The Time Traveller

Kiki is just an ordinary girl with a normal family and a familiar life. But then Kiki finds herself in Carn Euny hundreds of years ago and her unforgettable adventure starts with a bang. The people of Carn Euny are in deep trouble; a tribe approaches ever closer wanting war and they can't think of any ways to fight them off. Kiki is told that if she can help she will become famous and loved. All her life Kiki has felt unimportant...will this be her time to shine?


3. Darkness


Leisurely, I made my way to the tunnels, taking a last look at the Market Square. I found the nearest tunnel which was very long and very dark. I’d never had a phobia of the dark though so it wasn’t a problem for me. Loobie never had either and started off straight away. Inside the tunnels it was very dark, and big drops of chilly water fell from the surprisingly low ceiling down my neck. I felt it trickling down my back and shivered. Loobie looked very eager but flinched whenever a drop of water tumbled onto her brown and pure white back or petite, black nose.


There were lots of sneaky, dark puddles everywhere so I had to be careful to step around them where the path was wide or when a puddle lay right across the path, to leap right over them. I had always liked the long jump in Sports days at school in the summer. After all, I didn’t want any disasters!

I went a little further until I reached a turning to go left or keep going forwards, henceforth reaching the other side of the tunnel and coming out into daylight again. I had always been quite adventurous and felt it would be a shame to leave it there. If I decided to take the left turning, I could always go back again if necessary. So I took the left turning.  It went a short way, and then opened up into a cave where I could stand up straight at last. I presumed that they would have hidden in these caves from their enemies when a small tribal battle erupted. It was rather big for a cave and the wall were thick and a dull grey. They gave the impression of a prison cell. Loobie sniffed at the cave floor and it very damp and icy. I heard a piercing and distinctive DRIP that broke the perfect silence there had been. Loobie heard it too. She pricked her ears and turned on the spot to face where the noise had come from. Without warning, she bounded out of the entrance of the cave towards the sound. I muffled a yelp and rushed after her at top speed. Surely I would find would be OK. I turned a sharp corner and saw Loobie running down the dripping tunnel. In my frantic hurry to get nearer to my wayward dog I slipped on a nearby puddle and fell. I banged my head hard on the rocky roof and cried, “Looooobieee!”


Then it was black.


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The only sound was the dripping of the dreary, wintry water falling on Kiki’s pale face.

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