“Oh no,” said the woman. “Not again…” I was shocked. Now, the creature had disappeared. “What do you mean, not again?” I asked. She rolled her eyes and exhaled deeply. “Well, if you really want to know, I’ll show you.” And so, we left on our journey to…. somewhere that I did not know.
When we got out of the police station, we sprinted out into the woods. And then came across a cave. We went in, but the woman had an uncertain look on her face. “Oh dear,” she mumbled, “oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.” “W-what’s wrong? “I asked. “Well, I had come here a long time ago, but I think I’ve forgotten the path.” So, we were basically lost, even though we had not even started yet. And we just guessed where to go. Eventually, we found a small stream and stopped there. “Whelp. I’m afraid to say that we’re officially lost.” she decided.
We slept there. Err, I mean, I did not, because I was too worried about bats. Anyway, the next day, I woke up feeling very hungry. The woman had some snacks in her purse which we ate. We had a friendly talk after breakfast. “Ma’am, what is your name?” I asked. “Me? My name is Miranda. And you?” she replied. “Oh. Right. I am Toni.” She nodded. We continued our journey, heading deeper into the cave. “Do you know where we are going?” I questioned. “At the end of the cave, there is a large door,” she answered. “If we get past it, then we might find your daughter. She is in Mae’s castle. Mae is a witch.” Miranda and I walked more until we saw a large sword. “Uh oh,” Miranda said, picking it up. “Mae’s guards roam the caves. And we must be somewhere near them.” I was very worried now. I did not think I would make it out alive.
“Freeze! I think he’s there,” said Miranda. She pointed to a man. He was wearing long, dark robes and had a sword in his hand. Unfortunately, the man saw us. We fell to the ground and played dead. He came closer to us and picked us up by the hair. We both tried not to scream, because the choices were hair loss or possible death. And the guard took us straight to the door and knocked. A dark, frightening figure (probably Mae) opened the door. “Well,” the figure cackled. “Look what we have here, a snack. Bring them in and place them in a metal pot on the fire, please.” I was freaking out. First, a knight captures us, and now we would be eaten alive! But Miranda acted and bit the knight! “YEOWWWW!! YOU TWO ARE ALIVE, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!” he yelled. But I was still playing dead. He threw me in the pot (which had boiling water in it. Ouch!), while Miranda was in prison. I would rather be in prison than die, so I screamed, and that knight put me in a cell, too. I saw that many people were here. And the worst thing – two people getting roasted.
The knight came back a few days later to let Miranda out of her cell. Miranda walked to that pot. And then: I saw Sam. Sam waved at me. She was still in her cell. And Miranda got thrown in the pot. I saw her skin turning darker in the water. I concentrated, and, I do not know how, but all the cells disappeared and all the prisoners, including Sam and Miranda, ran away. The guards got their swords out and chased us all the way out of the cave. But now we were back into the city, so they went to homes, knocked on the doors, and captured whoever answered them. All of us ran for our lives. What we did not know was that the knight was magical, and he made the ground beneath us crumble.
All the prisoners fell. This was a surprise, but none of us were hurt. Also, Sam fell right into my hands. “Oh, Sam,” I said. “I have missed you dearly.” She smiled weakly. “Thank you, mother. The prison was horrible. And so was Mae,” she replied. And then, just when all of us thought that we would make it out alive, we were trapped. Falling rocks crushed some people, unfortunately, and we were stuck under them.
The knight laughed and jumped into the hole with us. He looked at the crushed people, moved the rocks on them, and took them away. I decided to look for Miranda. I could not find her anywhere. “MIRANDA! Oh, Miranda!! Where are you?” I yelled. Whelp. No response from her. I assumed she had been taken away by the guard. I grabbed Sam, moved some rocks out of my way, and headed out on a new quest: to get Miranda back, if, of course, she was alive.
I was back in the cave. I heard screams and a faint cackling. And all of a sudden, the air smelled like smoke. I looked at the guard. He looked back at me and raised his sword. And then he came running to me. Instead of capturing me, he captured Sam and dropped off a man at my feet. The man had a beard and was wearing a plain shirt and pants. “Hello,” he said. “Is that your daughter, Sam? I went to the trial a few days ago.” I was shocked by all of this. Just then, the man gave me a light pat on the back, and I collapsed.
TO BE CONTINUED LATER….