"Long, long ago in an ancient land known
as Via Verde, there lived two girls. Kacela and Cailean
were outcast among their village because they told
stories that no one but them believed. Stories that they,
who believed whole-heartedly in the stories couldn't
"Shut up Zaide!" I shouted when I couldn't
take it anymore, "Stop talking as if we're already dead!"
Turning away I stormed off.
"Well with the way you and Cailean are
going you will be soon." His and the children's laughter
followed my retreating back, echoing in my ears. Sighing,
I walked on used to people laughing, because no one ever
took me or Cailean serious anymore. We were the village
clowns. Tilting my head up to watch the moon taking its
spot in the stars, wondering what it would be like to
actually have someone to believe us. When I got the stone
walkway up to the door, I noticed that the door was open
slightly and immediately knew something was wrong.
Cailean knew better by now than to just leave the door
open so anyone could go in and out. Running to the door,
I yanked it open and froze at what I saw.
"Not you again," I groaned, "Can't you
just leave us alone N.D.? What did we ever do to you to
cause you to come after us, because whatever it is
now if you leave." N.D., short for 'Ninja Dude', wore all
black, along with a black mask that covered most of his
face. His hair was an orangey color, his eyes a stormy
blue. He was also standing next to Cailean who happened
to be wearing a wedding dress for some odd reason. Oh,
she was also tied to a chair, but who cares about that?
"Why is she wearing a wedding dress?"
He shrugged, "I don't know, I found her
I laughed, "Did they bring the skinny dude
this time Cailean or is he still missing?"
"No they didn't which makes me wonder. I
mean we haven't seen him at all since the Dancing Monkey
Incident." I was as puzzled by this as she was. The
skinny dude disappeared about the same time we first met
N.D. in his helicopter. It was there that we stole his
ice cream sandwiches before escaping as we always do.
Escape, I mean, not steal ice cream sandwiches.
"What are you two talking about?" N.D.
sounded very confused by the conversation, "Who is this
I shot a glare at him, "Dude, are you
eavesdropping on our conversation. That issorude." I
spoke in my best snobby girl voice.
"So rude." Cailean added from her
He glanced between us, his growing
frustration obvious, "I am standing between so it
hardnotto hear your conversation." He took a deep
continuing, "Who is this skinny dude?" He demanded
through clenched teeth.
Sighing, I answered, "The skinny dude is
apart of these three people that Cailean and I named the
Kidnappers." Looking to Cailean to continue I saw her
stubbornly shaking her head.
"No, no, and double no. For all we know he
could be worse than the Kidnappers." I nodded and
considered this, she did have a valid point.
"But could he be worse than the Evil
French Fries?" I pointed out.
"No if I had to judge right now I'd say he
was somewhere between the Taco Fairies and the Flying
Donuts." I looked him over again then nodded my
"Agreed." N.D. stood there a blank look on
his face as if he had stopped trying to follow the
conversation. I walked toward him.
"Kacela! Get away it could be a trap!" She
whispered as if not to wake him.
"It's not a trap." I stated simply as I
waved a hand in front of his face and got no reaction
whatsoever. "I honestly think we scrambled his brain." My
voice was tinged with awe, I just couldn't help
"No way, seriously?" Heading to my room I
grabbed my most important possession. Walking back into
the living room, I strolled up to N.D. and pulled the cap
off my black permanent marker and proceeded to draw a
mustache onhim. "Kacela,
Kacela, no that will just make him angrier when he wakes
Going over to untie Cailean I spoke my
flawed logic, "That's why we leavebeforehe comes back
Getting up and heading to her room to
change out of the wedding dress Cailean added her own
more logical logic, "What about the next time he finds
Shrugging I continued to put stuff into
backpacks, "We'll deal with it then." Slinging the bag
over my shoulder I shouted, "Come on we got to get
going." Pushing her out the door I slung one backpack
over my shoulder and threw the other at Cailean. "I think
we should head to Maggie's, she always has a room open to
stay in." Cailean nodded and we walked towards Maggie's
Boarding House, half way there something flew above our
heads causing us to shriek and duck. We both were not
very fond of bugs, especially butterflies, because
butterflies were evil.
"Hmm… seems butterflies are back in
season, going to have to be more careful." Cailean, the
ever cautious one, said. She knew me to well, for me
antagonizing the butterflies was a great time.
"Yeah wouldn't want one of them suckers
possessing you, I've heard from those who lived to tell
the tale that its extremely painful." I rolled my eyes in
a friendly manner that said I was going to cause trouble
despite the facts.
On the step of Maggie's place Cailean
cuffed me on the side of the headbefore knocking,
"Just don't do anything to stupid."
With a hurt look on my face, I said with a
slightly sarcastic lit, "I wouldnever." Maggie never came
to the door so we decided to go to our
in-case-of-emergencies cabin. Walking away down a dirt
path, that was very overgrown with plants, I looked up to
see dark grey ominous clouds darkening the bright day.
