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HAFREN:A FANTASY FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART   Craig Dressler         1
CHAPTER ONE   The stars sparkled in the winter sky as Shuh and Ufh plodded along. Thespongy earth took concentration to tr...
and talkative. Now, though, concentrating to remain upright he kept silent.   Without warning the earth gave in; the compa...
Stout-hearted was abbreviated to Shuh.”   “How about yourself?”   “ My father was constantly tripping over me, so Underfoo...
“Yes, absolutely,” Shuh replied a little perturbed. “Now, be quiet.”   Under his breath Ufh mumbled, “I think there’s anot...
their knife-sized swords. Upon reaching the ceiling Shuh immediatelybegan knocking peat away with his sword. This horridly...
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The back cover reads: "The invasion of Hafren has begun. Two youths are thrown into the fray attempting to thwart the invasion of their homeland."

One witch who happened to read this fantasy was not happy with it because of the Christian worldview.

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  1. 1. HAFREN:A FANTASY FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Craig Dressler 1
  2. 2. CHAPTER ONE The stars sparkled in the winter sky as Shuh and Ufh plodded along. Thespongy earth took concentration to traverse; one false step and their threefoot frames tumbled over. Not that the ground hurt, but righting themselveswas tough. Their chunky frames contained power in the legs; nevertheless,with little upper body mass and little firm footing the problem persisted.Shuh’s cream-colored face nearly glowed in the twilight. (Because of theirotherworldly look, they were often shunned by others.) It was little wonderthat the Huh were considered touched by the gods by those who avoidedthem. Ufh, on the other hand, was an anomaly: small-eared, dark-skinned 2
  3. 3. and talkative. Now, though, concentrating to remain upright he kept silent. Without warning the earth gave in; the companions plunged into thedepths and plopped onto the harder soil 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?” a perplexed Ufh asked. “Nothing but go on,” Shuh responded. “It was our own stupidity that…” “You mean travel in a garrow burrow?” Ufh interrupted excitedly. “Areyou crazy?” “What choice do we have?” Shuh answered. “We’re in luck. It looks asif the burrow heads west, at least at first.” “But what if we meet up with it?” Ufh ask somewhat frightened. “We shall see what we see,” Shuh replied philosophically. “Courageous but foolhardy,” Ufh responded. “Well, if it must be, leadon.”They set out. “By the way, how was it you came by the name Shuh?” Ufh inquired.“It’s an unusual one.” “When I was little more than a toddler, I faced down a Rotty pup over abiscuit,” Shuh began. “The story got around my ward, and, eventually, 3
  4. 4. Stout-hearted was abbreviated to Shuh.” “How about yourself?” “ My father was constantly tripping over me, so Underfoot I became,”Ufh answered. “Ufh is, of course, the shortened version.” Chuckling, Shuh picked up the pace and left little chance forconversation. On the harder surface the faster strides were easy to maintain.Though the burrow meandered a little, it kept generally to a westerlydirection. About an hour later the burrow began zigzagging to avoid the roots oftrees, and a peculiar rhythmic sound pervaded the burrow. Shuh’s largesensitive ears perked up. He stopped suddenly; unaware Ufh slammed intohim. “Watch it!” hissed Shuh. “Sorry,” Ufh whispered. “Let’s notch one of these roots, climb up anddig out of here. We must be in Crawh Forest.” “No, wait!” Shuh emphatically replied. “There’s a strange sound upahead. We can get closer and stay concealed.” “But what if it’s the garrow?” Ufh nervously asked. “That noise isn’t a garrow,” Shuh quietly responded. “Are you sure?” questioned Ufh. 4
  5. 5. “Yes, absolutely,” Shuh replied a little perturbed. “Now, be quiet.” Under his breath Ufh mumbled, “I think there’s another reason youare called ‘Shuh.’” Proceeding cautiously for a short distance they stopped almost directlyunder the pulsating, chanting sound that could now be clearly identified. Above the ground hundreds of hump-shaped beings swayed to the chant.Their orange eyes glowed in the firelight. Grotesque protusions coveredtheir bodies like leprosy. A huge creature twice the average size stepped outand raised a hand. The chanting subsided. With his other hand he flung anobject into the blazing fire. The fire roared up to a brilliant pitch almostmatching the frenzy of the chanters. Fear gripped Ufh as he leaned close to Shuh and whispered, “It’s theHorroh. They’re getting ready to attack.” “Yes, yes,” Shuh answered softly. “How did they get here so soon? Wemust warn Knoh. No, we must stop them.” “Sure, may our feet destroy thousands but not in one battle,” Ufh quietlyresponded. “If you think we can stop this bunch, you’re cracked worse thanMt. Crumbh!” “Listen, here’s what to do,” Shuh replied. And so locating the nearest root they set to work making footholds with 5
  6. 6. their knife-sized swords. Upon reaching the ceiling Shuh immediatelybegan knocking peat away with his sword. This horridly dirty workcontinued unabated for some time. Still fearful of what they were attempting Ufh interrupted by saying,“Don’t you think we’ve dug far enough?” “Naw, we’ve got at least five more feet to go,” Shuh confidentlyanswered. A few more feet, though, and a mass of humanity broke through andtumbled down on them. In a few minutes they were trussed up and brutallythrown into a tent reeking of smelly feet.The preceding is an excerpt from the Christian teen fantasynovel entitled Hafren: A Fantasy for the Young at Heartwhich is available from the Lighthouse ChristianPublishing website by clicking on the following link: http://lighthousechristianpublishing.com 6
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