Havens 9

Three sparks of ember, then a sudden flash, and the trio find themselves surrounded by short old trees at their sides, thick heavy clouds over their heads, and, to the group’s dismay, bubbling dark green grime under their feet.

In the teleportation Juniper had unfortunately been removed from Robin’s nice solid shoulder and now she is seated with the rest of them in the muck. “Um, Robin do you mind?” she claws at Robin’s pants.

Robin wipes the disgusting muck from her eyes and stares down at Juniper. “Yes I do mind! You teleported us all the way out here! I don’t even know where we are!”

“Which is why we have magic.” A small ball of light emerges from Don’s palm and he throws in between the crooked trees. With the help of the light they could make out the outline of a pathway. “And that seems to be a challenge for you to remember.”

Robin glares at Don. “Well I bet you don’t know where we are, do you?” She pulls out a crumpled piece of paper from her pocket. “This is a letter from my sister October Wrath. She described this exact path while she was riding to a city called Serpent City.”

“But you still needed the magic to see that there is a pathway,” Don groans and leads the way through the trees.

“Okay, so we’re not going to be lost forever and get eaten by wild animals and die and it won’t be all my fault?” Juniper said in a voice that could be described as hopeful and terrified at the same time.

“You shouldn’t be as scared of wild animals as you should be of people,” Don says dryly as he maneuvers over the holey and mushy path.

Don’s light luminated the path which was old and crumbling as they walked along it. The light also cast shadows on the things surrounding them as they walked. Distant noises of wild animals bounced off the trees creating a sound like they were surrounded by creatures so unsettling we will not describe them in this story.