Katie was never the adventurous type. She preferred to stay at home and finish her English essay or clean her room. Her whole world shattered when her mom told her that she was to visit her grandma in Australia, where on almost every corner there was a creepy crawly waiting for her. She faces many dangers and has to make some decisions that will change her life.


5. Falling

   Katie felt the strange sensation of continuous falling.  There was nothing but her, the angry sky, and the smooth endlessness of the deep dark ocean.  She could hear the sound of the rushing wind howling past her ears and tearing up her eyes.  Strangely, Katie was as peaceful as she had ever been in her life.  She knew that she couldn't control what happened to her, and felt strangely relaxed.

   Katie was spinning so rapidly in the freezing thin air that there were only faint glimpses of the stormy sky, the vast angry ocean, and finally … nothing.


   Katie awoke with the unpleasant feeling of not knowing where she was.  She could feel water gently flowing past her, and its cold stung her legs.  She could hear birds chirping somewhere and woodpeckers banging their beaks on some nearby trees.  As her eyelids fluttered open, she saw that her head had been resting upon a pillow of oak leaves, and the rest of her body was half-submerged in a small clear stream.  The stream was only about two yards across, and its shallow bottom was covered in many smooth rocks.  Around the stream were short blades of light green grass that swayed in the gentle breeze.  She could smell their fragrance, along with some nearby honeysuckles.  All around her were many tall oak trees, and Katie marveled at their beauty.  She had to crane her neck all the way back to see the tips of their majestic branches.  Surrounding her were a few short bushes and many saplings, all bathed in the early morning light.

   Katie was about to lay back down and try to sleep when she pulled her leg out of the cool water.  Instantly, a million fireworks went off in her head.  After she had blinked away the shooting stars, she saw her leg.  It was twisted at an unnatural angle, and was practically one massive patch of black and blue.  Her entire body was beat up, and the many scratches were bleeding through the dust and grime.  She quickly shoved her hideous bruise of a leg back into the cold stream in an attempt to ease the blinding pain.  Katie was about to try to sleep away this nightmare again, since the pain had subsided slightly, but just as she was getting comfortable on the pillow of leaves, she heard a slight humming sound.  It was almost as if a huge invisible bee was flying around her head.

   What is that? she wondered as she drifted off to sleep, too exhausted to stay awake any longer.

    Next thing she new, something had shoved a rough burlap sack over her beat up body, and she was being dragged out of the refreshing water.  The terrible sack smelled like old potatoes, and her leg was on fire again.  As she tried to fight against the urge to lose her lunch again, she felt herself being hoisted into the air, arms and legs still flailing against the restraints.

   What is going on?  Katie thought in bewilderment,  Why does my leg hurt so badly?

   Then the awful smell and blinding pain overwhelmed her and she blacked out.


   A young man's voice shattered her conscious.

   "Yes, my lord.  We found her falling out of the sky near the south end of Crystal Cove."

   "Do you know how or why she came here?"  A deep voice this time.

   "No, your highness.  Just saw her falling, so the attendants went to go break her fall."

   "Any injuries?"

   "Yes.  A broken lower leg and many scratches, which are probably infected by now, you majesty."

   Katie realized with a jolt that they were talking about her.  Who are these people?  Did they save my life?  Can they heal me and return me to my family?  She finally decided that her best possible course of action would be to appear to be waking up, and see if these people could help her.

   "Hmmm…  Alright, we'll have to find out more about what happened once she - Oh! She's awake!"

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