the creature was not fearsome. In fact, it seemed scared. It had green fur with purple strips and had small nubs of horns that were orange. It also had a large sort of backpack.
“On! S’ti sneila!” The beast said and covered its eyes in the fetal position. John and Gabriela stared blankly at the monster, not knowing a lick of what it just said.
“He probably smells that perfume you’re wearing,” John said, “I sort of agree with the guy.”
“Oh, shut up!” Gabriela puffed and walked towards the monster. “This isn’t the time for your stupid jokes!”
“Wait!” John replied. “Don’t go near it!”
“It’s scared of us,” Gabriela replied. “Not the other way around.”
“But-” John tried to say but Gabriela was already walking away. He knew he wouldn’t change her mind, so he trotted after her. They got up to the creature and Gabriela spoke softly
“It’s okay,” she said, “we won’t hurt you.”
“Tahw? E t’nod dnatsrednu ruoy egaugnal.”
“Ereh.” The creature put out it’s hand to touch Gabriela.
“W-wait!” Gabriela exclaimed while the creature touched her arm. “Tahw gid uoy od?!”
John was aghast. She was speaking the creature’s language! Just by it touching her! Could it do it for him? These thoughts raced in John’s head as the creature lifted its arm again and quickly touched John’s hand and he was able to speak too!
“Oh wow!” John said. “Where are we? What’s your name?” He asked the creature in its own tongue.
“In Argino,” The beast said, “my name is Gárr. You are John and Gabriela! The Ones! The Ones from the prophecy!” At just saying their names he bowed impossibly low.
“Wait,” John said, “what?”
“How do you Know our names?” Gabriela asked surprised.
“The Elder Eddgart!” The Gárr said standing once more. “He said that in the year 1,793,260,589 to the day that two aliens shall come and deliver us from the Gronks and that their names would be John and Gabriela. Flarlok, the Gronk’s leader, killed 20% of all of our population and is now using 40% of what is left as his slaves. You will learn the power of Rau, the mystical power of the universe, and use it against Flarlok. The Ones are supposed to defeat Flarlok! You are the Ones! I was sent by Eddgart to find you. Although I thought I would find nothing. Everyone thought he was crazy, but now I know he was right! I have gifts for you!” Gárr bowed low again. Gabriela and John stood open mouthed and looked at each other. They then look at Gárr.
“Ok.” They said in unison.
“For alien John,” Gárr announced, “an invisible cloak!” he handed it to john, who thought Gárr was kidding, and found he felt something soft in his hands. Excited, he unfolded it the best he could without seeing it and put it on. Gabriela eyes got wide when she could no longer see him.
“And a Flareidon Sword!” Gárr added. He handed John a sword. It had a delicately carved handle with ancient writings on it the hilt. It also had a dome shape cut where the handle met the blade. On the hilt, it read; to make flame, say “Flareidon”.
“Cool,” John said “thanks.” He started taking off the cloak and his companions could see him again.
“This is the riddle I am supposed to give you;
To defeat a Gronk,
You must find a Gronk.
To find a Gronk,
You need an eye of Gronk.”
“What?” John asked confused. “What is tha –“
Gárr waved him off and smiled.
“For alien Gabriela,” he said, “The Book of Physic! Nobody except the Elder Eddgart has read it or ever will be allowed to read it.”
Gárr shifted after saying this and handed the book to Gabriela and she opened it. The first page read was; Flight: “Goy sona driga marano”. Use these words to make anything fly.
“Goy sona driga marano.” Gabriela said. When she did, a gold ancient letter seemed to come out of that page that looked something like this;
She was startled and hit it away. The symbol fluttered away in the direction it was hit and hit a rock. The rock instantly floated about three feet off the ground.
“Wow,” Gabriela said quietly, “thank you.”
“And now we make haste!” Gárr said.
“To where?” John asked, suddenly eager for adventure.
“Why,” Gárr said with a smile, “too Eddgart, and too Solz!”
The two children and Gárr walked silently through the orange and yellow sand. Gárr had told them that they had walked much today and that they should rest or else the walk would be too much for them, but John and Gabriela felt fine. They had only walked for about 30 minutes. Gárr was stunned. That was when they realized that his kind had not as strong leg muscles.
“Where is Solz?” Gabriela asked, setting up camp for the night. Gárr smiled and simply told her,
“Use the book.”
“What do you mean?”
“Go to ‘map’.”
“Go to ‘map’.”
Gabriela opened the book to “map” as Gárr told her to and looked at the page and found; Map: ‘Os tun ut.” Say these words to deploy map.
