"The Trouble with Magical Beings" (A Fantasy) Chapter 7
“Okay, does anything below look familiar to you Shale?” Naia asked the little robot.
Shane looked down but all he could see were tree tops.
“No, how big is this forest?” Shale asked in awe.
No one knew the answer to that question, Magic had created this world and magic hadn’t provided any of them with a map.
“I don’t know but I wish we at least had a compass,” Daniel said to Naia.
Naia nodded and wished for one and was completely surprised when one actually appeared in her hand.
“Here’s a compass,” she said proudly as she handed it to him.
“Does it work?” he asked surprised.
“It’s pointing north what else should it do?” Naia asked seriously, she wasn’t upset by the question, she understood the concern for her magical ability.
“No, that’s all it’s supposed to do. Thank you, Naia,” he smiled happily and looked down at the arrow’s direction.
“Okay, follow me,” he said as he turned his horse to the northern direction.
“We’ll find the end of the forest going this way first and if North isn’t where your home is, then we’ll go back and try going South.” Daniel told Shale.
“Then we’ll go East and then we’ll go West,” singsonged Jenny thinking this was so much fun.
The little group soon came to the end of the tree covered forest going north and what was beyond it appeared to be a cove. There were tropical palm trees and a coastline of sand and beyond that cove was a massive ocean.
“That doesn’t look like where my home is,” Shale told them sadly.
“Don’t worry, we’ll just turn around and go southward,” Daniel told them but just as he said this heavy storm clouds suddenly appeared all around them and lightning flashed too close to the horses and lion spooking them and they quickly descended downward with their riders holding on tightly.
They had to find protection from the storm. They didn’t want to land on the open beach so they flew as close to the tree line as they could while looking for a safe place to shelter until the storm blew over.
“Over there, that building. Let’s go under there,” Daniel yelled over the now torrential rain and the squalls of wind that was slapping them in their faces.
“I’m scared,” the little robot said shaking in his hopefully, rust proof body.
“Don’t be scared, we’re going to be safe,” Daniel flew behind making sure they all made it to safety to the building ahead.
The building turned out to be a little band shell off the beach. It didn’t give much cover to them on the stage but they found it had a trap door in the center. They opened it and it led down to an area below the stage that comfortably fit them all.
“Its dark in here,” Jenny complained, not liking the dark. Boots sat next to her and she hugged him tightly to feel safe.
“Can we have a light?” Naia wished out loud but again her wish was only partially granted.
The tiniest lantern appeared in her hand giving minimal light, but it was better than total darkness she decided and wished three more times. She passed out the tiny lanterns to the others and as they held them it lit up only their faces but at least it broke the darkness.
The sound of the rain hitting the stage was not comforting but as it died down they all began to relax. Finally it sounded like the rain had stopped.
“I think the rain stopped,” Naia said and volunteered to go up and check the weather conditions. She opened the trap door and peeked out and her eyes widened at what she saw.
“Oh no,” she whispered.
“What’s wrong?” Daniel asked her.
Being curious by nature, Jenny scooted past her brother and went up the ladder to the trap door and squeezed herself out next to Naia.
“Oh my goodness,” Jenny’s tone showed her astonishment.
“What is it?” Daniel demanded as there was no more room for him to see for himself.
"There’s no more forest,” Naia told him.
“Yes, it’s all beach now on all sides.” agreed Jenny.
Daniel had to see what they were seeing.
“Can you both go up onto the stage so we can all come up there to see?” Daniel asked.
Naia and Jenny both climbed out onto the still wet stage to make room for Daniel and Shale to climb out. The ponies, stallion and lion quickly flew up after them.
Everyone now stood the on the small stage staring out at the changed world around them.
The new landscape made them all unsure of what was in store for them.
“Be aware the magic will change for no reason but that it is magic,” Daniel mumbled, “That’s rule number five.
“Yes I know,” Naia slanted an exasperated look at him, “I am magic too…or at least part magic,” she mumbled as she was very much aware how magic could change.
“How do I get home?” Shale began to cry and Jenny put her arm around his little shoulders and told him no tot worry they’d find their way out of this somehow and get him home.
Daniel was proud she was being so thoughtful but he wished he knew how to make what she’d said come true.
“So what do you think we can do to get out off of this island?” Daniel looked at Naia and asked her.
“I don’t see any land out there, no telling how far we’d have to fly to find some.”
“We need a boat,” Daniel said with little hope that Naia’s weak magic could create one. He felt defeated and sank down onto the stage.
“I can help,” Shale spoke up, “I can be boat, I can’t be a jet but I am equip to be a boat. I can be your boat and we can sail me home!” he said proudly.
Daniel smiled thinking he’d be a pretty small boat, if he really could change.
“Thanks but I think we’d need a bigger boat for all of us to fit on,” Daniel told him kindly.
Shale jumped off the stage and walked to the ocean.
“Where’s he going?” Naia asked Daniel.
“Shale come back,” Daniel called to him thinking he’d hurt his feelings but Shane didn’t turn back.
“We’d better go after him,” Daniel said and just as they all jumped down from the stage Slane had reached the water.
“Come on board when you’re ready,” he yelled to them just before he turned into a large yacht that could comfortably fit them all.