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.


9. Morning Preparations

   Katie wearily blinked her eyes open.  Sitting up, she saw Tiffana bent over her, yelling her name, with eyes as wide as the moon.  Katie hurriedly sat up.

   "What?  What happened?  What's wrong?" she asked, leaping from her bed.

   "The snakes," Tiff tried to explain. "The snakes, they - "

   "They what?!"

    "I'll explain while you get dressed.  Hurry!  They want us on our horses in five minutes!"

   This shut up Katie and she hurriedly pulled on her brown fluffy skirt and yanked her loose bone white shirt over her head, all the while listening to Tiff's crazy story.  Katie knew that the snakes' attacks had been getting more and more blatant, but now they had opened full battle on the birds, and the birds sorely needed the knights' assistance if any of them were to escape with their lives.  Katie rushed to wrap her hair up into a messy bun, secure it with a piece of leather, and thud down the stairs that connected her tower to the rest of the bird's main lofty treehouse.

   Katie and Tiffana grabbed a pack from the bunch and swung up on their horses.  Katie patted her dappled grey horse's strong neck lovingly as everyone prepared to help the birds.  The lead knight gave the signal and they  rode away, the early sun just breaking over the horizon, filtering through the heavily leaved trees.  Even though Katie felt extremely unprepared, with only a few hours of training with her bow and arrows under belt, she knew that Tiffana would be by her side the whole time and that she just had to get her wings so that she could get back to her family.  Katie finally gave herself a minute to think about them, and her eyes almost welled up with tears.  She missed her mom and dad and the twins, and even Annabell so much it hurt to even think about them.  But the moment had passed.  Katie angrily wiped her eyes and steeled herself for what was to come.

   They had arrived to a clear space in the woods, a break in the trees.  Katie wondered why they had stopped there because nothing had seemed to be wrong, and then she saw them.  The snakes.  Were.  Everywhere.

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