THE BLUE PEARL JOURNEY
This story begins in a very small orphanage in Russia. In one of the rooms, there are four children. Three out of the four are the triplets Rose, Laurina, and Raven, at the age of eleven. The other was adopted into their family from America, sometime before they came across the orphanage. His name is Fred and he is ten.
These four children were sent from somewhere special, as their old grandfather told them. So, together they must go on a journey. A long and blue journey . . . .
CHAPTER ONE: THE JOURNEY
“You get Raven, I’ll get Fred.” Laurina whispered.
“Get up Raven. Pack up, we’re leaving!” Rose said as she shook Raven awake.
“Why are we leaving?” Raven questioned.
“We’ll explain on the way. Wake up Freddy Jones.” Laurina said.
“What?” Fred said sleepily.
“Hurry up and pack your things. There are people on our trail.” Rose warned.
“Tell us why we’re going and maybe we’ll pack up.” Raven said stubbornly.
“Okay,” Laurina said shaking Fred awake, “We’re blue pearl princesses. Your probably princes. Rose, show them the pearl.”
Rose took a small blue sphere out of a bag. “Here’s the pearl. It glows in your hand if you’re a true prince or princess. Now pack up.”
The boys asked pleadingly, “Why can’t we hold it? I want to try.”
“No. Not now.” Rose replied sternly.
The four packed up some clothes, food, drink, weapons, and the pearl. They decided to set out for the Blue Pearl Kingdom.
CHAPTER TWO: INTO THE COUNTRY
“W-W-Where are we going?!” Fred yelled, as he ran to the west of the country.
“He’ll turn up sometime.” Laurina said.
“Yeah. Raven, I really wish you would’ve brought your winter clothes. It’s cold where we are going. It’s cold here too.” Rose said to Raven.
“Guys . . . .” Laurina whimpered. “There’s some horn-head coming . . . coming from where Freddy was!”
Then, Rose started barking orders, “What are you waiting for? Raven. Fight him! Laurina! The horn-head came from Fred’s direction. Find Fred!”
Laurina ran to the west, Raven got out an axe, and Rose ran to a nearby tree. The horn-head, who really didn’t have horns; just a horn-hat, took his hat off, and charged at Raven.
“Give me the pearl. Master wants it.” the creature said in a voice that sounded like a talking cat that was growling like a lion.
“You will not have it!” Rose screamed at the horn-head. Then the battle began. The horn-head with his horned hat, charged at Raven. Raven, meanwhile, was running at it with his axe. Raven hit the horn-head on the arm, just before it hit himself. Then, though the horn-head was hurt, it ran back the same way it came.
A few minutes later, Laurina returned with Fred.
“Freddy Jones! Next time DO NOT run away like that! Be a good boy like Raven for once!” Rose yelled.
“Don’t treat him like that!” Laurina said to Rose as she held him in a very tight grip. She let go of him.
“I want to cross the border now. Fred and Raven, go check the east side, Laurina and I will check the west. Meet back at this tree if you find anything.”
CHAPTER THREE: ANOTHER BATTLE
Raven and Fred went to the east, as Laurina and Rose went to the west.
“I wonder what we do now.” Fred said to Raven. “It’s a little creepy over here.”
“Calm down.” Raven soothed. “Hey! Look over there. I see a gate! It might be a way to the border! You try and open it while I go find Rose and Laurina.” Raven explained.
Fred replied as Raven ran away, “Ok. Hurry back! Hmm . . . What was that! Ahhhh!”
Just as Fred said “ahhhh” another horn-head came at him. This time it had an axe. It was growling, and banging the axe on its horn-hat. Fred screamed again.
“Who yelled?” asked Rose.
“Freddy!” Laurina yelled looking at Rose. They both ran. Once they got there, they found Fred swinging his arms around wildly. Rose swung her bag at the horn-head, and knocked it out. “Is . . . is it d-d-dead?” Fred said stuttering.
“I don’t think so. Let’s cross this gate before we find out, or worse, more come.”
CHAPTER FOUR: ACROSS THE BORDER
The four crossed the border, only to find a tall, grass house, with a wheel barrow over logs for cooking. There was a nearby stream, and a tree.
“Let’s go hang our things on that tree, and I’ll cook dinner. Raven, give me your stuff and go start a fire. Freddy, you go check and see what the inside of the house is like. Rose, you don’t mind washing this in the stream, do you?” Laurina explained plainly.
Rose answered, “No, I don’t mind. Here, give me your coat.”
They went off in their different directions. Later, Rose came back with clean clothes.
“Is dinner done?”
“Yeah,” Raven said with his mouth full, “and it’s good.”
“Ok . . . . ,” Rose whispered, “Laurina, I know you think this is a nice place and all, but, I really, truly, don’t like it.”
“I don’t know how you feel, so I can’t help you there,” Laurina replied, “Let’s eat.”
CHAPTER FIVE: CAUGHT
The next morning, Rose decided she would do some cleaning, and let Laurina take a rest. Raven was usually an early riser, but he was still in the house, asleep.
“You take a rest. I’ll do some cleaning.” Rose said.
“I refuse,” Laurina grudged. “I’ll make breakfast, you sweep. Here,” she said handing Rose the broom.
Soon enough, the two girls were hard at work. Little did they know, that lurking in the shadows, were two of the Dark Sorcerer’s minions; horn-heads. “Let’s get the blonde first,” the large one said; meaning Rose. “Then the red-head.”
The other one replied, “I want to see some o’ the pearl! I don’t attack em’ for nothing.” The large one didn’t seem to hear the other one.
“Get the hook! Remember, crawl and creep. Not, stand and be loud.”
