The Curse of Cronus

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 2 (v.1)

Submitted: December 11, 2011

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Submitted: December 11, 2011

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The next morning came. The climate is good. There is no sign of a heavy rain. Nathan woke up early due to the sound of the humming birds outside. His eyes opened a little, blinked twice, and stretched his arms as he looked at the window. Then he looked at the wall clock.

“5:45 AM”. He sat down and get his eyeglasses , then wear it. He stretched his arms once again together with his feet and his back.

“Today is the day..” he whispered to himself as he left his room. He went to his sister’s room. A loud alarm of alarm clock welcomes him as he enters her room. But Hannah is still asleep due to the loud sound of her alarm clock. Nathan turned off the alarm clock. He patched his sister’s cheek lightly.

“Hey wake up! Kyle and the others would be here later.. Hey!” He patched her harder, but still, her eyes were glued as if they were sealed. Nathan searched Hannah’s cell phone. It’s under her pillows. He looks for a ring tone that can awake her drastically, though the alarm clock is enough to awaken her. He puts it near her ear. Hannah almost jumps in bed hearing that kind of sound- sound effects usually heard in horror films.

“What the..! Hey, it’s too, early, isn’t it?” Hannah murmured and closes her eyes again.

“Wake up! You better pack your bags. Kyle and the others would be here later. They might arrive here for an hour.” Nathan cannot able to convince his sister. He sighed and puts his arms on his waist.

“Hey, we might be late in our trip. You better..” an alarming buzz of a vehicle is spreading through the atmosphere during a peaceful morning. The buzz repeated thrice. Nathan looked outside the window. He saw a grey van right beside their gate. It was Kyle’s.

“Hey guys!” Nathan waved his hand and someone opened the window of the van in the driver’s seat.

“What’s up, Nathan? Are we on time?” Kyle giggled a little for he told Nathan that they would arrive at 7 o’clock. Kyle is Nathan’s best friend. They were classmates since Elementary. They were like brothers.

Kyle has a fair complexion with a tinge of strawberry-like shades. He has pretty brown eyes, matching to his perfect eyebrows and has a straight black hair. He’s a bit taller that Nathan. Meanwhile, Nathan has a blond straight hair, compatible to his cerulean, just like what his sister also has. What they don’t have in common is the shape of their faces- Nathan’s rounded shaped face, while Hannah’s is somehow curved like a shape of a heart.

“Is that Kyle?” Hannah asked with a prop voice, eyes were still closed.

“I told you.” Nathan left his sister and went down to open the gate.

“Where are you going brother?” Hannah sat down and cleansed her eyes. She went down on her bed and chased her brother.

Nathan came rushing down the stairs. He opened the gate so that Kyle could park his van in the garage.

The van opened, and someone went outside. “Did we surprise you?” Shin asked with a naughty expression on his smiles. Shin is one of the closest friends of Nathan. Both Shin and Nathan are scholars, and they shared the same hobby-reading. Nathan giggled and shook his head.

Everybody went outside and followed Shin. There is Daniel, Jasper and Sophia. Daniel is one year ahead of them. It just happened that he is friendly and knows almost everybody inside the campus. Daniel is also a childhood friend of Nathan and Hannah when they were still living with their parents is Pennsylvania.

There is also Jasper, the comedian in the group. He is known for his sense of humor, and lastly, Sophia, classmate of Hannah. Hannah and Sophia were so close to each other, although they don’t have the same attitude and likes. Hannah is a kind of girlish sweetie while Sophia is a geek. She wears thick eyeglasses and speaks only when she has something to say.

“O-ho! Look at Nathan! He went outside without slippers. Seems that he is in hurry!” Jasper yelled as everybody looked at him. Everybody laughed at him. Nathan also laughed when he realized that he went outside without slippers, with his hair uncombed.

“Come inside guys!” Nathan convinces them. Everybody went inside Nathan’s house. They had breakfast in Nathan and Hannah’s house and had a little discussion.

“Flashlights, check. Ointments, check. Medicines, check”, Nathan continued checking his things when Kyle went beside him.

“Hey, aren’t those the materials we need during boys scout camping?” Kyle jokingly said as he tapped Nathan’s shoulder.

“Those remind me of our Elementary days when we had camping” he added and both of them laughed.

On the other side, “Make up, lipstick, check! I’m done with my stuffs brother! Let’s go!” Hannah yelled as she passed over Nathan and Kyle.

