"The Trouble with Magical Beings" (A Fantasy) Chapter 6
Daniel woke up with a start, he thought he’d heard something outside the cave but he wasn’t sure what it was. He looked over and saw that Naia was awake too.
“Did you hear that it sounded like something very large hit the cave,” he whispered.
“Do you think the robots have found us?” Naia looked at the entrance with a worried expression.
Boot’s gave a low roar just before he got up and walked over to the cave’s entrance.
“No, I don’t think its the robots,” Daniel shook his head but his tone wasn’t all that convincing.
The large mushrooms still hid their cave from view but someone or something was prowling around outside.
Jenny woke up then and seeing her lion sitting by the entrance she looked at her brother and asked, “Is someone out there?”
We’re not sure,” Daniel told her, “but don’t worry we’re still protected in here. Aren’t we Naia?”
Naia stood up and walked over to the cave wall to touch one of the crystals but the cave wall was now smooth and crystal-less.
“Oh no, this isn’t good,” she said.
“Why, what is it?” Daniel asked as he walked over to her.
“It isnt what it is, its what it isn’t,” she told him.
"What isnt it?"
“It isn’t magic anymore, " Naia whispered sadly, "The cave has changed into an ordinary cave.”
“Why would it do that?” asked Jenny beginning to tremble with fear.
“The magic is moving and I think that means we should too,” Naia told them.
Another sound came from outside and this time they all heard it.
“What was that?’ Jenny whispered as she ran over to Naia and Daniel.
“It won’t get past me,” Boots told them as he crouched low before the entrance ready to pounce on anything that came through those mushrooms.
All three of them silently admitted they were glad that Boots was there.
Suddenly, two bright yellow eyes peered at them through a small space between two of the mushrooms and they all froze.
“What is that?” Jenny whispered stepping behind her brother for protection.
“Hello?” a squeaky voice said into the cave, “Is anyone there? I’m lost, please will you help me?” the pitiful voice begged.
“Do you want me to try to make it go away with magic?” Naia asked Daniel.
“I don’t know…it could be a trap, or it could really be lost,” Daniel stepped closer trying to see what it was peering in at them.
“How can we tell?” Jenny tugged on his arm wanting to pull him back.
Daniel straightened his shoulders and said, “There’s only one way to know for sure.”
“Be careful,” Naia warned him as she kept Jenny near her.
“No, don’t go out!” Jenny pleaded.
“I have to,” Daniel said decisively, knowing he was going to take the lead now, “It’s the only way to see what it is,”
Naia agreed, “You’re right, but I wish we still had those crystals. I was going to ask for another way out of the cave but then we all fell asleep, and now the crystals are gone.”
Daniel thought about that and said, “Maybe that’s why we fell asleep; maybe whatever is out there is part of this challenge.”
“Knowing my dad…that’s highly possible,” Naia sighed.
“Wait,” Jenny said quickly looking around, “I just remembered something…If this is still the mustang’s cave there was a wall that opened to another part of the land,” Jenny said hopefully., “Maybe we can find it and never have to see what’s out there.”
“Where was the wall?” Daniel asked as his eyes scanned the small cave, but he didn’t see any wall that looked movable.
“Hello, I can hear you in there. Please will you help me?”
Again the plaintive voice came from the entrance but this time a small hand extended in from the between the mushrooms and all three froze as they stared at it.
“Whatever it is, it’s small,” Naia said keeping her distance from it.
It’s small but that’s not a child’s hand,” Daniel said stepping closer to it, “it looks like…a tiny robot’s hand,” he sighed.
“Please I’m lost,” the voice said forlornly.
The plea for help was followed by a sob of despair and all three felt a tug of sympathy for the lost…whatever it was.
Daniel hoped he wasn’t making a big mistake when he reached out and took hold of the little hand and pulled the thing into the cave.
A tiny little blue grey robot stood before them, he was so small he didn’t even come up to Daniel’s waist.
“Who are you?” Daniel crouched down to ask it.
The little robot trembled because he was surrounded by large something’s and he took a small step back as he answered, “My name is Shale.”
“Hello Shale, I'm Naia, this is Daniel and that's Jenny," she introduced them all to the little robot.
"Hello," he said with a little metal smile.
"How did you get lost?” Daniel asked it.
“I was playing near the forest and wandered off looking for adventure and that’s how I got lost. Then I saw these large mushrooms and thought I could climb up on top of them to see my way back home but I didn’t see anything and then I fell off and landed between them and that’s when I saw the cave’s opening. So…will you help me get home?”
“I don’t know. Where is your home?” Daniel asked it with dread, thinking he already knew the answer.
“I live somewhere outside the forest but I don’t know which way from here,” Shale said sadly, “but I know I’ll be in trouble for running off, “ he started to sob softly and said, “I want to go home,” then he began to cry ever so loudly.
“Don’t cry,” Jenny said and being the littlest, didn’t have to bend too much to be on level with the robot as she said, “I know we can help you.”
Shale looked hopefully up at her. He felt he could trust her more than the other two things because she was smaller.
“Thank you, I was so afraid I’d never get home,” Shale sniffled as he told Jenny.
“Don’t worry about it anymore because we’re here to help you, right?” Jenny looked up at Daniel and Naia for their agreement.
Although no one knew exactly how they’d get the little lost robot home, or if they did manage to find its home…how those bigger robots wouldn’t capture them but even with that fear on their minds, they all agreed.
“We’ll try,” Daniel nodded, sealing their fate.
“Okay, no time like now to begin,” Naia said as she walked to the cave’s entrance and wished for the mushrooms to disappear but once again, her weaker magic only vanished half of them.
Naia scowled at the remaining mushrooms, “I can’t stand this wishy-washy magic!”
“It doesn’t matter,” Daniel tried to make her feel better, “We can still get out.”
“I know,” Naia sighed dejectedly,” but that’s not the point,” she mumbled as she walked her pony out of the cave.
Daniel’s Stallion walked himself out of the cave and Daniel followed.
“You can ride on my pony Shale, I have my lion Boots to ride on now,” Jenny told the little robot as she they walked out with both the yellow pony and her lion.
“Thank you,” Shale smiled and climbed up on the pony, which thankfully didn’t seem to mind the change of riders.
Boots lay down to make it easier for Jenny to climb up on his back.
“Okay, everyone stays together, understood?” Daniel said before giving the signal to fly.
Everyone agreed and Daniel said, "Let's fly.".
The horses and lion with their riders holding on tightly flew up into the bright morning sky.
I don’t ever get to fly on my own," Shale told Daniel, " I’m not equip yet my dad says, so this is sooo much fun, wheee,” he whooped happily as they few over tree tops.
“Just keep a hold on your horse; we don’t need you falling off, okay?” Daniel warned him.
“Okay,” Shale promised holding tightly on to the horse and giving Daniel his best metal grin.
“By the way, what’s your dad’s name?” Daniel asked.
“Granite, he leads the robots in our land,” Shale told him proudly and didn’t notice the worried looks from all of his fellow riders.
Daniel wasn’t surprised by the answer, he kind of expected it.