This is the first draft of something I've never done before. Please be respectfully brutal.
Kala is a care-free, slightly rebellious girl living a slightly less-than-normal life near the boundary of the magical land conquered by her people when they migrated from the Old World. Orphaned at a young age, she was raised by her uncle; a retired soldier in an Elite army formed by their king to protect his kingdom from the native population. Kala, alongside her cousin Audri, are responsible for the care and keeping of her uncle’s homestead in his absence.
As his absences become more frequent, Kala and Audri begin to suspect that trouble is afoot.
One evening Kala, neglecting the chore of overseeing the chickens during their time out of the coop, finds that the rooster has gone missing. Her search leads her to the edge of her property where a mysterious shadowy figure is approaching. Kala runs to the house and locks the door. Not wanting to call attention to her juvenile negligence, she says nothing to her sleeping cousin and instead stands guard by the door until she falls asleep. The sun rises and Kala’s cousin awakes. Kala is sure she will notice the absence of the rooster and is about to confess when a crow rings out, announcing the day. Through the window she can see that the rooster has somehow made his way back to the coop. Shortly after uncle returns to gather the year’s crops and take them to be sold at the market. He leaves them with weapons forged with the intent to kill non-human creatures, and this warning: Stay together, and be home before the sun sets. Never before has he given such a solemn warning, and the girls begin to speculate as to whether his trip into the king’s city is truly about the selling of wares at the market. They are deep in the middle of such a discussion, while eating lunch in their childhood treehouse when they spot another suspicious figure lurking at the edge of the forest. Against Audri’s wishes, Kala pursues the figure. She is in denial of the fact that it is curiosity, and not a desire to protect their property, that motivates her. Blinded by the darkness of the woods, she is soon captured and marched to a clearing where she discovers that her captor is an elf named Cain. Waiting for them is Cain’s brother, Azlyn, who is outraged by her capture and takes it upon himself to return her home. As he escorts her, Azlyn drops subtle hints that he knows more about Kala than she suspects. He also explains his brothers haste is the result of a family tragedy: Cain’s son has been injured and needs immediate help. Upon seeing Kala’s property he realizes that the tree their treehouse lies in contains a healing property that can save his nephew. Kala agrees to distract her cousin while he collects what is needed. Just before they part ways, Azlyn says something that stuns her:
“Your mother would be proud.”
His words linger and spark a curiosity in Kala that drives her to seek him out again. She discovers, through Azlyn, that her parents were part of a rebel group called The Alliance who sought to unite the mystic breeds and overthrow the human king. Azlyn takes her to her mother’s grave and tells her that her mother died at the hands of Kala’s uncle, and that her father is still alive. Kala returns home, heartbroken, only to find that Azlyn has followed her. He stays with her as she cries and confesses his love for her. The two continue to see each other secretly, even as Kala and Audri receive word that war is coming, and Kala’s uncle has been drafted despite his retirement. Meanwhile Azlyn’s brother, Cain, vocalizes his disapproval of Kala and Azlyn’s romance. He goads his brother into bringing Kala before The Alliance and admitting his relationship with her. As Kala prepares for her journey, she is confronted by Audri. Desperately wanting the best of both worlds, Kala tells Audri of her relationship with Azlyn. An argument ensues, but Audri seems to extend an olive branch when she tells Kala to take their horse with her. On the way to the Alliance, Cain corners Kala and tells her that Azlyn is deceiving her. That he is the heir to the elven throne and sought her out at the bequest of Kala’s father, with the implied promise that when the kingdoms were united Azlyn’s marriage to Kala would gain him monarchial status. Kala storms off from the camp and confronts Azlyn, who is infuriated by his brother’s meddling and tries his best to reassure Kala that his feelings are genuine, and that he had hoped to limit her involvement in the political aspects of The Alliance until she had made the decision to join it herself.
The two find that Cain has left the camp, and continue the journey alone.
At the meeting of the Alliance, Kala is introduced to the world of mystic creatures. She meets Azlyn’s father who is an outcast in spite of being king of the elves. His right-hand, a witch named Eoma, prods Kala’s mind to determine her intent and discovers that she and Azlyn are bonded. She cautions the Alliance to accept Kala, and not to meddle in the affairs of the Fates.
Kala also discovers she has a half-brother; Nykolas, the son of Kala’s father and a wood nymph. His conception is considered scandalous and he is not entirely welcomed even among the rebels. Kala returns home and resumes her double-life. Audri does not confront her again, but is standoffish. The king’s messenger brings word that Audri’s father will be coming home on leave. Kala seeks out Azlyn to warn him. Unbeknownst to her, the message was a trap. Her uncle had been aware of her relationship, and was using her as bait to catch Azlyn.
Azlyn, in turn, was followed by his brother Cain whose jealousy and bitterness turned to hatred for his brother. When Cain encounters Kala’s uncle he is overcome with rage and kills him before fleeing into the uncharted territory.
Kala mourns her uncle and brings the news to Audri, who neglects her health before disappearing. Shortly after Audri’s disappearance Cain’s son comes with a message: An army is coming and Kala must flee. The two of them do not make it far before the king’s men capture them. Kala is sure they are bound for death when, in the middle of the night one of the soldiers frees them. It is Kala’s father, impersonating a soldier. The three of them escape into mystic territory and meet up with Azlyn and others from The Alliance before being overtaken by the king’s men. Azlyn instructs Cain’s son to take Kala and hide, hinting that there is something more important than just her life at stake. The two flee to a cave where Cain’s son struggles to keep Kala hidden as she is determined to fight alongside Azlyn. After convincing her that she would be a hindrance and not an aid, they lie down to sleep. Kala dreams of the ongoing battle, seeing the mass carnage as the Elites defeat The Alliance. She witnesses the death of Azlyn and hears Eoma’s voice telling her to run. When she awakes, Cain’s son confirms that he was given the same vision and the two of them escape into the wilderness. After the battle, The Alliance sends word to Kala. Their forces have been depleted and there is discord among the races. She is not safe with them and must instead hide among her own people.
Kala also discovers what Eoma had already known. She is with child. Being that the child was sired by an elf, it is expected that she will inherit the genetic knowledge of both her bloodlines. Their child is the key to uniting their people and must remain hidden until she is old enough to access the knowledge with which she is born.
Oh Geeze. I'm not sure why copy/pasting did that to the formatting.