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?

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9. Deal or no deal?

 

Eventually, the woman sighed. “Well, that isn’t much for my lovely, healthy grains and some of the best carrots in England! And a basket? I don’t know...I...” she hesitated. She had a point, that food was fresh but as I was thinking it through I had an amazing plan. “What about if we tell you a secret? Straight from the chief?” Now, this woman looked like a gossip queen and I thought (with my fingers crossed behind my back!) that she would agree. I looked at Brena for reassurance if it was OK to tell and she beamed at me, winking like mad. I took that as a yes. The lady’s eye’s light up. “Oooh...” She didn’t hesitate a second longer.

She leaned forwards, ears open, her eyes shining in anticipation. So I told her all about the new weapon I’d thought of and how the local blacksmith was attempting to make it. She gasped in all the right places and when I had finished she said, “Well, well, well!” and happily passed over the grain, carrots and woven basket. Brena gave her the sheep skin and she grinned, the smile spreading right across her face. As we left we noticed her telling a passing neighbour but we didn’t mind. Not really. On the way back we picked some fresh berries and filled the small basket in seconds. They smelled heavenly; a real treat!

 Back at Brena’s home, Brena’s mother was delighted about the deal, although we didn’t tell her about the secret part. We weren’t sure if she would agree with our decision. The overjoyed woman took the berries, carrots, grain and placed the little basket on top of the cabinet. She dumped the grain in the cooking pot and quickly chopped the carrot into manageable slices. In that went too. Then she took the pot, poured boiling water in and finally placed it on the fiery red flames. I watched the flames flicker around the bottom of the pot for a while and then sat down at the table with Brena. We talked all about the weapon, whether we thought it would work and more.

As I watched the stew cook, I couldn’t feel completely at ease. When I’d finished my meal, I’d have to find my way home again. How? But firstly, I was freezing and I needed to attend to that! Soon I would be feeling lovely and warm again...

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