Chapter 1: Taya & Emma

This is the first chapter of my book!  Hope you like it!

Chapter 1: Taya & Emma

“Ouch! Taya, I don’t think this is a good idea.”

“Of course it is. We’ve always wanted to go on a hike through the woods, and now is our chance! So don’t worry, Em, OK?”

“Please stop calling me Em!”

“Okay, okay. I’ll stop calling you Em. It is a nice nickname, though.”

Taya and Emma trudged through the woods, hiking up the rocks that they encountered.

“Do you see that, Taya?” Emma questioned, with a strange look in her eyes.

“See what?”

“The purple mist. And the trees are also lighter. Are we getting to the end of the forest? We’ve been hiking for hours!”

“We’re almost there, Emma. Just about half an hour and we’ll be at the other side.”

“Okay,” said Emma reluctantly, “But I think we’re supposed to turn around now. I have a funny feeling about this. I don’t think we’re even close to the end of the forest.”

Taya reached a sapling, stood next to it, and pointed to the light that shone from one of the trees. “Let’s go to that tree, and we can sit down and have a snack. Are ya up for it?”

“Sure, but maybe we should go to the other tree, the one over there.”

Emma pointed to a tree that was a few yards closer.

“Are you scared, or what?”

“I’m not scared, Taya. I just have this feeling that we shouldn’t go there.”

“Okay, Emma, we can go to that tree. But we’re still going to keep on hiking after our break, okay?”

“Sure,” mumbled Emma. Her stomach felt queasy, and she lay down on the forest floor. All of the snack bars in Emma’s backpack thumped to the bottom and got a little smooshed.

“Get up, Emma. You’re supposed to be sitting up and taking a rest, not taking a nap on a mushroom.”

“I’m only dizzy, that’s all.” Emma closed her eyes and took a deep breath.

This was very unusual for Emma. She was the kind of girl who would never lie down on a mushroom. Emma was acting very strange ever since she had ‘seen’ the purple mist. Or was it actual mist? Taya got on her knees and gently touched Emma’s hand.

“Ow!” Taya pulled back her hand. Emma was burning up! Taya was really scared now.

“Uh, help? Could someone help me? Please?” The only sound Taya heard was a faint hum. Taya picked up Emma, who was still sleeping, and carried her to a silver-gray rock. The humming was louder. “Sounds like some sort of machine,” Taya thought, picking up Emma again. Emma was lighter than her seventy pounds. She felt more like five pounds, and Taya could carry her with ease. Striding toward a tree that seemed to glow, she quickened her pace.

The tree was farther away now. “It should’ve been closer,” mused Taya. She walked faster. But the faster she walked, the farther away the tree was. All of a sudden, everything darkened.  Taya stumbled over a stone and fell to the ground. Reaching for Emma, Taya limped to another glowing tree, and wrapped her arms around it. Taya closed her eyes, and thought of home. Her mom, dad, sister, and little brother. When she opened her eyes, Taya wasn’t hugging a tree. She wasn’t even hugging anything. But what worried her was that there was no Emma. Emma was gone.

 

Taya looked around. The sun was beating down on Taya’s back, and Taya was turning her head this way and that, still searching for Emma. No Emma. Taya swerved around this way and that, but there were still no signs of Emma. The only thing Taya could see was purple mist. Purple mist! Was it the same mist that Emma saw? “Coincidence? I think not,” thought Taya to herself.

“Are you lost?” The sudden voice startled Taya. She whipped around to find herself face to face with another girl. This girl had long emerald-green hair that went past her waist. Her green eyes sparkled with amusement as she looked at Taya. “So, are you lost?” asked the girl. “No,” responded Taya.

“What’s your name?” asked the girl.

“Taya. What about you? What’s your name?”

“I am Arianna Jade, of the Mountainous Tribe. What tribe are you from?”

Taya didn’t know what to say. She just stared at Arianna, trying to think of something. Arianna spoke after what seemed like ages.

“You must not be from around here, or else you would’ve answered sooner.”

“Uh, yeah. I’m from Colorado,”

“Colorado? Where is that?”

“Never mind, Arianna. You wouldn’t get it, anyway,”

“Okay. Would you like to come to my village? It will be dark soon, so you will want to travel fast. Would you like me to show you the way?”

“Uh, sure,”

“Just follow me!”

Taya had to run to keep up with Arianna. By the time she got to the village, Taya was exhausted. A young girl greeted Taya and Arianna. She looked just like Arianna, just shorter. She grabbed Arianna’s hand, and was trying to pull her toward a cave.

“Come on, Arianna! Let’s go! Daddy isn’t home yet, so let’s play! We can go exploring! Pleeeeeeeeease? Let’s go!”

“Stop it, Amelia! Go pester Skylar or Elianna. Not me!”

“Okay!”

The young girl ran off and tackled another girl with long blue hair. Taya could hear the girl with blue hair yelling at the other girl to stop. Arianna interrupted her thoughts.

“That’s my little sister, Amelia. She’s seven, and always pestering somebody. The girl that she tackled is Elianna Sapphire, Amelia’s best friend. They always hang out together, but don’t get along well. Amelia always tackles Elianna when they seem to be getting along just fine.”

“Is there anyone else I need to know, or have I met everyone already?”

“You’re not even close to meeting everyone. These people are only a portion of the Mountainous Tribe, and there are two other Tribes besides. So no, you haven’t met everyone.”

“Okay…”

“I can introduce you to the Tribe leader, Queen Hailee Diamonda. She is overly kind to everybody, especially guests. She’ll like you. I just know it,”

“Really?”

“Of course! The last time our Tribe had a visitor, it was Mara Onyx, of the Mystic Tribe. Queen Hailee treated Mara with honor, hosting a special banquet for her. You are just as nice as Mara, and Queen Hailee will appreciate that.

“Are you sure?”

“I just gave you two reasons, and that’s not enough? Come here, and let me take you to her cave,”

Arianna grasped Taya’s hand and dragged her toward a dark cave. Once Arianna got to the entrance, she took a stick and whacked it against the side twelve times. After waiting for about thirty seconds, twelve thumps resounded, and someone started walking.

Taya saw something shiny. No, it was a lot of shiny things. She cautiously stepped back from the opening to the cave, a little fearful of what was coming.

 

Here’s the title of Chapter 2!

Chapter 2: The Diamond Banquet

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