Chapter 04The Long Lost Key of LincolnCarter's POV:
The galvanized iron roof was already chipped; mosses were growing on the paved walls. The bell was suspended under iron, and the pigments of its outer convex surface were rusted and withered. Even the old rope appeared severed and worn.
I attempted to look into the well. It seemed deep, as the walls of the concave interior paving stones that advanced towards the end were enveloped in darkness.
That was a dumb idea of me calling for someone in the well. My voice rang out. I could hear my voice bounce out of a deep well.
I took one cent out of my pocket and threw it into the well. I expected to hear a coin fall on the water or on the ground, but it did not.
Weird. How far is this thing headed? I-
"Hmm, looks like you're having some fun..." My heart almost dropped as I heard someone talking from behind.
I gasped. "Lincoln, You scared me! I thought I would fall into that pit out of fear! Jeez..."
"I am sorry. I had no intention of scaring you," He apologized.
"I did not notice you were here. How long you been standing here?"
"Well, not much more than you expected," replied Lincoln.
"By the way, you appear confused. Shouldn't you be in the manor, cleaning things up?"
"I just thought of wanting to breathe some fresh air."
I left my whereabouts and picked a small flower that had just bloomed beside me.
"Hmmm! These flowers smell good!"
For the record, Ricky loves flowers. He squeezed his nose in every flower he came across. If he were around.
Wait, where's that little brat now?
Unbeknownst to Carter, Ricky was overjoyed when he got out of their caravan. He wandered around their recently inhabited manor, but his feet carried him into a thick forest, and he could not follow his footsteps back home.
He got lost. He tried to go back, but he was just going around in circles and didn't know where the way back was.
While walking around, a shining object landed on the dry leaves of the tree. When he came to check it out, it turned out to be a key. A missing key which can unlock any door.
Little did he know, he suddenly and unwittingly stepped into a hole in the ground that was covered only with dry leaves when he took the key.
He fell through a hole and rolled underground. He had no idea that it would lead him to a precipice. Furious waves from the sea and sharp rocks await down below.
The manor is located on a lateral plateau that would resemble as if climbing a mountain. This is why the terrain is uneven, and it is secluded on the flat road that leads to the town.
On the other hand, when Mother finished preparing their meal, she started to reflect on where Ricky had been.
She was also worried as they had not seen him all day. Then she told Sandra to go get him.
Even before Sandra could get out of the house, she immediately heard her brother's loud voice. By his voice alone, Sandra knew it was him.
She heard it coming from the woods located to the east of the mansion, so she immediately went to follow where his voice led her to, until she caught up with Ricky on the edge of the pitfall, tightly clinging to a large root branch of a tree.
Sandra hastened to grasp Ricky's arms before eventually losing her strength to hold on.
By coincidence, Carter came right after that and saw Ricky, who was about to fall into the abyss of the ocean if Sandra didn't rush to help him.
Sandra had a disgusting expression on her face after she saw her youngest brother stained with dirt. His white shirt and khaki pants were covered in mud and leaves.
She scolded Ricky, "Don't ever run away again without telling us, okay?"
Sandra noticed that she was holding a shiny object and asked, "What's in your hand?"
"I found this strange key while walking in the woods!" He responded gladly as Ricky raised his hand to show him the key.
"The key looks old and looks like it can open some doors!"
Sandra wasn't convinced by Ricky's flawed explanation that he was walking through the woods.
They had just decided that they should go home.
Mom got worried about Ricky getting all dirty. Sandra brought up everything that happened to Ricky.
"You should never have done such a thing,"
Mother often reproves Ricky, slouching right after getting in trouble, observing that proper posture, good manners and right conduct helps one boost confidence.
"I won't do it again, sorry." Ricky apologized for her sneaky visit to the entire manor.
Lincoln, however, was inside the kitchen. He was the one who continued Mother's work cutting vegetables for their lunch.
But as he silently watched over them as they were addressing the issue, Lincoln's eyes widened as he saw the key Ricky was holding. He hastily left the kitchen and approached him.
"My, oh my! Look what you just found! Where and how did you get it?" Lincoln quickly took it out on Ricky.
He kept his eye on the key. His eyes nearly hit the key. He was fascinated by it, like it was the first time he saw a key in his whole life.
"I just found this key in the woods," he asserted when Auselle undressed him.
"But it appears odd, as a partial half of it is missing." He added, but his voice was mutilated by the turned dress, he was bred to remove. As soon as she got Ricky's clothes, she went to the laundry for the stained clothes on the basket.
It might be better for me to keep this key temporarily! You never know what this key might open." Her way of speaking was tainted with intention.
He then placed the key in his side pocket and left Ricky, Sandra and Carter uncertain.
