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The rest of the night was all a blur.

I remember creeping through a deserted street, where all colour and life had been wiped of. Where smiles, laughter and loud chatter was now just pitch black. I don't remember how we got back to the in, but I remember holding Ralph's hand securely in my own, not wanting to let go of the only thing I felt the need to care about, that was in my reach.

I also remember putting up some black out curtains (don't ask me why), that we found under one of the trundle beds we slept on. Ralph didn;t feel like eating, and neither did I. We just sat in the corner of the room, with two of the seven kerosene lamps lit, together, white as a sheet.

Again, I was quite sure we had fallen asleep, for I woke to the sound of Ralph groaning beside me. He then started snoring, and because I am a light sleeper, I couldn;t get back to bed.

After what seemed like hours, Ralph stirred, and I stared at him for a long time, as he exchanged my scared gaze.

Ralph's Point of View

That was it. I think I had fallen for Miera. But- I can't and WON'T think about that now! Why? Why us? Why now? Were Hiljea and Gar Hulland ok? What was happening?

At least Miera was safe.

At least.

I couldn't think of a reasonable excuse for this strangeness! Was it some sort of drill? Or, were there evil zombie sheep attacking the island? I doubted it was the latter.

This was so pathetically petrifying! Here I am, just staring at Miera, when a whole lot of people could be in danger! This just CANNOT be a dream!

If it was, then this is horribly unfair. And- this dream has been going on for ages, am I in a coma? But, thats irrelevant! Again! Ugh! I should say something.

Miera's Point of View

"M-M-Miera?" mumbled Ralph, as he blushed.

I seemed lost for words. "Morning Ralph. How are you feeling?"

I think at that moment Ralph tried to smile, but, no offence, he did a bad job. It looked like a pained grimace rather than a fake grin.

"I'm great. Are you ok? I wonder what's going on..." He didn't get to finish, for a loud knock was heard on the door. A familiar voice called from behind it. "Children! Open the door! It's me! Gar Hulland!"

Ralph was at the door in a flash. Perhaps he was expecting Gar Hulland to visit.

Gar Hulland hurried inside and bolted the door behind himself. "Alright children. There is something terrible going on right now. Remember what I told you in one of the numerous discussions we had? Hevidell* is at war with us, Chickawulu, again. There is no time for you two to escape, so I want you to hurry to the childrens' war shelter located at 8674 Juntiea, Revemerall 43. It's underground, so keep your eyes peeled."

"Now, be careful. Especially you Ralph. I have heard from sources, that every boy over the age of 13 is to fight in this war. YOU are NOT to fight. Is that understood? I want you returned back to wherever you came from intact and in a healthy condition. Anyone ask you, answer you are 12 years old. I think you may be able to pull it off. I am part of the strategy planning force, do not worry about me. I am in safe hands. Hiljea and her family have left for Gardrome**, which is remaining neutral- for the time being. Don't worry about anyone but yourselves. Now, I have to go! Fare well, children, I may not see you for many a day!"

And as he said that, we saw Gar Hulland for the last time in a long, long time.


We never found our way to the childrens' war shelter at 8674 Juntiea, Revemerall 43.

*- Hevidell is the neighbouring island that is often in war with Chickawulu

**-Gardrome is another neighbouring steampunk island that is the smallest of the three islands. It remains neutral in most of the wars between Chickawulu and Hevidell.


I think I might leave one of these after every chapter :)

I am SO upset. I have a strange feeling this is becoming a romance novel, and that is not intended. Please just note that I have never written an action novel (this is SUPPOSED to be an action novel, as you will see later on) or a romance one, so if this takes a sudden bend to either, forgive me for being a wee bit... newbie-ish :D thanks for reading my Author's Note section!

Submitted: August 27, 2008

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Oh hey everyone, er... the part where it says 'Miera's Point of View' is supposed to be bolded, sorry!!

Wed, August 27th, 2008 11:15am


Thats fine I sortta noticed it. I like reading the authors note. hehe so fun and enjoyable. Does it say wat happened when they never found their way to the shelter? In the next chapter?


Thu, September 25th, 2008 3:27am


yep :)

Thu, September 25th, 2008 3:07am


yay this is exciting!!

Sun, September 28th, 2008 9:40pm



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