May 14, 2020 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures
The light that floods out of the box is brighter than the sun. MeaZea shouts, surprised, and flings an arm up over her eyes to shield them.
The Man In The Moon says, “be not afraid. The eclipse has ended. Finally, the door can be opened. The cycle can begin again. You have done the world a great service, MeaZea and WooFZee, of the earthen realm. I am in your debt. Should ever you need the aid of the lunar calendar, I will be there.”
When the light clears, they aren’t in space anymore. They’re in the Frostbane Mountains, a familiar stretch of snowy mountains just north of Greenvale. An old, snow covered wooden sign announces their location.
MeaZea’s head is spinning. “WooFZee?”
“I don’t know,” says WooFZee. He shakes his head. It’s snowing, and there’s already a light dusting of white on his fur. “I guess that means we fixed it, and he got us home. I wonder – do you think much time passed here?”
“I don’t know,” says MeaZea. She braces her hands on WooFZee’s shoulders, leaning forward to get a better look around. The sky is filled with dark, rolling clouds. “We did a good thing though, right? I mean, we fixed it?”
“We wouldn’t be here if we hadn’t,” says WooFZee. Then, with a huff, “that was an awful way to say thank you.”
“Oh, please. You hate being thanked, anyway. Is – look! There’s something in the snow over there!” MeaZea points out a glittering silver object. They rush over to it, and she picks it up, letting the chain dangle between her fingers. “It’s a clock! I don’t think it works, though.”
WooFZee says, “that must be from the Man In The Moon. I guess he did thank us after all.”
“How does it work, do you think?”
“I don’t know,” answers WooFZee. “We probably – “
A large crack cuts them off. In the distance, a large piece of stone is zapped by what looks like black lightning. It slides off the side of the mountain and into the chasm below.
Someone prances about on the cliff above where the rock was, and then vanishes, scurrying off into the white void of snow.
MeaZea and WooFZee exchange looks.
“We should check that out,” says MeaZea.
WooFZee tells her, “you need a hobby.”
But WooFZee starts towards where the person had been all the same.
MeaZea laughs. She puts the watch-necklace on for safe keeping and tells him, “you’re silly, WooFZee. Helping people is my hobby.”
Katelynn E Koontz – Author