We now go back to Harry Moffer, Pun Teasley, and Hildegarde Lamer, who are still stuck in the cave in the Sand Dunes. They had been there since Mr. Silch had tossed them into the dunes a few hours earlier. Pun was lying in a wheelbed because he couldn't walk after his spanking by his sister Fanny that weekend. Not to mention his mother, Naggy, had grounded him when she found out that he didn't like the Larry Dobber books and he had teamed up with Harry and Hildegarde in trying to get rid of them.
Harry and Hildegarde were lucky that they didn't have to go through what Pun was going through.
"Well, this sucks," said Hildegarde. "I can't believe that Pun got pun-ished by his sister."
"Please stop with the puns," said Pun. "It was a bad idea for mother to name me Pun, but she refused to listen to dad when he said that Pun was an inappropriate name for a baby boy."
"Maybe you're adopted and your real parents were a king and queen of some fantasy kingdom and you were stolen from them as a baby," said Hildegarde jokingly.
"OK, that's enough, you two," said Harry. "We need to get out of this place."
The others agreed and they quickly began to move out of the Sand Dunes. Yet, before they got too far, a creature was spotted. The creature is covered in orange scales and has a body shaped like a chicken. Its face resembles that of a turtle and its eyes remind you of a dog's. It has a sail fin on its back and webbed feet.
Hildegarde said, "What are those things?"
"It's a skeleton-duck! Run!" Pun cried out as the skeleton-duck saw them. The kids all fled as the skeleton-duck charged at them. "He's gonna peck us to death!"
"I'm shocked that skeleton-ducks come out, even now," Harry cried out.
"I'm just surprised that they haven't torn us to pieces by now," said Hildegarde.
Two more skeleton-ducks appeared right in front of them. The creatures growled and hissed. "We're so dead," said Harry. "Do you think they eat human flesh?"
"Who knows?" said Hildegarde. "Right now, I think we should concentrate on staying alive."
Just then, the sounds of human voices were heard. Tafrin and a human chain had successfully penetrated the Sand Dunes. The skeleton-ducks, hearing the voices of the search party, fled from the scene and went back to their spots underneath the rocks.
Tafrin said, "You kids OK?"
"Tafrin!" they all cried out. "How did you find us?"
"Jill raised the alarm," said Tafrin. "She knew that you guys were gone and so, she had to say something. If it weren't for her, you would have been pecked to death by the skeleton-ducks."
"I'll say," said Harry.
"I guess we owe Jill an apology then," said Pun. He was sure that Jill only raised the alarm just to get them on her side. Plus, she was still upset with them for "rocking the boat".
"I hate to see her tomorrow," said Harry. "She's really gonna be on our case regarding the Larry Dobber books."
"But do we have a choice?" said Pun. "We need her more than she needs us. Only she can save us all!"
"Indeed," said Hildegarde, "and here I was beginning to think that you were both losers. Of course, we will need Jill. She knows how to solve this problem."
"Indeed," said Tafrin. "Now, let's get you kids out of here. You have school tomorrow and the teachers are already upset enough that you failed to show up for classes; we can't have you repeating the same mistake." He signaled to the human chain and the group left the Sand Dunes, hopefully never to return.
Harry could have cried with relief when he saw the MacLeans and Jill, along with the rest of the neighborhood, waving to him.
But this story isn't over yet, as we still have to wonder if Harry is going to succeed in the war on "Dobber-mania" and find the Magician's Crystal.