Sucked Into Another World Pt. 2

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(Image via Pixoloid Studios)

Lily Pliske, Writer

Jase, Amelia, and Jodi stared at the castle in the distance. It was huge, with towers that dared to pierce through the clouds. It was covered in flowers and plants, and looked right out of a fairytale. 

“Everyone seeing what I’m seeing?” Jase asked, tearing his eyes from the castle to look at his friends. Jodi and Amelia didn’t say anything, they just nodded as they looked wide-eyed at the castle. 

“I beg your pardon, but are you kids okay?” A voice behind them asked. Jase looked around, but didn’t see anything. “Down here.” They looked down, and there standing behind them was a duck wearing a green coat with colorful patches on it and glasses. His feathers were white as a cloud and he had eyes the color of chocolate. 

“Did that duck just talk?” Jodi asked, taking a step back from the creature. Amelia bent down in front of the animal, making herself eye level with it. 

“Hello my name is Amelia and these are my friends Jase and Jodi. What’s your name?” 

“My name is Emit of Green Weather.” The duck stuck out his wing and shook Amelia’s hand. 

“Well, Emit, could you be so kind as to tell us where we are?” Emit gave her a confused look. 

“You’re in the Kingdom of Thralia, dear.” Amelia jumped up, turning towards Jase and Jodi.

“I told you so!” She yelled, turning back to Emit. She pulled out the book from her bag and practically shoved it into his wings. “Can you tell me anything about this book?” Emit looked like he had just seen a ghost as he stared at the book. 

“You’re not from here, are you?” Emit said, looking up at us with confusion but also understanding. 

“How did you know?” Jase asked, bending down next to Amelia to be eye level with Emit. 

“This book is very old. It was used thousands of years ago by the great witches and wizards of the North and South. They would travel to other worlds, learning from the people they met, and the special one’s as they were called were asked to come back with them, but the book was taken, and as the legend says that only the chosen ones could bring it back home.” 

“Whoa,” was all Jase could say as he took the book from Emit. “So does that mean we are the chosen ones from the legend?” 

“I could not be sure. For that, you would have to see the council of Ostracon” 

“Can you take us to the council, Emit?” Jodi asked, her face filling with hope. 

“Yes, I can, but it’s going to be a journey. The council lives in The Great Oak Tree,” Emit pointed off into the distance. Jase could make out what looked to be an enormous tree. 

“How long do you think it will take to get there?” Jodi asked, looking down at Emit. 

“My guess is that if we go down to the town at the base of the castle to get food and then leave by tomorrow’s morning, then two, maybe three days if we get delayed.” 

“Okay, if we need to get supplies then we are going to need money,” Amelia said, putting the book back into her backpack. 

“Yes, we are and you are also going to need a change of clothes so you can fit in.” Emit pulled out a pouch and handed them each a few coins. “That’s about a hundred dollars each and should be enough to buy some clothes. Do you see that clock tower over there?” Emit asked, pointing to the clock tower. They all nodded, and he continued. “Meet up there, after you have gotten your clothes and I will get the food.” 

As Jase, Amelia and Jodi walked with Emit to the small town, the market came into view. There were shops lining the cobbled streets and stands filled with fruits and vegetables. There was a stand with bread and cheese and a stand filled with clothes. 

“Head over there and buy your clothes.” Emit said as he pointed over to a stand with piles of folded clothes. 

As Jase, Amelia and Jodin walked over to the stand with clothes people looked at them oddly. They definitely stood out in their jeans and T-shirts.

Amelia pulled down a dark blue dress with a Victorian medieval style that laced up in the front. 

“That would look pretty on you,” Jase said immediately, blushing and looking back at the white cotton shirt and pants he was holding. Amelia blushed and smiled. 

“Thanks.” She pulled a knitted grey shawl from a stack and boots. “How much will these be?”

“Two gold pieces and five bronze.” The old lady standing behind the stand said, holding out her hand. Amelia handed over her money and pointed to a wooden box with a curtain over it. 

“Can I change in there?” Amelaia asked.

“Yes of course dear.” The woman said turning to Jodi, who had the same dress but in green and a black shawl and boots. She paid the women, and Jase was next. As he turned to wait in line behind Jodi, Amelia walked out. He felt like the world had stopped. 

“Wow. . . you look, uh good,” Jase said, rubbing the back of his head. 

“Thanks.” She smiled, looking down at the ground as her face flushed pink. Jodi laughed under her breath as she walked into the changing room. 

After they were done changing into their new clothes, they walked to the clock tower where Emit stood with a bag full of food. 

“You guys look great,” Emit said, “I found a place for us to stay for tonight lets go.” They all walked over to a building named The Bee’s Knees Inn. Emit got a room key and led them down a hallway to room 17 and opened the door. 

There were two sets of bunk beds pushed up against the wall and a table in the middle of the room. There was a pea-green armchair that had stuffing popping out here and there. The setting sun shone through the window and Jase felt a wave of exhaustion wash over him. 

“You guys look worn, let’s eat and go to bed.” 

“Sounds good to me,” Jodi said, sitting down at the table and taking a bit out of an apple. When they had finished eating they all climbed into different bunk beds and went to sleep.

To be continued