TITLE: Where There Were Deserts, I Saw Fountains
GENRE: (YA) Science Fiction
Joni and Kelly have just run away from a monster in the woods and have been found by Sierra, who they believe is a spy, but do not yet know that he is not of their world.
He shushed them and nervously pulled them away from the mob. He then spoke quickly.
“What are you doing here? What happened?”
“It was some kinda mammoth jaguar thing! It just tore through the forest!”
That was Kelly, relieved to find a familiar face.
“What are you doing here? What’s going on?”
That was Joni, suspicious at Sierra’s sudden appearance.
Sierra answered awkwardly, “We must leave this locale. The police may ask questions and I do not know what you will be able to tell them.”
“What was that thing?” Kelly whispered at Sierra.
“What did it look like?”
“Like a mess of trouble! Thirty feet tall, and shaggy with a flat tail. It took off sprinting through the trees!”
Sierra thought for a moment
“It might have been a pismire.”
“A pismire???” said Kelly.
“Yes, a high body with long legs? Herbivores, but very territorial, I believe.”
“What are you doing here, Sierra?” asked Joni, steering the conversation back to him.
“I was in the area when I detected the disturbance, but I could not determine its nature.”
“Why were you here?” Joni asked, red with anger. “What’s so special about this area? What’s your part in all this? Where’s Redpoll?”
“Redpoll? The woman you left with? I do not know. All I know is that there was an illicit operation of the AGA, and then you suddenly leave, and then a pismire shows up. Why did you use the machine?”