Becoming Josah Evermore
Michael John Mayweather watched his brother brutally murdered, only to be captured and sold as an indentured servant by the very same people. His new life began on the Molly Red, a tall ship owned and operated by Captain Munro Evermore. After eight years of living with another family, he learns that his father passed away. Now, he is to return to Rylie Glen, but as Josiah Evermore, no longer Michael John Mayweather.
The youngest son of Lord Rando Braedon Mayweather, Michael John has always lived in Bon Abbi. His mother, Lady Silvi Willa Mayweather, died giving birth. Lord Rando tried to nurture his youngest son. But managing Bon Abbi took more time than he realized.
Michael John and his brother, Nolan Baye, were close despite being six years apart. He watched his brother grow in stature and confidence. The people of Bon Abbi drew to depend on Nolan Baye when his father wasn’t available.
Soon, Nolan Baye had little time to spend with Michael John. What was he to do? Never realizing he had an unspoken need to bond, Michael John found it easy to be with Evelyn Miller. Her father was a trusted advisor, and they were always at the manor.
Evelyn played harder than most boys in Bon Abbi. There were plenty of times when they argued about something. But Evelyn was always quick to resolve the problem. Michael John never acknowledged that one day his nobility would separate him from Evelyn.
To Michael’s surprise, Nolan Baye decided to go to Mercil to study for a year. Mercia, the largest city on West Mainland was known for its schools. He was to take his father’s mantel as ruler of Bon Abbi when the time came. Lord Rando, encouraged by the decision, made all the preparation for his eldest son.
During his studies in Mercil, Nolan Baye met Ayla May Garren, from a financier family. He wrote his father announcing his intention to marry Ayla. He would bring Ayla May and her father to Bon Abbi by planting season.
Lord Rando announced the wedding plans to the townspeople. In a few weeks, planting season would begin and a wedding to occur. There was a festive mood throughout Bon Abbi, anticipating Nolan Baye’s arrival. Buildings were freshly painted, roofs rethatched, and the main square decorated.
<p>Spring came early, early yellow cups bloomed with the promise of new life. A carriage made its way to Southport, waiting for the arrival. It would be several days by the time Nolan, Ayla and Her father arrived in the city. Finally, Bon Abbi celebrated the return of the cherished son of Bon Abbi.
The city square filled with shouting townspeople, rejoicing with Nolan’s return. They led the carriage to the manor, cheering as they left the carriage. Nolan offered his gratitude before continuing to a quiet celebration in their home.
After an early meal, the two fathers made their way to a library, working out the necessary details. The wedding would happen in early summer, providing enough time for Ayla’s family to arrive on the island. A few of Nolan’s friends stopped by to invite him to an early hunt.
The next day, Nolan Baye went out early with a hunting group. As the morning sun burst into the new day, Ayla May went out to the city square. But she was not alone. Three young men were there, two holding on to their horses. One drew a bow, pointing an arrow at the young girl.
To this day, no one knows their entire conversation. Ayla May acknowledged that she was to marry Nolan Baye. Without warning, Luka Dey Robion, of the ruling family of Casselberry, shot his arrow. Ayla was struck in the heart. The three men left her to die in the square.
As people made their way into the square, they found Ayla. A few went to the manor to tell Lord Rondo what they found. The two fathers ran to the square. Lord Garren demanded justice as he carried his daughter back to the manor. No one saw what happened or heard anything.
When Nolan Baye came back with his hunting group, Lord Rando told him the news. Michael John wept for his brother as he heard the loss in Nolan Baye’s cries. He wanted revenge, but his father tried to reason with his son. There wasn’t a way to know who murdered Ayla, he would say.
Nolan Baye refused to hear his father. The colors of the arrow feather were those of Luka Dey. He would confront Luka Dey. Nolan knew Luka Dey would make his way to Cornor in Southport. Michael John couldn’t believe his father wouldn’t defend his brother. So, he grabbed a knife, went outside. He would follow his brother Nolan Baye.
Evelyn waited for Michael John and urged him to stay. He was too young to ride out, she reasoned. Michael John took one long look before running out of the city toward the Plains of Vandeer.
He would take the short route to Southport. If he made it through Filgore Valley before dark, he would be fine. But Michael John couldn’t outrun the day. Shadows appeared as he made his way through the valley. He thought of the stories he heard about the Dragoons. They were big and black, with a bobbed tail, and hunted as a pack.
Michael John heard some muffled cries. It was a young Dragoon pup caught in a trap with a wire around his front leg. He removed the wire. But rather than running away, the Dragoon drew closer to Michael John.
He tore his shirt to bind the wound. By now, darkness made it impossible for Michael John to continue. He had to spend the night in Filgore Valley.
Morning came, and so did the Dragoon pack. They watched as he released the young pup, who kept coming back to Michael John. One final push and the pup joined the pack. The leader made his way to Michael John. He dropped his face to the ground and cried, pleading not to kill him. But nothing happened. When he looked up, the Dragoons were gone.
Michael John made his way through Filgore Valley safe and sound. It didn’t take him long to get to Connor or to find Nolan Baye. He had drawn his sword and called Luka Dey to answer for Ayla May’s death.
In minutes, the two companions made Nolan Baye drop his sword. Luka Dey ran his sword through Nolan Baye as they held his arms. Michael John screamed and ran towards the three young men, brandishing his knife. With a swift kick, Michael John fell backward. Luka Dey struck him with the hilt of his sword. He tried to stay conscious, but overwhelmed by grief, he slumped to the ground.
When he came to, Michael John was in a dark room. His upper right arm was stinging, and he could smell flesh burning. A tall man, Captain of the Molly Red, announced the boy was now servant 5477 in service to the Evermore ships.
They led him through the Southport docks and onto a ship. Michael John wonder about his father, and the death of his brother. Where was he going, and would he ever see Evelyn Miller again?