The Adventures In Dragon Cave Book 1: Dragon Cave
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They stepped inside, and Charlie blinked as he adjusted to the light. He was very surprised.
For one thing, the house was way bigger than the tree it was in. Another reason was because everything was some shade of violet.
In one corner, there was an indigo stove. Against the back wall were a purple dresser and a lavender bookcase, and a closet with clothes of varying shades of-can you guess?-purple.
Charlie was speechless. Then Chai went to her closet and pulled out a small purple mattress and a blanket, and handed them to him. “You can sleep here.”
Charlie put the things down near her bed. Then he got onto the matress and pulled the blanket around him.
Chai turned off the light and got into bed, too. But Charlie couldn’t fall asleep. He lay awake, thinking.
Finally, for apparently he was not speechless anymore, he said “Chai?”
“What if we never find my friends? I want to see them again. And I want to help stop Cassandra. I’m very grateful for your help, but. . .will it be enough?” he asked hesitantly.
“I’m certain we will find them.” Chai said. She sat up in her bed, and looked down at him. She was glowing again. The light lit up her face, making her even prettier, if that was possible.
“One day, four years ago now, I guess-I was eight-I went on a walk through this forest. I went on walks all the time back then, but this one was different. I discovered that six of the trees are hollow. I decorated each one in one color of the rainbow, and took care of them.
“There used to be a community of faeries who lived in Hummingbird Forest. I was one of them.”
She paused, and suddenly wings appeared on her back. They glowed, too. They were a beautiful sky blue, and they fluttered back and forth, as if they had a mind of their own.
“Every forest has a Guardian Fairy. They take care of the forest, and make sure it is safe. It is an honor to be the Guardian. When the last Guardian of this forest, my mother, passed away. . .I became the Guardian. I was eleven.”
“I’m so sorry.” said Charlie.
“It’s not your fault.” Chai said.
“What about your father?” Charlie asked.
“Don’t have one.”
He decided not to ask further, and waited while Chai paused, thinking.
“Soon after I became Guardian, Faeries started leaving the community. I guess they didn’t think I was a good enough Guardian Fairy or something, I don’t know, but they left and went to other forests. Soon I was alone.
“And then, several weeks ago, a dragon named Soseri came passing through Hummingbird Forest. He told me that he was very impressed at how well I was taking care of my forest, and then. . .he essentially told me what he told you, about Cassandra, and how me and another kid were going to stop her.
“He also told me to stay here, and wait. I’d know what to do when the time came. And then he disappeared. I was confused, then, but now, after listening to your story-I know that we are the two people who will save the two worlds from Cassandra’s spell.
“So that’s how I know we will find your friends. And how I know we’ll defeat Cassandra. With the two of us working together, you don’t need to worry. Soseri would not choose us if we couldn’t do it.”
And after they had talked about it a bit more, and then said good night, Charlie could think of plenty of reasons to worry.
But he decided to trust Chai, and though it took a while to fall asleep, by the time he was dreaming, he didn’t feel very worried after all.