“Os tun ut.” Gabriela said, and a holographic map of Gárr’s world formed.
“Awesome!” John exclaimed. “Is there anything that book can’t do?”
Gárr’s face turned sad when John asked this question.
“Yes,” he said sadly, “the book cannot kill one’s life. It can kill their memory, mentality, soul, and even their sanity, but not one’s life. Taking their life would have been better…”
“What do you mean ‘would’ve been’?” Gabriela asked.
“Now is not the time for you to know that Gabriela.” Gárr answered smiling although you could tell that he was troubled.
Gabriela continued reading after that downcast information; Simply tell the book your destination and it will guide you there.
“Ok.” Gabriela said. “Ummmm, Solz. Bring me to Solz.” When she said this, a curvy solid red line appeared in the holographic map with a blinking red dot that ate away at the line the more they moved.
“Just like Google Maps…” John pointed out. “That’s the way our maps work on earth, just almost everybody has one.”
“Everyone?” Gárr asked surprised.
“Everyone that has a IPhone.” Gabriela said. “Or a G.P.S.”
“E-Phune?” Gárr asked. “G.E.S?”
“No, I-PhOne.” John corrected. “G.P.S.”
“Ohhhh, G.E.S,” Gárr said, “E-PhUne. I’ve got it now.”
In the morning, the two children realized that they hadn’t eaten for a while. Gárr, as if doing whatever they commanded, got fish out with blue fins and a red body and with purple eyes from his luggage. He then got out what seemed to be black lettuce, cut the fish, put them over a fire, laid the filets on the lettuce, added a sort of sauce, cut it in to halves and served it on wood plates. And oh, how delicious it was! It was one of the best – no, was the best thing that Gabriela or John had ever tasted. Gárr was so happy that they liked it. They asked them why he was so happy, and he said that it was because that was only travel food!
When they got to Solz there was even better food awaiting them!
“We must now start.” Gárr said. “ We will probably reach Solz in a day and a half.”
“If we walk faster and more of the day,” Gabriela started, looking at the book, “we might reach Solz in only half a day, but if we only walk more of the day at our current pace, we will reach there by sundown.” Gárr said that he would try his best, and he would stop only if he had to. Well, he needed to a lot. At one point, John asked if the Gronks were like him and he said they could walk two times as long without needing to stop. But John could walk like five times as long as Gárr. So far, the human race is superior than Gárr’s kind in every way except food and gifts. They continued to walk, stopping frequently, and eventually saw a red castle and many yellow houses in the distance. Many colorful objects also walking about.
“We have reached Solz!” Gárr said with delight. “The Ones are royalty here, so, don’t be alarmed if some bow to you.”
“Royalty!?!” Gabriela shrieked. “I love this place more and more!” In fact, everyone that saw them bowed to them. Some even had their eyes wide open and jaws hanging. They finally reached the castle gate with a trail of others of Gárr’s people behind them. Gabriela loved all the attention on her, but this much attention for John made him uncomfortable. Gárr noticed this.
“If you need anything, please ask!” he said.
“Ok,” John said. But then seeing how happy his sister was, decided to not say anything.
Something, the size of the average man, was floating above the clouds with black mist flying around it. It was wearing a long black cloak and had the hood far down its face. But you could still tell it had grinned a very large grin once the Ones were inside the castle. Whatever it was, it flew the opposite direction of Solz at a very fast pace.
John and Gabriela walked inside, but Gárr told everyone to stay back while they walked in. John was thankful for this. They walked down a corridor lit by torches, but these were lit by purple fire. Gabriela was surprised.
“I read this in my book on how to make different colors of fire.” Gabriela said. “Now I know this guy read it.”
“do not ever distrust Eddgart.” Gárr said. “ He is the wisest of all of us. He has seen many things, past, present, and future.”
“He can see into the future?” John asked. “Does he know that we are here?” Gárr smiled.
“I wouldn’t be surprised.” he said. They walked down the corridor until they reached a large room, which Gárr called the Room of Fire, lit with every color of fire from Gabriela’s book. Red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, and white. Near the white light there was a shadow, but you could see no one. The shadows arms reached for its head and pulled something off. You could then see the head of Eddgart. He took off the rest of the cloak off and stood before them, he was 1 ½ times the size of Gárr. His voice was like that of a ninety-year-old man. He was orange-tan, had long curly horns and had no hair on him.
“Welcome,” Eddgart said, “We have all been waiting for you.”