Chapter 05The Getaway HousekeeperCarter's POV:"I just found this key in the woods," Ricky asserted when Auselle undressed him."But it appears odd, as a partial half of it is missing." He added, but his voice was mutilated by the turned dress he was bred to remove. As soon as she got Ricky's clothes, she went to the laundry and put the stained clothes on the basket.It might be better for me to keep this key temporarily! You never know what this key might open." His way of speaking was tainted with intention.He then placed the key in his side pocket and left Ricky, Sandra and Carter uncertain.Lincoln, without a flaw, graciously turned his back around, but before he even dared to walk out and flee, I pulled his arm to rotate his body back to face us."Hey!" I halted Lincoln."You cannot take what my brother had-" I
Chapter 06The Curious MindsCarter's POV: When I reached the garden, I hid on the side where there were large bushy leaves, so I would not be easily noticed. I carefully kept my distance as far as possible and restrained my steps to make no unnecessary noise of rustling on the ground. The rhythm of the bell was still strong and continual. It was making a noise, but as I was getting closer to the spot to take a look, it became deafening, and I could hear it even louder. I covered my ears, but it didn't serve any purpose. The sound continued to flutter through my eardrums. I just had to stand for it. I tried to look through the brush leaves to see what Lincoln intended to do. First, he pulled the key out of the lace that was around her neck. Second, he approached the edge of the well. He knelt and bent his body to match the height of the well wall.
Chapter 07Temporary OrdinaryCarter's POV:"Have you come across Lincoln? It looks like he wasn't here last night," Mom said after sipping her caramel latte.I made my way to the table where Sandra and Ricky were having breakfast."He never even said goodbye. If he was leaving or anything, he should have let us know."We turn our heads toward each other with a serious and thoughtful look, as if we were transmitting signals or messages that we could only understand.It was like our minds were united during these moments. We saw what happened yesterday evening."What have you three been up to?" Mom got skeptical. She placed her cup of coffee at the table, then began to narrow her eyes, and her gaze appeared to sting."It's nothing, mom," Ricky did his best to act normal, but I could see his nose begin to sweat as he repl
Chapter 08FallacyCarter's POV: "Mr. Wister!" Call from the professor. I did not realize the time that I slept in oblivion in my chair, waiting. I quickly raised my head, stood up and saw everyone looking at me, and they were all waiting for a response. "Present, Ma'am! Err... Sir," Most of the students laughed in derision at my error. I immediately removed my hood, unplugged my earphones and confronted the professor with vigilance. "How about you? If you were given a chance at a superpower, what would it be?" What? I do
Chapter 09Call for an AdventureCarter's POV: The minute I got off the bus, I ran and chased Lincoln. Upon my arrival, he vanished. He was not there and I was not able to find him or any trace of his existence. He just magically disappeared out of thin air like a bubble. Did he just teleport himself out to escape? Not only was it just to think about as a blink of an eye, but I'm certain it was Lincoln! First, he took Ricky's key that he found in the woods; second, he jumped into the well from the garden; and now this? Jeez, I no longer know what to think! I don't know what Lincoln was planni
Chapter 10The Siblings' SchemeCarter's POV: "The unknown awaits and its calling for us, so let's delve into the depths of the mystery, unfolding the secrets that lie beyond our sight. I reckon," she answered in a sinister and poetic tone. "Now that is what I call fun! We have a mission! Yipee!" said Ricky with a cheerful voice. He jumped hysterically, and his enthusiasm was greater than I imagined."Uh, What did you just say?" I was taken aback by the confusion."There's no denying that you're as curious as I am. You wouldn't let a day go by with no answers. Would you, Carter?" said Sandra.She then smirked, raised her left eyebrow towards me, indicating a sign to seek my concurrence with what she was trying to determine."What's going on up there? Come down for dinner, children!" Mother ca
Chapter 11Entering the World of Encrest Part I: The Magical WorldThird POV: Ricky and SandraThey found themselves on the cold ground. As they became aware, their minds were instantly filled with questions.They got up in the middle of a big sigil with unfamiliar scriptures around them.They observed that the naked room they were in appeared old and primitive. It had a medieval architectural design."Where are we?" amazed Ricky.While they were looking around the place, a short ray of sunlight touched the part of Sandra's pale brown eyes.Only a small quantity of light could pass through the allocated spaces which came from the mysterious black door.As they came near the door, they heard the murmur of the crowd making an indistinct noise.Ricky opened the door, and they were astounded by what they saw. A bustling crowd of foreign entities encompass
Chapter 12Entering the World of Encrest Part I: The Sky Harbor of SalnorThird POV: Ricky and SandraThe lady's plume of crimson hair was coiled and braided in two, with tiny red ribbons attached at the end.She was wearing vintage pilot goggles with sparkles in her silver eyes, her ears were as sharp and pointy as an elf, her skin was like fresh strawberries dipped in milk.Her lips were cherry red and plump, and she wore a long and thick copper gingerbread gown made of wool cloth with a tucker tucked into her flat chest.The woman stopped while she was looking at something in between."Hmm, Natousak gna abi, ta ilagu agm gnabiakak, egnat agm golib..."(Hmm, Round ears, exquisitely odd chimerical personalities, and an unprecedented sense of fashion...)The siblings gave a sudden blank expression and both of their brows rose. They looked at each other for a few sec