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The Other World- Part 10

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Brooke heard the shriek of the spider as it zoomed past her above the water. Brooke panicked. She didn’t know whether to swim deeper into the water or go to the surface. But before she could decide it came splashing into the water beside her. It spread its long legs toward her and pulled her closer to it.

Brooke tried to scream but her lungs were filled with water and she began choking and sputtering. The creature started to resurface while continuing to pull the thrashing human towards towards its now open mouth. All eight eyes were staring directly at her. Brooke tried to push her hands out in an attempt to shield herself, but her arms were strapped to her sides by the entangling legs. Then all at once, everything stopped. The spider froze. Then it let out another shrill scream, then it scattered out of the water and ran away. But before it completely vanished into the forest, Brooke got a good view of the arrow sticking out of its back.

“Brooke!” she heard a faint female voice cry.

“Come little girl! We haven’t got all day!” called a deeper voice.

They’ll find me eventually, Brooke thought. She heard Pickles whimpering from the tree above.

She walked to the base of the tree and a little fox jumped down into her arms, still covered in a coarse, thin, white material. She sat down and began picking off the pieces on his fur.

“You could’ve helped me you know.” Brooke murmured to the fox.”You better not get me in trouble again.”

She began to scan the tops of the trees for the source of the dart. It couldn’t have been Andilia, she was still searching for them. Then she saw a long purple bow as it disappeared into the dense leaves. Right then Andilia arrived. She ran up to Brooke and bent down. Brooke was overwhelmed with questions.

“Are you alright?”

“What happened?”

“Are you hurt?”

Brooke pushed off all of the questions and noticed that the rest of the crew and the two women had joined Andilia in her search for Brooke. So Brooke recalled all of what had happened and was informed that what she had been confronted with a Nigramala spider. It used it’s eight eyes to create illusions for its prey. That’s why it first approached as a young boy. It lived in burrows but still spun webs around its prey. Few survived an attack from these creatures.

They continued to travel North through the forest until they reached the edge of the palm trees. They came to a huge canyon. Clear, blue water ran at the bottom where the two mountains on both sides met at the bottom. Big green trees climbed up both mountains. But somehow, right as they passed the forest, the sky turned dark. There was no more blue sky. it was all black and all of the colors stood out in a highlighted fashion. The colors stood out like never before. Brooke covered her eyes as the color shot out at her. Then, a strong gust of wind blew through the mountain.

Brooke crouched down and grabbed the weeds and plants on the floor to keep from getting blown way. She heard a whimper as Pickles began blowing away. Then he turned into a Mastiff again and crouched down to the ground. The rest of the grown-ups clung to each other and the baby clung to it’s mother. Then the wind died down.

“How are we going to do this? I can’t just crouch down every time the wind blows.” Brooke stood up.

“No, you can’t,” Andilia agreed. “Put these on.” She held out a pair of furry boots. Brooke had no idea how this would help but she did so without arguing. The wind blew again, but Brooke didn’t even sway.

She looked around, dumbfounded. “How?” she asked.

Andilia pointed to a group of white fluffy things hopping up the hill. Brooke hadn’t noticed them before. As the wind blew they didn’t seem affected, even though they looked to be the most light-weight material Brooke had ever seen.

“How are they not being blown away?” she asked.

Andilia shrugged, “We don’t question nature. We just accept it. And use it. Don’t worry, we didn’t kill them. They aren’t really alive.”

This left Brooke even more confused, but she decided not to question it as the rest of the people in the group continued to put boots on. They charged forward, going to the bottom of the mountains near the lake of clear blue water. Now that Brooke was closer she could see all of the different colored fish jumping in and out of the water. Brooke was now used to how the colors jumped out from the black surrounding her. Occasionally she would hear something, and Brooke knew it was another one of those strange creatures that this world had, but she didn’t ask which it was because sometimes it sounded like footsteps. Andilia had already told her that they only knew a small percentage of the animals living there.

At night the wind turned cold and everyone had to cuddle close. The food was mostly fish, but since fire was so hard to make in the windy conditions, Brooke chose not to eat it raw. She saved the provisions from her backpack. But strangely, sometimes she found food she thought Pickles and her devoured the night before. Brooke decided she was going crazy and just ignored it.It seemed they were traveling for forever. The giant raven had flown from the beach to her before everyone else and was forced by the wind to walk along on foot, or talon.

When there was only three days of hard walking left and Brooke was sure her legs were going to break out from underneath her, Brooke stopped for a rest. Pickles was just as tired as she was because he had grown to heavy for her to carry. The sat down by the river panting. Andilia stopped for them.

Brooke waved her away. “We’ll catch up.”

Brooke closed her eyes and let her head fall back as Andilia caught up to the others. Then she heard Pickles bark.

“Calm down”she sighed. But she should have listened, because right then a hand wrapped over her mouth and began to drag her away.

 

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