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Note – this is the ninth exciting episode of The Mad Quest! You can start at the beginning, go to the previous chapter or to the table of contents.
I saw daylight in front of us and started to rush, but the little king held me back. It wasn’t long before we could see the sky. The butterfly flew out into the open and I watched it, half envious of its freedom. Little hands grasped me. Looking down at Silriend I realized that I was just one step away from a large drop.
“Follow me,” the little man said.
There was a hidden way chiseled into the stone. After a very short passage, we found ourselves at the top of a stone ladder.
Silriend went first, then me, then the prince and Merla guarded the rear.
We stopped at the bottom to regather. It didn’t take a genius to know that there would soon be Snow Demons crawling all over the land trying to find us. We had to meet up with our people, with Thworn, and leave Slore as soon as possible. But I hated to leave our little bit of shelter to search them out.
I shouldn’t have worried, for we walked for only five minutes before we saw our people.
“What did you find?” Thworn asked when he saw me enter the camp. “Did you find a safe way into the stronghold?”
Prince Branfel pushed past me before I could answer.
“Ah, Thworn, my trusted lieutenant,” the prince said. “I should have known that you would rescue me. What a brave and daring plot you had. I will make sure you are richly rewarded.” Continue reading