May 8, 2017 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures

For a while, after leaving Akana and the other Moon Faeries, the duo simply walk in silence. They are back in the void of space, where there’s darkness beneath WooFZee’s paws and stars speckling the horizon. The world around them ebbs and flows, so there are moments where the stars seem almost blindingly close, and other times they seem so beyond far away in the distance.

“I don’t know if this is a good idea,” says WooFZee, but it’s more to fill the silence than anything else. “We don’t even know how to get to this asteroid belt.”

“She gave us directions,” huffs MeaZea, pulling the yellowed map out from her satchel. She opens it up, holding it out in front of her. There’s a language that she doesn’t understand written on the side. The runes seem very strange to her. “I don’t know what all of this means, but I can read the lines easy enough. We just…need to keep going north.”

“North,” mutters WooFZee, with a flick of his ears. “That’s specific. Do you see any way to figure out which way is north? Because I don’t know about you, but this place just looks the same to me.”

MeaZea points at a bright light above them. “That’s the North Star. As long as we can keep it in our sight, we know that we’re going the right way.”

And so they walk onwards, chasing after the North Star. Though the rest of the sky grows and changes, this one stays as a fixed point. And, eventually, a new shape can be seen in the horizon. The asteroid belt is a strange thing, floating above MeaZea and WooFZee.

In reality, the asteroid belt can be located in the Milkyway Galaxy. It’s found between the planets Mars and Jupiter, where the greatest concentration of asteroid orbits can be found. Here, though, the asteroid belt appears to be super imposed into a vast nothingness, where even the light of the stars refuses to go.

WooFZee asks, “how do you think we get up there?”

MeaZea has to crane her neck to look at the strange thing. “I’m not sure. I guess…We’re walking on nothing now, right? Maybe there’s a staircase made of nothing, hidden somewhere near here.”

“Invisible stairs,” grumbles WooFZee, flicking his ears with irritation. “Great. Because that’s exactly what I want to get stuck looking for. How do you propose we find these hidden stairs?”

“Guess?” MeaZea gives her companion a sheepish grin.

WooFZee asks, “the map doesn’t say anything?”

MeaZea holds the map up again. “It does, but I can’t understand it. These runes muse be in some sort of lunarian language.”

“Well,” says WooFZee. “Try harder. I can’t go wandering around space looking for invisible stairs without some sort of direction.”


Katelynn E Koontz – Author