October 24, 2016 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures

Anywhere but here turns out to be a nearby plain. The grass grows in thick clumps of purple. It’s tangled and unkempt, like no one has been here for a very long time. The weeds tickle WooFZee’s stomach, and his ears give an uncomfortable sort of flick.

MeaZea looks over her shoulder, at the still burning cliffside. “I wonder what’s going on. This world – it’s strange, but that just seems unreal!”

“Nothing is unreal,” says WooFZee. “This place isn’t good. We need to leave.”

“You do,” says a small voice. “You need to leave right now.”

The words are drawn out, interrupted with small rattling and shaking. A massive diamond back rattling snake slithers through the undergrowth. The serpent parts the purple grass like it’s water, and there’s something in her eyes that is sharp and unforgiving.

“You must leave,” hisses the snake. “This world is breaking. All outsiders must leave!”

“Who are you?” WooFZee takes a step backwards.

MeaZea reaches for her katana’s, only to realize that the blades are missing. She yelps, “my swords!”

The snake says, “did you think I would let you keep them? No, those are not important. The only thing that’s important is getting you out of here before our world breaks completely.”

Hesitantly, WooFZee asks, “can you get us out of here?”

“I can,” says the snake. “Come.”

The serpent, named Thanata, goes first. Her massive body leaves a path in the tall grass, this twining thing that’s almost impossible to follow. She weaves her way in circles and turns, creating a crop circle in the purple grass.

MeaZea leans close to WooFZee’s ears. She says, “can we trust her? You know the most about this world.”

“We don’t have a choice but to trust her,” says WooFZee, firmly. “Snake – ”

“Thanatas,” corrects the snake, with an irate flick of her rattle topped tail.

“Thanatas,” grumbles WooFZee. “Where exactly are we going?”

“There’s only one way to get you out of here. We need to go to the Moon Cave. It has a portal at the end, that will let you out into the mountains. You’re mountains,” explains Thanatas. “They open into an underground pool. It’s like a mirror, of sorts. Equal reflections.”

WooFZee asks, “is it far away?”

Thanatas just gives him a serpentine smile. “It depends on how strong you can dream.”

 

Katelynn E Koontz – Author