Poking at Cailean's arm until she glanced toward me, then
I pointed to the sky, "Something bad is going to happen
and soon if the way those clouds look is anything to go
Nodding in agreement, she spoke what we'd
both been thinking of those clouds, "Yeah reminds me of
the day the Kidnappers got to us." I chuckled in memory,
even as a chill went through me because I remembered that
day as if it was yesterday.
Walking home from school on a cold winter day,
wind whipping through tree and pinching exposed skin. The
sun could barley be seen through the clouds covering it,
making the day dark and shadowy. Cailean walked briskly
along with me wanting out of the cold as much as me,
despite the jacket she wore. Of course I didn't wear a
jacket so I was freezing. My long brown hair and her
shorter black hair flew everywhere, uncontrollable,
asgreen and brown
eyes watered behind glasses that were supposed to keep
the howling wind out. Looking towards her I said, rather
loudly to be heard over the wind, "Come Cailean you know
that dark makes me jittery and jumpy!"
She looked back at me and shook her head,
"Kacela, what is there to be nervous about?" She laughed
before, practically shouting, "What could possibly go
wrong?" She startled when I slapped my hand over her
mouth staring at her with unbelieving eyes. She stared
right back her own eyes wide with horror.
"No! Why Cailean?!" I yelled, taking my hand
from her mouth and speeding up my pace toward home, "You
know those words are nothing but trouble!" I could feel
myself start to panic my heart sped up, my breathing was
no longer even, and my eyes jumped from place to place.
"Those words cause bad things to happen, don't you watch
She looked around helplessly, "It's okay Kacela
we're almost home anyhow, nothing to worry about." She
continued to speak comforting word, to convince me or
herself I wasn't sure, but none of it reached my ears.
Out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of something
big and black coming towards us. I reached over and
absently tapped Cailean'sshoulder, keeping
my eyes on what I figured was a van
followingus. "What?" She
asked quizzically. I simply pointed to the van then
looked at her. Her mouth formed an "O" as she breathed,
"Yeah what were you saying about being
We were both shivering now and not just from
the cold, "Forget what I said and run!" She took off and
I was right behind her, the van went faster to keep up
with us, until it was right beside us. The door opened
beside me and two very large hands grabbed me, lifting me
into the van then dropping me onto the floor. Slamming it
behind us a very skinny dude walked over to me and put a
sweet smelling clothe over my nose and mouth. I knew it
for what it was now, the chemical meant to knock you out,
chloroform. The last thing I heard before everything went
black was Cailean's panicked voice shouting for
A hand on my shoulder brought me out of my daze.
"We better get moving, with the wind picking up it could
rain any second now." Watching the shadows grow and move,
a grim expression on her face, she added, "And with our
luck we'd end up lost or something." Cailean had learned
to be careful about what she said fast in our
With that we both started walking a little faster
not at the threat of rain, no, both of would have been
content to sit in the rain for hours if we could. We
moved at a faster pace because the worst thing that could
happen in a situation always happened when it came to us.
Us and fate didn't have a great track record together,
neither me or Cailean had one lucky bone between us.
Reaching into one of my pockets I pulled out a ponytail
to tie my unruly brown hair back out of my eyes. Grabbing
another one I out to Cailean who happily accepted it, her
shorter black hair was as unmanageable on windy days as
mine was on a normal day. As rain finally started to
pour, the loud rumble of thunder caused me and Cailean to
jump about a foot. Lightening followed close behind the
thunder, lighting up the surrounding forest. Looking
around in that brief light to gather my bearings, I saw a
tall figure dart from one tree to the next. I started
laughing then because I knew that whatever bad thing was
that was going to happen, was going to happen now.
When Kacela started laughing I figured it normal
because we both laughed in tense situations to relieve
the tension. As I listened a little closer I could hear a
slightly hysterical sound in her laugh also, but when
that semi-normal laugh turned into the horrible half-sob,
half-laugh that only Kacela could make I knew we were in
trouble. Latching on to her shoulders I started to push
her forward to keep her walking towards the cabin and she
let me laughing hysterically the entire time. I couldn't
even peer into the forest to figure out how much farther
we were from the cabin, the darkness was to all
consuming. The only reason I knew where Kacela was, was
because I could hear her laughter above even the thunder.
When lightening once again raced across the sky, I had
just enough light for just enough time, that I could see
a man running through the woods just beside us. Just as
an extremely loud sounding thunder rolled, loud enough to
mask Kacela's laughter, my hands were yanked from
Kacela's shoulders and with no contact I couldn't find
her again. When the thunder finally died down I still
couldn't hear Kacela anywhere and with it being pitch
black and all I probably wasn't going to find her anytime
soon. Putting my hand in front of me I tried to at least
maneuver through the darkness without injury. Luck just
wasn't on my side right now because every way I turned my
hands brushed against something that felt a little like
metal. When I stopped panicking enough to think I placed
my hand on
whatever was halting my progress and followed it. I
went in circles a couple of times before realizing what
was happening, banging my head on the metal a few time I
contemplated what to do. No solution came to mind and
with my clothes soaked, chilling me to the bone, I
reached the conclusion this time I'm not getting out so
easily. Standing there leaning against the wall I just
hoped that where ever my friend was she wasn't in to much