TITLE: Into The Mystic Woods
GENRE: MG Fantasy
Claudio was playing his guitar when he heard the first scream. He stopped playing to listen closer. There was no mistaking the sound this time. It was Cassandra, his Cassandra, screaming. She was screaming his name, and the fear in her voice was palpable. His stomach churned with unease. He turned to his best friend, Francis.
“She’s down by the river” Francis said, reading Claudio’s mind. “Hurry, I’m right behind you.” The two tortoises dropped their instruments and ran through the woods towards the Grand Turquoise River. Rain began to fall slowly from the sky, slightly blurring their vision. It rarely rained in Glowmill Forest.
“Francis, I’ve never heard her scream like that before” Claudio managed to say as he tried to keep up with his friend. “I can’t let anything happen to her.”
“We won’t” Francis insisted. “Don’t worry; we’ll take care of her. She’ll be fine. Just keep running.”
“And why did the screaming stop?” Claudio asked. “I haven’t heard her voice since we left.”
“I don’t know” Francis admitted. “Perhaps she’s okay now. Maybe she fell into the river and became frightened.” He didn’t believe that. As soon as he said it, he knew Claudio wouldn’t believe it either.
“She loves that river more than anyone I know” Claudio declared. “She’s not the type to get frightened from falling in.” Francis knew this was true, and he made no reply.
The rain stopped, but dark clouds had formed over the forest and seemed to be following the two tortoises.