The Arcane Order

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Dreams Come True

I was slowly welcomed back to life, with the sweet sweet sound of wind blowing dead branches off of trees. I noticed Bob hasn't rudely insulted my sleeping habits, which led me to realize that I was no longer on his back. The grass beneath me was soft and warm, and the sun shown down on me like a lazer beam. I can't say the weather was nice, it was really hot, at least ninety degrees, and the land around me was dry.

I stood up and decided to go look for Bob. Now kids, if you get kidnapped and fall asleep, then wake up alone in the middle of a field, do not go looking for your kidnapper. See, my case was different. I was kidnapped by a talking tortoise, who took me halfway across the world to the middle of Africa, in under two days. The guy was my only method of transportation. Anyway, from what I could tell, it was morning. That doesn't exactly mean anything, because California and Africa have completely different time zones. I made a rough estimate that it had been at least two days since I was taken.

After a bit of looking around, I saw a four foot tall, tortoise, chewing at some grass.

"Bob?" I asked, "Where are we?"

"Well, to us tortoises, we're at a place that you wealthy humans might call fast food."

"Um, we're in the middle of a grass field-"

"Exactly. Now hop on, we'll arrive in a couple of minutes."

"Arrive where?" I asked. I knew he'd make some dumb remark, but it's always worth a shot.

"Kid," He coughed, "I mean, Zane, do you ever stop asking questions?"

"I'm curious."

"curiosity killed the lion."

"Don't you mean cat?"

"What other kind of cat would you think I'm talkin' about?"

I guess he had a point. I climbed up his scales and lie belly down. He said 'In a couple of minutes', so I wasn't taking chances. Falling off the back of a speeding tortoise isn't any fun, trust me.

Bob started waddling toward a distant mountain. Slowly, he gained speed until the skin was nearly being ripped off my face by the wind. The mountains gradually got closer until we nearly rammed into the side it.

"Like I said, I know I might be strong and awesome, but I can't scale the side of a mountain. I ain't no spider tortoise." Bob winked at me.

"Why does it sound like you want me to climb the side of the mountain?"

"Because that's pretty much exactly what I'm expecting ya to do! Have fun!" Bob remarked with a mouth full of dead grass.

"You can't expect me to climb the side of a gosh darn mountain! I can barley even do a pull-up! What if I fall?"

"You won't fall if you don't want to die. Now get to it!"

"Nuh uh, no way!" He couldn't possibly expect me to climb a mountain, could he?

"Zane, get your funky butt up there, before I turn you into a blue whale pancake!"

"Hmph." I certainly didn't want that, so I decided to get started. Luckily, there were lots of loose rocks sticking out. Now that I think about it, that might not have been the best thing, but they worked well as foot placing. I made it about a tenth of the mountain before encountering my first problem. A rock slid out at my right hand, and I fell backwards! I started to scream, as I plummeted toward my death! Haha, just kidding. It me a few seconds to notice that I was still standing... Except I was standing on the wall as if it were the ground. I only stopped screaming for a few seconds, before I started screaming even louder. I was standing on a wall! Maybe my pant lag was stock on a rock? I took a huge risk and tried picking up my leg... Now I stood on one leg. I put my leg back in front of me... Still standing! Slowly, I stepped up the wall, as if I was Spiderman! I felt like a baby, learning how to walk. I started to run, slowly making my way up the mountain. Finally, I neared the top! A couple more steps and I'd make it! Before I took my final step, someone looked down at me.

"AH!" I yelled, losing my balance. This time, I actually fell. I looked up at the stranger who watched me plummet. The next thing I saw, I couldn't believe. The stranger jumped off the ledge of the mountain, and managed to place their feet on the wall! They ran with the speed of a talking tortoise, grabbed my arm, and came to a sudden stop. The stranger wore a mask, covering all of their face except their eyes, so I was only able to make out that whoever just saved my life was female. I'll keep that in mind. She ran back up the wall and swung me from the side of the mountain, and onto the floor, almost like a rag doll. Before I could thank her, she sunk into the floor. And I thought scaling the side of a mountain was crazy!

When I looked back up, I saw a different lady. In front of me stood a pale, old lady, almost two feet shorter than me, with a wrinkled face, and earlobes that stretched halfway to her chin. She wore white robes and a bandana. It was the pirate lady from my dream!

"Well Zane, I see you've discovered one of your many abilities."

I would have fainted again, but I didn't want to insult the old woman.

"A-abilities? What abilities? I don't have any abilities!" I told her with caution. The last thing I needed was to be stolen off the peak of a mountain by an old lady, and taken into an African lab to be tested and studied.

"Child, you just ran up the side of a mountain like you were runnin' a marathon. Don't lie to your elders, it's disrespectful."

"Ma'am, please, just tell me who you are! Why was I stolen from my home by a giant, talking tortoise, and forced to climb a mountain? I need answers!"

"Watch your tone when you speak to old folks, didn't your mama teach you any manners? Come with me, we'll have some tea, and maybe you'll get some answers as well."

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