This is part 9 of flash fiction chain #5 hosted by Pho Trablogger and inspired by the amazing picture above. This is a collaboration of bunch of writers/bloggers all over the world who create a fictional world with their imagination based on the picture given by host Jathin, Proud to be part of this team. Please visit his blog for previous four series.
To get the context of the story, please read the first eight parts
Part 1 by Abirami
Part 2 by Sona
Part 3 by Yinglan
Part 4 by Dr. KO
Part 5 by Austin
Part 6 by Pheena
Part 7 by Itchy Qiuil
Part 8 by Priceless Joy
Rick-10yrs Old Jenna-Rick’s social worker Mrs. Montgomery- Foster mother Jake- Mrs. Montgomery’s son Sun- The Monkey ***Elaborated Characters*** (The Other Kids Sorted By Tables) Table 1- Mesa-Boy, 14 yrs old Toro-Boy, 12 yrs old Wheeze-Boy, 8 yrs old Table 2- Danus-Boy, 11 yrs old Makaya & Kumba-Boys, Twins, 7 yrs old Table 3- Marilyn-Girl, 11 yrs old Britney-Girl, 8 yrs old Kanya-Girl, 6 yrs old
Jenna headed for the jungle leaving Mrs. Montogomery unattended who was still trying to speak something but felt a lump in her throat. Jane was almost running on the muddy track. She could clearly listen her heart beats while she was huffing and puffing to catch her breath. She was breathing from her mouth which went dry. Unable to walk more her sweating body bent on a nearby tree’s trunk to halt for sometime. She closed her eyes, tried to close her mouth. She opened her eyes to look around. The Forest was actually a crooked grove of oddly shaped pine trees grown with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks. All of the trees were bent northward and surrounded by a larger forest of straight-growing pine trees. The crooked trees trunks were covered with ginger-brown climbers entangled in branches. As the rush of fresh air filled her lungs, she moved ahead to find the children.
Mesa and Toro were trying to follow Rick who like a hypnotized fellow was walking towards the thickest patch of the forest. Suddenly they reached near the Lorestone which was hidden in a temple deep within a jungle-swamp known as the Danarg. Over the years, this fetid swamp has become the home for any number of evil creatures who seek to protect the jungle and its treasures.They felt as if someone was following them, they turned to find themselves pressed hard on their right shoulders, both fell down with a big thud.
Rick was horrified to feel the silence of the place, he could sense negativity in the environment, he shivered and called monkey,”Sun, Where are you? Why you don’t tell me the truth about your identity? Why this place have a eerie feeling?”
Sun came in front of him swinging from the branches of pine tree and sat on a rock,” Believe me I have not told you lies. After surviving the perils of Castle death I am the only one left in my tribe, I mean ‘a speaking monkey’ and to come back in power I need to have a large army. I tried collecting my strength by harvesting souls for my master so that my tribe could again be revived. My army will fight against the evil. To make matters worse, the Darklords have united behind a new leader, and may soon again bring war in the jungle.”
Rick was scared now. “What do you want from me?”
“I found you the most mature one among all those children whom I saw at Mrs. Montgomery’s house. You can actually convince other children to help me in my mission.” Sun replied politely.
“What? Have you gone nuts? Why will I do that for you? This is utter weird ! You have actually bewitched me, mislead me and now you want me to bring my family to you for holy sacrifice so that your tribe increase? So ridiculous of you to think all this.” Rick shouted in anger.
“Look Mr.Sun I am going back to Ma…..I warn you if you ever come near our house to trouble us ever again, I will take some drastic action” said Rick and turned to move out from the Danarg.
“Do you thing it is so easy? Neither you nor Mesa and Toro can go out from here. You came here because it was destined. Now three of you have to please my master” jumped Sun from the rock to get hold of Rick.
Rick saw in disbelief as Toro and Mesa were brought chained there by some strange looking men….
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