Between the Pages

In a magical world, Between the Pages, lives Sebastian and his twin Edmond. That is, until Edmond decides to work against the Queen and disappears to join the Queens brother, and setting a curse over the country. Concerned for his brother (and the world), Sebastian sets of to search after him. But he needs help.

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It sounded like someone had gotten a concussion

Something, loud enough to waken the librarians’ attention had happened a few shelves away. Like someone falling under a stack of books, which was Linas theory.

The librarian furrowed her brows in the same confusion as Lina. Where had this mystery person even come from? Lina was sure that the library had been empty when she came, and the only other one was the lady three rows over.

“Is everything alright?”

The lady, a blonde woman with a ridiculously big pair of sunglasses perked on her head, was rushing to aid the presumably fallen person. Lina craned her neck, but the “New Danish Authors” section obscured her view.

The librarian continued her work, and Lina continued her search of The Perfect Summer Book. At last, she considered herself satisfied with the two books she had picked out 20 minutes ago. She was on the way out when someone rushed by her.

The white shirt stood in deep contrast to his dark skin. He didn’t look too hurt, no bleeding or anything. Or, so it looked. After all, she only saw him for a short second, before he disappeared out of the door.

He was waiting outside. Of course Lina couldn’t be sure that this was the mysterious stranger, but he did bear the look of someone who had landed on the floor. Of course, the fact that the summer air was notorious for creating headaches didn’t help either.

“You should put something cold on that.”

The guy was leaning against the wall, still rubbing his head. He looked up and she stopped in front of him. His eyes squinted in the sun behind her and he didn’t answer. Instead, his forehead put itself in wrinkles, and he looked just plain confused.

“On your head,” Lina explained.

He stood up straight and let go of his head. “Yeah, I got that.” He sighed and looked around, shaking his head.

Although he didn’t pronounce anything wrong, the words still managed to sound unfamiliar in his mouth. As if he had never spoken Danish before in his life.

He had that look of a person that looked younger than they actually were. Probably due to the freckles sampled around the nose bridge and the round, boyish shape of his face, Lina decided.

“Anyway,” he continued, “it’s not that bad.”

“Did you fall?”

“I opened the portal the wrong place.”

Lina rolled her eyes. “Ha ha.”

“I’m not joking.” He turned around and stared her directly in the eyes. His dark eyes were completely serious, and Lina tilted her head.

“O-kay.”

The boy was about to say something again, when he closed his eyes, and rubbed his temples again.

“Headache?”

“It’s not because of the fall, but because of the travelling.”

“Maybe you should sit down.”

Not far away there were some benches under a couple of trees. A few meters tired parents and hyperactive kids filled a café.

Lina leaned back in the bench, books beside her. It really was a nice day, for once. Scandinavian summers seldom came without rain or wind, but the last two weeks had been absolute bliss.

“You know, I have a mission.”

 “That sounds incredibly fancy.”

“Oh it is,” he grinned. He furrowed his brows. “I don’t think I should tell you about it though.”

“Oh.” She sat up straight. “Why not?”

“I need help from a different person,” he said, ignoring her question. “And I need to find this person.”

“I’ll help you if you tell me why.” She flashed a smile. This guy had been talking about portals a minute ago, and now he was rambling about a mission. If anything, it’d make for an interesting story to tell her friends.

He nodded, fingers scrapping paint of the bench.

“I’m not from this world, I came here through a portal and I need to save this world of mine, because else we’ll all probably die.”

Lina opened her mouth but he continued.

“Well, everyone in the world I live in at least.” He looked at her. “You’re safe, I think.”

“So exactly how hard did you hit your head?”

“You don’t believe me.”

She raised an eyebrow. “You’re trying to tell me that was supposed to be the truth?”

He widened his eyes and did a sort of shake with his head. “Duh.”

Lina sighed. “At least elaborate a little more. What kind of other world? What kind of evil wizard are you fighting again?”

He put on a concentrated face, his eyebrows deeply sunken into his eyes, and tried again.

“Imagine every book as a window to our world. Or, to one of the dimensions at least. Well, there is a main world, that’s where I live. Besides the disappearances over the last decade, it’s been going swell. But there’s this curse, details are irrelevant, and it’s killed a lot of people.”

Now my brother, Edmond, may or may not be an accomplice in this whole affair which is why I know exactly where to go and how to stop him -I mean them.”

Linas eyes darted from side to side. Somewhere there must be a camera team hidden, or her family or some friends. Someone was pranking her, she was sure.

He stood up. “You know what, it doesn’t matter if you believe me. I have a person to find.”

“Ok, wait.” Lina stood up too. He seemed a bit hurt, and she didn’t want to leave with a bad conscience. Besides, she really wanted to meet this person. Maybe he had some weird story to tell too. “I’ll help you find the person.”

He smiled. “Superb! You lead the way.”

“Me?”

