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The Wishing Map
Chapter Twelve: Prophecies and Promises (Continued)
Previously: Gina and Zack began to realize that the immense bird Aviar considered their arrival in Ismara the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy!
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“Do you have the Thirteen Objects?” Aviar asked, his great basketball-sized eye probing for signs of deflection.
“We’re not really sure,” Zack replied.
“You are the Two Strangers, so you must have the Objects!”
“Hello? What are the Thirteen Objects?” Gina asked.
“Well, there’s this prophecy. Aviar thinks it’s about us, and—”
“Prophecies,” Aviar corrected, “and it is about you! Errrrm-hermmm-herrrmm… In the Time of an End and a New Beginning, during the double moon,” he paraphrased, “Two Strangers from Another World will return the Thirteen Objects to Ismara, and when the Objects are brought together they will show who the True Ruler is…errrr-herrrmmm…which is the Prime Regent Melcarhassen now and forever!”
This last clause was not part of the prophecies, but in the great bird’s mind it was the only conceivable interpretation, for Prime Regent Melcarhassen was the only human who had ever been deemed a sheya (real person) by the Sheyar.
“The toys!” Gina shouted. “The objets mystére!”
“Yeah, I know,” said Zack, “but there’s only twelve of ‘em.”
“Well…” Gina’s feet began to think-dance on Aviar’s back. He found this annoying in the extreme, but refrained from biting her. “What about the Map? It has to be one of the Objects. I mean, remember how Aunt Aloysia said it was ‘time’ when she gave it to us? Before that, she always said—“
“That we’d know when it was time, yeah, I know, but how can it send itself?”
“Just send the Objects!” Aviar growled. “The prophecies will take care of themselves. Only Uol knows what it all means, anyway!”
It was agreed that Zack and Gina would return the Objects to Zshinia, the Ismaran capitol, though exactly how they would do this was unclear. Aviar lowered his wing like an emergency ramp, and the Dores slid to the ground just a few feet from the Sacred Circle. The ancient warrior scanned the surrounding forest and said, “We are alone. Go now!”
Zack turned to speak and found Aviar glaring at him, but then the creature turned his wing over, revealing a soft spot full of silvery feathers near the tip. Zack placed the underside of his arm against the spot.
“Fly straight, manlet!”
“You too, Avi—”
The great bird vanished with a single forceful flap.
“This is where I landed,” Gina said, stepping into the Sacred Circle, “so, I guess we should be able to—”
“Yeah, I flew home once before.”
“Uh-huh.” Zack stepped into the ring, facing his sister. “We just have to—”
“You actually went home?”
“Yeah. I saw your note and knew you went looking for me, so—”
“So you were looking for me while I was looking for you?”
They burst out laughing. Then turning to the business at hand, Zack said, “I wish we could go home.” They shot up into the night sky like a double roman candle. Thousands of Light Forest occupants looked up or awoke with a start at the sound of two humans screaming,
It was a sound the Ismaran world had never heard…
…until the arrival of the Two Strangers.
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Thoughts: Have you ever been given a task, and not realized until later that it would change your life forever?
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