(AN: Hey guys, Lydia here; I’m open for some ideas for the next few chapters so please let me know)
I felt like time went by pretty fast. It was daylight again and Rocket was gone, the sun was shining on me. The window was also open; wait a minute… Rocket was gone, the window open. I started to panic a little, so I put my jacket and hat on and rushed out the door. Spy Rise walked by.
“Uh, hey… I just want to let you know-well-I mean-how should I put this? Ok… Rocket went missing, the window’s open…“ I said. He then interrupted
“It’s fine, it’s a kind of thing she does often, she leaves the house about 4 o’clock…” Well, ok I thought, she was only playing… What could possibly go wrong? Shake then tapped me on my shoulder, I turned around.
“Good morning, Venima… I was wondering if you wanted to come with me somewhere; how about my home town? The folks there are real nice…” He said. I nodded, and then he took my hand into his and led me outside. The sun was rising in the east like any morning you could expect. No clouds this time, just the sky. That’s great for the middle of summer in Skylands (Well, I do know some Geography, not a lot to be honest) Captain Flynn’s boat came along, we got on and we were off on another adventure I guessed. The islands were greener than yesterday with waterfalls running and birds flying everywhere in different coloured flocks. One for red one or a flock for yellow, it almost made a rainbow if you asked me.
I was at the front of the deck looking out to the sky. I was wondering, what was the place we were going to like? I guessed it would be like most islands in Cloudbreak, green, beautiful with some waterfalls running down underneath. We had been travelling by blimp for at least a few miles before we stopped by Shake’s hometown; it was basically a desert-like island. We left to explore the town, I wouldn’t really go into too much detail about the random stuff I found there (and the fact we were really hanging around in fields for a majority of the day) but we did find a bunch of weird yet friendly folks there, and we would just chill out in saloons. But while I was there, someone came out of the blue, someone I remember well…
Alright, it started when we were outside of town overlooking the sunset by a tree (I don’t know what you’re thinking, but I think I’ve mentioned trees a lot throughout the story so far…) I watched as the sky faded into colours of yellow to orange, then it began to get dark. I asked Shake if we could go home. He nodded and held my hand as we went back to the ship. But as we were passing a brick wall we heard snoring. Shake poked his head above the wall.
“Nothing much,” he said, “just some old man. Come to think of it, what’s he doing there anyway? Want to check it out?” I didn’t want to, but I nodded anyway and climbed over the wall to join him.
“Ok, but not too long… It’s late…” I whispered. He shrugged and leapt over the wall into the field with the old man in it; I followed as we hid among the corn and crops, we eventually crowded around him and watched him snore.
“Now what?” I demanded, folding my arms and waiting for a reply. Shake said we would go home. But he accidentally stepped on a piece of corn, then tripped over and landed in a bucket. Then as would have expected, the old guy woke up and started hitting Rattle Shake on the head with a cane.
“YOU DARN KIDS STAY OFF MY PROPERTY!” He had a Southern accent and a voice like any other old person.
“VENIMA! ENGAGE!” Said Shake, trying to get up.
“Fine…” I went over and tried to get the man off him
“Stop,” I said, “he’s harmless, it’s not like he’ll bite or something… He’s an amigo of mine…” There was a shack at the end of the field; a lady was at the door looking at what was going on, she did shout but we couldn’t make out what she was saying well. Likely it was something along the lines of ‘Eddy! What’s the ruckus all ‘bout?!’ The old man turned around and answered.
“Valerie we got some corn thieves!” He then picked us up by the collars of our jackets; I wouldn’t really steal or anything. I tried to explain what was going on and how it was all Shake’s fault. Well; they decided to blame both of us since I was with him, then we were taken to jail and dropped into two chairs.
“I can explain, sir…” Shake muttered under his breath, there was a long lecture about trespassing and what-not from ‘Eddy’ and the sheriff. It all led down to an agreement we would be in jail for a few days or so. So we were picked up again and put into a cell.
“This is your entire fault, you know?” I whispered after a few minutes in the cell.
“Yes, I know…” I sat on the bench by the window, looking outside and looking at the glistening stars. Then I lay down on the bench, waiting for something to happen; nothing.
There was the same sheriff we saw a few minutes ago outside; it seemed he arrested another guy. He was also thrown into the cell.
So, it was the three of us in jail; I turned away from both Shake and the other snake, then the gem on my necklace began glowing. The one, I hadn’t known about yet, turned around as if it was familiar to him. The blue glow brightened up my face and his. Then I began realising who this guy was.
He looked somewhat like my father; grey hair and green jacket. When we saw each other, I realised about the curse I was under, he was under. He began shaking a bit as if he was shy, then he looked at me.
“V-V-Venima…?” He said, his voice was just like my father’s
“Um, Dad?” I answered.
“What’s going on again?” Rattle asked; he watched as I realised it was my father after all, and we hugged.
“I didn’t expect you to come out here alone…”
“It wasn’t exactly alone, dad.” It took a while to explain the crazy stuff that happened; before he understood. Shake interrupted again and said he wasn’t spending 3 days or so in a stuffy cell while we were all ‘lovey dovey’.
“So, got a plan?” He demanded.
“Yes, I do actually. Ok, step one we’ll need someone with a bit of strength; step two, we’ll need something metal…”
“How’s this?” Shake interrupted getting a bar of metal from the floor.
“Yeah, that’ll do…” I said, taking it from him. I held it by the end and aimed it at the stone wall; under my breath I counted to three and slammed the bar on the wall, I did it again and there was a decent crack in the wall. Every time I did it the crack got bigger until the point the wall broke down. We hurried out into the field and made our way to the docks, trying not to be seen, and then we boarded Flynn’s airship. Flynn was asleep dreaming of enchiladas. Shake told him to wake up right now. He flinched and quickly activated the ship; soon we were off.
“Well; that’s something you don’t see every day…” I brought up while we were on our way home.
“Agreed” Both Shake and Victor said afterwards.
“Next time let’s just stick to trees…” We were finally back in Cloudbreak after all the trouble me and Shake went through. Dad said to Flynn to drop him off in Ironjaw Gulch; when he got off, he waved goodbye to us. I smiled as he left into the city. We set off again a few seconds later so we could go home. I felt tired and exhausted.
And I was suddenly asleep…