The Crier

Gayle stuffed her head into her pillows, trying desperately to ignore the sound of the bell. Damion had been up every day before sunset, waking the whole village while he was at it. As the bell continued to echo through the streets, the town crier, Alexa, began calling out her morning greeting, “Orcs spotted in Dearfeld, ten miles East of Sabin.”

As the message repeated, the pillow grudgingly lifted from Gayle’s head, allowing her to decipher the information. Ten miles from Sabin. They were getting closer every day. Farmers had started bringing in the harvest early and stashing it in hidden locations. Just yesterday, Mrs. Ling had asked Gayle to build her family a secret bolt hole in case orcs came calling.

Sighing, Gayle sat up, sliding out of bed to prepare for the day.

July 8 is International Town Crier Day. While becoming a town crier may not be on the menu, take a moment to appreciate the arrival of timely, accurate news in a time when news is often anything but.

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