“Hey, do you have your…” Nathan added reminder to his sister, but Hannah anticipated him.

“Oh! I have those packs of napkins with me. Thanks for reminding me.” Nathan just bowed his head and he was the one who felt embarrass instead of his sister.

“Hannah never changed. She is still shameless to whoever is in front of her, even in you.” Nathan said to Kyle. Kyle just laughed at it.

“It’s OK. I’m used with her. It’s alright, besides, she’s my girlfriend.” Kyle replied.

“It seems that Kyle accepts Hannah for whoever is she.” Nathan said to himself as both of them went outside.

All bags were packed. Everybody went inside the van. When everybody gets inside, Kyle turned on the stereo, got the key in his pocket and turned on the engine. Kyle started driving. At last, the trip had started.

After a minute, Nathan’s phone rang.

“Hello? OK. Yeah, dad, I’ll take care of my sister. Tell mom not to worry, OK?”

“How thoughtful your parents are”, Daniel spoke,

“Of course!” Nathan replied shortly.

Everyone has their own businesses. As usual, Nathan wears his eyeglasses and started reading Greek mythology again. He had finished three pages for almost 15 minutes. Besides, Nathan had read the book for many times. No doubt he would finish it fast. Nathan refrained from reading. He rests for a while then he blinked. When he opened his eyes, a surprise made him shock. He is sitting in a wooden chair, and in front of him is a rectangular table. There he found a triangular board and the sand clock, which he often sees in his dreams.

“You need to play with me”, a mysterious voice coming from somewhere spoke. Nathan stood up. He was terrified for what he saw. The sand clock is moving by itself. The sand clock turned on the opposite side and the sand started falling. Every fall of the sand seems to be heavier and heavier. His heart leaped faster. His mind gets confuse. He closed his eyes, and when he opened it, he found himself soaking in sweat.

“Hey, wake up. We’re here, in airport.” Kyle tapped his shoulder. Nathan stood up and started looking everywhere.

“Is anything wrong with yah?” Jasper asked.

“Oh, nothing really matters.” Nathan replied shortly.

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“Fasten you seatbelts and enjoy the trip!”

“Yoohoo!” Everybody puts their seatbelts. It seems that the atmosphere is so alive. Everyone is excited.

The flight is good for at least half a day. Nathan sat up quietly, watching the clouds on the sky. He’s looking for a star, but he found nothing. The stars were hiding beneath the large piles of clouds.

“Guys!” Kyle announced something to his friends. He said that they were about to arrive on or before 7 in the morning.

“Don’t worry, the hotel is already sat for us. I already reminded the caretaker lately.” Kyle added.

Nathan listens with one ear. His focus remained on the clouds. The white clouds appear to be violet at the first look because the evening is already spreading throughout the sky.

“All clouds”, Nathan said to himself. But just after he spoke, there appeared a white, bluish object right after the window beside him. The figure formed an eye and a shape like a face of a horse with one horn on its forehead. Nathan can’t believe on what he had seen. The horse looked at him, which surprises him, which surprises him more.

After just a moment, the magical creature passed over the window beside him. When he viewed it farther, it appeared to have wings and two consecutive flashes of lightning crossed over the huge pile of cotton-like clouds. As the lightning crossed, an image of a castle, more like a temple, depicted under the clouds. It looks like the image was floating in the sky. Nathan froze up. He can’t move his body. Right after a moment, there appeared an image of a horse again right beside the window near him.

“Horse!” he shouted by his surprise.

Everybody looked at him. Everyone gazed at him with a look that will melt him.

“Did you say, a horse?” Shin asked with an unbelievable expression on his face. A moment of silence blew them up. Then everybody burst in laughter, except for Sophia, who just smiled.

“Brother! Are you crazy? There’s no horse here!” Hannah continued laughing.

“No horse can fly, Nathan. It’s only your imagination. Did you practice that joke?” Jasper added and continued laughing.

“But there is!” Nathan insisted. “I saw a horse! And it’s flying!” he slowed down his voice so that no one can hear him except from his company. Sophia tapped his shoulder and pointed at their right side. Everyone looks at them. All eyes were in Nathan that made him embarrass.

“S-sorry”, he said softly, and everybody kept quiet.

After an hour of the silent screams echoing inside his mind, he noticed that each of them fall asleep except him. He kept on thinking on what he had saw. He continued asking himself for many times.

“Was it all a dream?”

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