Lantern Lake

A young girl in an extraordinary world. She must retrieve the emerald dagger in order to make everything right in the world again.


3. Talk of the Emerald Dagger

Sky needs to be brave. She wipes the tears away with the back of her hand and grips the knife as tight as she can. I have to be prepared, I have to be brave she thinks to herself. Her appetite has come back, and looks for any fruit that could be hanging from the trees.

“I’m hungry” she thinks out loud.

“No problem” Ari says and without another word pounces onto something. Sky looks down, and sees that he has jumped on two rattlesnakes. Their tails whip vigorously in the air. Ari doesn’t twitch, he has strong muscles. Muscles strong enough to take three men out with one jump. “You know how to kill a snake?”

“Yeah” she smiles to herself, grabs one of the snake’s bodies, and cuts the tail off. Blood, guts and a dead rat falls from its body. She then peels the skin off, and guzzles it down. Ari slices the heads off and kicks them in a nearby bush. Sky sits down, and eats the second one a bit more slowly.

“It can't be far” Ari says sitting down and looking around to make sure nothing is lurking around.

“What can’t?” Sky asks concentrating on the juiciness of the snake. It dribbles out of her mouth while she gouges on it chewing at a rapid pace.

“The dagger. We will rest for now and must get going, we can not lack behind”

“Ok” Ari perks up and looks at her.

“Are you listening to me?”

“Yeah course”

“Then what did I just say?”

“Dagger… can’t be far… yadda yadda”

“Hm…” Sky finishes the snake off, and then sits back against a tree looking out at the beautiful sky. The stars resemble two bears with helmets fighting, and to the right a wolf sticking out its chest. It’s beautiful she thinks to herself. She glances at Ari, and finds herself drifting off into a deep sleep.

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