Flute Among Trumpets

This is a school project about adventure stories. The elephant orphanage mentioned is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's orphanage, found by Daphne Sheldrick.

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7. Ischeers

     Hours later, maybe in the early afternoon, we found a water hole. I was thirsty enough to drink the whole thing dry. We munched on some trees nearby, but our feeding was interrupted by a shrill screech.

"What's that? I can't see anything." Said Mithr.

"It's  coming from that cave. Why didn't I see that before?" I was cut off by a mighty shove from behind, like a million tiny hands all pushing at once. I was sent spinning into the mouth of the cave, Mithr close behind.

     Cold. Icy water, with an irresistible current. It pulled us down and forward, around a bend, and and up into a becalmed space. Suddenly I could breath.

"Hissssshhhh... Why have you come here?" Each word slithered and stretched through my ears, from an indeterminable source.

"We-" I began.

" Silence! We did not ask you to speak!" "Sheesh," I thought, "Short term memory, or minimal intelligence?"

"You have partaken of our water! You shall not leave here until you have suffered the Hundred Pains!' I decided to keep quiet on that one.

"Take them away!" snapped the voice. The million hands again pushed, this time shoving us into a half-submerged cave. We gasped as normal air returned to our lungs. I stared at the surface of the churning liquid; it was filled with unfamiliar energies. Anger emanated from them; I could tell they were simple and violent creatures. And they had us hostage.

"Who are you?" Mithr asked.

"We are the Ischeers." They hissed. With that, they were gone.

 

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