walking as he ignored their remarks as best as he can.
"I said I insist that you stay" said the same boy while trotting towards him.
"Sorry, but unlike you I have to work" said Malik still walking without giving the wealthy kids as much as a glance.
"Not today you're not" said another boy as the group moved toward Malik.
Malik started to walk faster, but as he was doing so the wealthy kids ran to surround him.
"Today you're not going anywhere, and by the time we're done with you you won't be able to "work" for a week" said another kid in the group.
Malik was not afraid of fighting. He has fought many times, and succeeded because he was faster and he outsmarted his enemies. This time, however, he was surrounded by wealthy kids who all wanted to beat him up....
I cut out some of the chores.