June 15, 2017 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures

There’s silence for a very long time, as if the invisible creature is thinking very hard on the added addition. MeaZea and WooFZee hold their breaths; both of them stressed and concerned, for they know nothing about this strange creature, and they have no way of telling if this is going to go very, very wrong for them or if it’s going to go very, very good for them.

Finally, though, there’s a burst of shrill laughter. “Alright! Alright, I’ll take that deal! So, we play a game now? I love games. I know a lot of games.”

WooFZee, fierce and frantic, says, “we want to pick the game!”

MeaZea curls her fingers tighter into the giant wolf’s ruff of fur. “That’s fair, isn’t it? This was our idea, after all.”

“And it’s my home,” sniffs the invisible creature. “I’m going to pick out the game, and that’s that. You shouldn’t try to argue with me, silly things. I’m far too good at debates to lose!”

MeaZea and WooFZee trade concerned glances, but they have no choice in the matter. The invisible creature will pick the game.

Again, there’s a very long lapse of silence as the invisible creature picks out a game. Finally, she says, “I can always tell the truth, so we should play a truth game.”

WooFZee doesn’t bite back a growl this time. “We can’t tell if you’re playing the truth. That game wouldn’t be fair.”

“Life isn’t fair,” answers the creature. “But you shouldn’t worry too much, sillies. I’m not able to lie, either.”

MeaZea says, “we don’t know if that’s the truth, either.”

“Life isn’t fair,” repeats the invisible creature. “You just have to trust me, I suppose. Isn’t that fun? Everyone should have a bit more trust in each other!” When the creature is met only with glowers in response, it gives a hefty sigh. “Oh, don’t look at me like that. I’m not going to change my mind! The game is actually very simple. We’re going to do something fun with it! You can ask me twenty questions, and each question must be something I can answer with a yes or with a no. If by the end of the questions you can guess what I am, then you win! If you can’t guess correctly, then you lose.”

MeaZea bites at her bottom lip. She asks, “how many guesses do we get at the end?”

“You can each have one guess,” says the invisible creature. “But then whoever guesses correctly is the only one I consider a winner. The other one loses.”

“That’s not fair,” snarls WooFZee. “We lose no matter what!”

“In a game of three, there are always two losers,” chimes the invisible creature, in a sing-song voice. “Don’t be so silly, wolf. You know that there is only ever one winner. I can tell.”

 

Katelynn E Koontz – Author