He was already going and yelled back. “Oh yeah, I have no idea where I even am right now.”

Lina sighed. This was either the best or worst decision she had just taken.

It sounded like someone had gotten a concussion

Something, loud enough to waken the librarians’ attention had happened a few shelves away. Like someone falling under a stack of books, which was Linas theory.

The librarian furrowed her brows in the same confusion as Lina. Where had this mystery person even come from? Lina was sure that the library had been empty when she came, and the only other one was the lady three rows over.

“Is everything alright?”

The lady, a blonde woman with a ridiculously big pair of sunglasses perked on her head, was rushing to aid the presumably fallen person. Lina craned her neck, but the “New Danish Authors” section obscured her view.

The librarian continued her work, and Lina continued her search of The Perfect Summer Book. At last, she considered herself satisfied with the two books she had picked out 20 minutes ago. She was on the way out when someone rushed by her.

The white shirt stood in deep contrast to his dark skin. He didn’t look too hurt, no bleeding or anything. Or, so it looked. After all, she only saw him for a short second, before he disappeared out of the door.

He was waiting outside. Of course Lina couldn’t be sure that this was the mysterious stranger, but he did bear the look of someone who had landed on the floor. Of course, the fact that the summer air was notorious for creating headaches didn’t help either.

“You should put something cold on that.”

The guy was leaning against the wall, still rubbing his head. He looked up and she stopped in front of him. His eyes squinted in the sun behind her and he didn’t answer. Instead, his forehead put itself in wrinkles, and he looked just plain confused.

“On your head,” Lina explained.

He stood up straight and let go of his head. “Yeah, I got that.” He sighed and looked around, shaking his head.

Although he didn’t pronounce anything wrong, the words still managed to sound unfamiliar in his mouth. As if he had never spoken Danish before in his life.

He had that look of a person that looked younger than they actually were. Probably due to the freckles sampled around the nose bridge and the round, boyish shape of his face, Lina decided.

“Anyway,” he continued, “it’s not that bad.”

“Did you fall?”

“I opened the portal the wrong place.”

Lina rolled her eyes. “Ha ha.”

“I’m not joking.” He turned around and stared her directly in the eyes. His dark eyes were completely serious, and Lina tilted her head.

“O-kay.”

The boy was about to say something again, when he closed his eyes, and rubbed his temples again.

“Headache?”

“It’s not because of the fall, but because of the travelling.”

“Maybe you should sit down.”

Not far away there were some benches under a couple of trees. A few meters tired parents and hyperactive kids filled a café.

Lina leaned back in the bench, books beside her. It really was a nice day, for once. Scandinavian summers seldom came without rain or wind, but the last two weeks had been absolute bliss.

“You know, I have a mission.”

 “That sounds incredibly fancy.”

“Oh it is,” he grinned. He furrowed his brows. “I don’t think I should tell you about it though.”

“Oh.” She sat up straight. “Why not?”

“I need help from a different person,” he said, ignoring her question. “And I need to find this person.”

“I’ll help you if you tell me why.” She flashed a smile. This guy had been talking about portals a minute ago, and now he was rambling about a mission. If anything, it’d make for an interesting story to tell her friends.

He nodded, fingers scrapping paint of the bench.

“I’m not from this world, I came here through a portal and I need to save this world of mine, because else we’ll all probably die.”

Lina opened her mouth but he continued.

“Well, everyone in the world I live in at least.” He looked at her. “You’re safe, I think.”

“So exactly how hard did you hit your head?”

“You don’t believe me.”

She raised an eyebrow. “You’re trying to tell me that was supposed to be the truth?”

He widened his eyes and did a sort of shake with his head. “Duh.”

Lina sighed. “At least elaborate a little more. What kind of other world? What kind of evil wizard are you fighting again?”

He put on a concentrated face, his eyebrows deeply sunken into his eyes, and tried again.

“Imagine every book as a window to our world. Or, to one of the dimensions at least. Well, there is a main world, that’s where I live. Besides the disappearances over the last decade, it’s been going swell. But there’s this curse, details are irrelevant, and it’s killed a lot of people.”

Now my brother, Edmond, may or may not be an accomplice in this whole affair which is why I know exactly where to go and how to stop him -I mean them.”

Linas eyes darted from side to side. Somewhere there must be a camera team hidden, or her family or some friends. Someone was pranking her, she was sure.

He stood up. “You know what, it doesn’t matter if you believe me. I have a person to find.”

“Ok, wait.” Lina stood up too. He seemed a bit hurt, and she didn’t want to leave with a bad conscience. Besides, she really wanted to meet this person. Maybe he had some weird story to tell too. “I’ll help you find the person.”

He smiled. “Superb! You lead the way.”

“Me?”

He was already going and yelled back. “Oh yeah, I have no idea where I even am right now.”

Lina sighed. This was either the best or worst decision she had just taken.

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