Winter Crisis

I wrote this when I was in primary school, and my writing skills weren't as developed then as they are now, so please excuse all mistakes and poor pieces of writing, and notify me of them if they bother you.
The ENTIRE movella is copied from the word document I wrote it in, so some fo the paragraphs may not be paragraphs anymore.
Northana has frozen over! In a rush to evacuate, Lydia loses her way and encounters a prison. There she meets Heather, a nine-year-old girl who hasn't seen her family in years. Together, they escape and vow to set things right.


10. Cobble Keys

By this time, Joseph had conquered the forest and traversed the cobbles. But alas he reached a dead end. “Fifteen. I suppose you’re going to jump as well.” There was a moment of silence. “Just like the others.” Said a voice close by. “What others?” asked Joseph. “Before you, fourteen others tried to cross the chasm.” Joseph could see an old woman; he could hear her rasping breaths. The woman’s face was crippled by age. “If you’re attempting then take these.” One wrinkled hand presented a stone key and a length of rope. A mist blocked the woman from Joseph’s view and when it parted all that remained was a mangled blue body.

Rolling in his sorrow, Joseph took out a pair of binoculars and so began scanning the area. What seemed out of nowhere, a broken bridge came into view. The rope was cut. He was tired so he set up the tent and slept, knowing there was still one more challenge to brave.

Not once had Joseph slept like this. He lay there and all the while a mist was gathering, a great cloud of grey. Fabrics flapping eerily in the wind, the tent stood firm on the rock. The moon shone, it was full up in the sky, like a diamond it was.

Feeling like ten centuries had passed, Joseph dreamed of his rescue and of his girls rushing to hug him. Suddenly, a great shadow loomed over then woke Joseph up, sweating as if he were in a tropical jungle. Joseph heard the sound of people sighing from the heat. He edged open the tent flap to take look before rocking back to collect up his sleeping bag. When, finally, everything was cleared up, Joseph ventured into an old hut. Rather unlike the others, this one had walls stacked high with any type of food you could want. A young girl limped up to Joseph, she was struggling under the weight of a toddler. She glanced upwards, opened her mouth as if she were going to shout, then, croaked feebly. “Grandma.” A moment later an elderly woman scuttled up to him. She filled his arms with food and left. After a suitable meal, Joseph returned to the chasm and flung the rope across. He jumped. Miraculously, the timing was perfect. He could now reach his daughters in a matter of minutes.

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