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|Keepers of the Quantum (chapter one) (standard:drama, 7695 words)
|Author: Sue Simpson (Sooz)
|Added: Feb 13 2003
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|This is the first chapter of my second novel in the Lizard's Leap series. It's an adventure/fansasy story bridging the gap between adult and child fiction.
Chapter one: Re-growth and Mal-de-Mer “Bloody liver,” screeched Emma, “it's back.” And then she clamped her hand to her mouth and looked towards the bedroom door guiltily in case the adults had heard her, they weren't too happy about some of her expressions lately. In her haste to scramble over to the other bed and wake Kerry, she stood heavily on Mark who woke up with a loud “Aaagghhhh gerroff.” He sat up and squinted through morning eyes that made him look both cute and Chinese. In the early hours before daybreak when they'd snuck back into the house, Mark and Vicki both fell asleep in their cousin's room as they talked about everything that had happened. Kez cried herself to sleep and the other's weren't far from tears. It had been a horrible night. Mark was scratching his head, still squinting. His mousy brown hair stuck up at unscientific angles and he had the perfect impression of a zip indented into his left cheek. He was fully clothed and had slept with his arm under his face for support hence the zip imprint. Emma was still trying to wake the other's and Mark was the first one to comment on the heavy aroma of wild blossom. “Ugh what's that smell?” “Look, Look!” said Emma as Vicki and Kerry came awake. “It's the frame.” They all looked towards the windowsill that held the lizard frame. The night's events had caused the magic in the frame to die and they went to bed thinking they had lost the magic forever. When the cousin's finally fell asleep, its vines were dry and withered, all the precious berries had dropped and the two carved sand lizard's were lying with their heads hanging. They had lost their life to the wood and the picture frame became just that, a frame like any other. This morning though the lizard's redwood eyes were shiny bright, they held their heads up and they looked as though they were smiling. The frame was almost lost beneath a blanket of fresh blossom, Only the lizard's faces peeked out. White, yellow and the most delicate peach coloured flowers opened their heads to the sun, and as they sang their silent song the melody that couldn't be heard floated around the room on a thick, sweet, heady perfume. As they watched, the petals began to drop to the windowsill one at a time, each one hung in the air and then drifted lazily down to the sill. “Nooo,” said Kerry and the other's stared aghast. This is how the berries had fallen the night before and then the frame died. “Don't die again,” pleaded Vicki. “What do you think it is?” said Emma, “Lazarus?” But she looked just as worried as the rest of them. Mark ran up to the frame and tried to press the falling flowers back into place, it was then that he noticed the fruit. In the place of each five petals, one juicy berry hung. Soon there was a whole bunch of them. And within seconds two bunches of bright wooden berries drooped from the vine, one beside each of the two lizards. The frame was back with them. It was alive. The cousin's whooped and danced and swung each other round. They couldn't wait to try out the frame to see if it still worked, but it was too risky to try it until after breakfast. All the noise had brought Nanna storming up the stairs. “Oi you lot, what's going on? The ceiling was nearly falling in on me down there. I'm telling you now if you wake your granddad up there'll be trouble, you know how he likes his lie in of a weekend and we've got the twins coming home after lunch. Come on then, hurry up, breakfast's ready. What's that smell? Vicki have you been spraying perfume all over the place again? It's bloomin` horrible.” Vicki shot a guilty look towards the frame. “Yeah, Mark's feet stink so I sprayed some perfume. Sorry Nanna.” Mark glared at her as Nanna started on him. “Have you had a wash Mark? I Click here to read the rest of this story (723 more lines)
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