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Posted November 3, 2012
Posted November 3, 2012
THE SECRET OF CASTLE HILL (please leave a comment)
My eyes flew open to find myself sprawled on the ground. My head throbbing, I slowly got to my feet. I looked around, wondering how long I had been here.
The ground had caved in on one side, making a kind of cave under the oak tree. The sides were pretty steep, and I wondered how I was going to get out.
I saw the dead robin and my bow in the corner of the cave, and I picked them up. The bird was a bit dusty, but still edible. I shoulder the rickety bow, summoned my determination, and groped for a handhold.
I pulled myself up, reaching for a rock jutting out of the wall, but it crumbled, making me loose my footing. I slid down to the bottom of the pit, muttering under my breath.
I tried again, testing each foothold carefully as I climbed up. I climbed pretty far without falling, but then my foot slipped again. I regained my balance, searching for another cleft or rock to grab onto.
Suddenly, another hand grabbed mine and began to pull me up and out of the pit.
I dusted myself off, muttering, "Thanks," before turning to see who had helped me.
A boy about my age with dark brown hair and dark eyes stood before me. He was wearing something you might have worn a thousand years ago, defiantly not something in style right now. A quiver of green-feathered arrows was slung over his shoulder, and I saw that he also had a long hunting knife and a silver bow. I frowned, reconzing him as Logas, who was not the person I would have picked to rescue me. If Janred finds out, he'll be teasing us forever.
"Are you okay?" He asked.
"I'm pretty sure." I replied.
Logas glanced at the pit, frowning.
"Er, I'll be heading home now." I said quickly.
"I'll see you later." He called after me as I sped away. I glanced over my shoulder to wave, but he was gone.
I shrugged, then turned around and dashed off.
Soon, my house was in sight and I slowed down. Aunt Brolli met me at the door.
"I was just about to send Janred to look for you! What took you so long? And this is all you could find?" She said.
"Uh, yah. There wasn't much out there." I lied. No need for anyone to find out what REALLY happened.
"Hmm. I'll send Janred out later. Now you go get washed up, you're covered in dirt." She responded, taking the robin and heading for the kitchen.
I glanced down at my hands to see she was right. I turned and headed in the opposite direction.
But I kept wondering... why were the initials J and A carved on that oak tree? I decided that I was going to find out.
"You okay, Alora? You've hardly aten anything." Aunt Brolli fussed. I stared down at my plate, which held a meager helping of robin.
"I'm not hungry." I said, truthfully. Between my worries about tonight and my adventure in the forest, I didn't think I could eat anything.
"You sure you don't want that?" Janred asked.
"No, you can if you want."
"Thanks." He said, and quickly wolfed it down.
I stood up. "I'm going for a walk in the woods." I declared.
"Okay, but don't go to far. And Janred can go hunting once you come back."
To myself, I thought- "and I need to be back in time to leave with Jalock."
"I won't be long." I said, stepping into my boots and heading out the back door.
I headed for the forest, thinking that this might be a ridiculous idea. I shrugged my thoughts away. I was determined to know who had written the letters on the tree.
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