The Shores

It seems to Pearl that nothing she ever does it right. She is made fun of at school. But Pearl's world turns upside down and sideways when she meets a strange girl. The girl helps Pearl discover her past, present and destiny. Can Pearl discover what she was born to do--in time to save her kingdom?

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8. Hospitality When I Need A Hospital

When I woke up, it was morning. The sun beamed. I looked at my leg remembering the night before. It was soaked with blood. And- don’t make me go into details. It still hurt. I tried to stand.
No mater how much I tried, I collapsed again and again. Giving up, I looked around. I was on green grass in a field. There was no sign of Dad or Abitha. Then, I saw a little farmhouse on the edge of the field. I could tell there was people living there because there was smoke coming up from the chimney. “ Okay,” I told my self,” all I need to do is drag myself across.”

It felt like it took all day to get across the farm field. By the time I crawled up the porch steppes, I was exhausted and my leg hurt more than ever. With the last of my strength, I knocked on the door. A figure filled the doorway as I fell asleep. ” Oh! You poor dear! I must get you inside…”

When I woke up, I was covered in itchy sheets. My memory was a little foggy and I felt drowsy. I tried to get out of bed when I instantly felt dizzy. I looked at my leg, suddenly remembering. It was bandaged up. But it looked like there was a huge chunk of flesh missing.

“ Where am I?” I asked myself. I looked around. I was in a little wooden room with a furnished dresser. I was lying on a skinny bed. There was a middle aged, slightly plump woman snoring away on a chair next to the bed. She was wearing an apron and a flowery dress. I looked outside. I could see the stars and moon.

“ Lie down, dear. You are not strong enough yet.” The lady woke up with a snort.

” Excuse me, but, where am I?” I asked. Was I where Abitha and Dad intended me to be?

“ Anicon,” the lady replied. She got up out of the chair and walked to the window.

” I’d never heard of it.” I wondered.

“ Only the Shores can get in,” she replied.

“ Oh, your one too! Abitha talked of the Shores.” I said, glad to be in the right place. I couldn’t imagine what I would do if I was in the wrong place.

”Abitha?” The woman asked, confused. Then realization spread across her face. “Oh, Silverfish.”
She seemed to be fimailar with the name. “ Anyway, you must be hungry. I’ll go fetch you some fish.”

“Um,” I caught her,” Who are you?” I asked. I wondered why a random woman would take an injured girl in.

The lady’s eyes twinkled. “ My land name is Dorie. My sea name is Angel.” Not bad names. Not as weird as Abitha’s name.

“ Pleased to meet you, I’m Pearl Morlinda,” I extended a hand. I was getting used to my new name.

The lady backed into a wall. “ Pearl Morlinda? The Pearl Morlinda?” she asked.

Did everyone from here react like that when they hear someone’s name?“ I’ve never met another,” I said.

“ Oh my shells!” the lady gasped. “ The cursed one. I must fetch you something to eat!” she turned and ran down the stairs. Was all ‘Shores’ this bonkers? What was this crazy place?
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