The horn-heads got out a hook made out of a strong metal. It was like a shepherd’s staff, but in this case, for kidnapping and stealing. Rose was sweeping still, with her back to the minions. Laurina was facing them, but didn’t know they were there. They took Rose first. They put the hook across her neck and pulled. She let go of the broom and screamed before being pulled into the shadows. Laurina couldn’t do anything, because within ten seconds after they pulled Rose, they pulled her.
CHAPTER SIX: LAVA
The horn-heads pulled them to a tower, where they were tied onto a swing. Not just any old swing to play on, but a swing that hung over a pit of lava.
“What do you think you’re doing!” Laurina cried.
“We’re leaving you here until you give us that pearl. Give it, or stay. Those are your choices.” one of the horn-heads replied.
“What should we do?” Rose whispered to Laurina.
“I-I-I . . . I think we should give them the pearl.” Laurina replied quickly.
“Seriously!?” Rose whispered sternly, “I thought you were on our side.”
“I didn’t mean it that way. I just thought that it would settle the problem.” Laurina said in a whisper.
“Now, I don’t think anything can. Raven might be able to fight, but Fred . . . ” Rose’s voice trailed off.
Meanwhile, at the cottage . . .
“Wake up Fred! Laurina and Rose are gone! Laurina has the pearl! Get up!” Raven shook Fred awake.
“They’re gone! Where could they be?” Fred asked.
“I don’t know. I’m going to look for them. Come with me if you want.”
The boys got dressed quickly. They explored the land around the house, and ended up finding the tower where the girls were being held hostage.
“Help! Get over here now!” the girls both screamed. “We’re over a pit of lava! Can’t you see that?”
“Yeah, we do.” Raven said coolly.
“Then get us down! There’s a log, but it’s too far away.”
The boys saw some more horn-heads. Raven battled them, while Fred swung his arms wildly again. The girls tried swinging to the log, and Laurina got onto it. Rose couldn’t see how she had done it. She wasn’t much of a gymnast.
Finally, Rose got off by swinging with all her weight, and they all ran before even more horn-heads could come.
CHAPTER SEVEN: THE OLD MAN
“We have to leave. Get your stuff. We’re going back across the border. We’ll try to find another place.” Rose said to the other three.
“Ok. I believe you.” Laurina said slowly, “Let’s pack and we’ll be on our way.”
On their way, they found an old man. Rose asked, “What way can we go to find a shelter? We need some place to stay.”
The old man replied, “You can go to a house if you go back across the border and follow a small path.”
After saying that, there was a pop, and he was gone.
“Well, that was weird and pretty blunt too, but at least he told us where a shelter is.” Laurina said.
Then they set off.
CHAPTER EIGHT: THE NEXT HOUSE
They went back across the border, and followed a path to a house; just like the old man had said.
“This is a nice little place. A lot of trinkets and rust, but I think it will do. For now at least.” Rose said.
“Hey! Swords!” Raven said excitedly.
“You can use them, just be careful.” Laurina said worryingly. “Look, a cane!”
“That cane is familiar. It . . . It couldn’t be. This is grandfather’s house!” Rose said.
“Do you think the swing is still here?” Laurina asked.
“The swing!” Rose said, running out the back door. Laurina ran after her. They both jumped on the swing.
The boys ran off to the left out the back door.
“Now to business.” Laurina said grimly. “If the boys find out about the pearl . . . they could take over us. We have to lie; tell them they’re not blue pearl princes. I’ll do it. You look for a map, a note – anything to help us get to the kingdom.”
“Where is a map? Just show yourself, you little rat of a map! A shield! I’ll take it . . . use it against my enemies.” Rose said as she took the shield off the table. “A map! There’s a note on the other side . . . blood! And . . . it says something weird – Beware – Dark Sorcerer – Good luck – Grand . . . Oh, the blood is too splotchy.”
She stuffed the note into her bag just as Raven marched in holding out his sword. “You are so evil. I thought we were blue pearl princes! You betrayed.”
“No,” Rose said, walking toward the back door. “You betrayed . . . . Laurina! Your power! Use it!”
Laurina thrust her hand toward Fred. Fred’s sword went flying strait into Rose’s hand.
“Now we can battle. Laurina, you get Fred,” Rose said turning toward Raven, “I’ve got him.”
CHAPTER NINE: RAVEN
The small battle went on. There was the clanging of swords from Rose and Raven, the sounds of swishing from Laurina’s skirts, as Fred kicked and punched. Laurina didn’t need a weapon; she had her power.
Rose never knew how good Raven was with a sword. She supposed he had started using his power. This was not a good sign for the girls. If Raven only used his power when angered, he could become an apprentice of someone they didn’t want to deal with.
“Raven! I’ll get you!” Rose screamed as she flung her sword to his side. Raven was gone in a puff of black smoke.
CHAPTER TEN: THE DARK LORD, PODIACK
“Lord Podiack. I will do anything you say.” Raven said in the fortress of the Dark Sorcerer Podiack. “You saved me from my horrible sisters and brother. I thank you for that.”
“You will use your power against them,” Podiack said in a voice that would chill anyone to the bone. “You will become my apprentice. I know to do this against your sisters. Your brother does not understand. Go after him first. You do not know how strong he is though; be careful. Be off!”
With that, and another puff of smoke, Raven the apprentice of the Dark Sorcerer Podiack, was gone.
CHAPTER ELEVEN: MORE SMOKE
“It was for his own good.” Rose said stubbornly. “He was going to turn no matter what.”
“I wish you wouldn’t have said that.” Laurina said shakily. “I think our fears came true.”
Laurina pointed off into the distance. Raven, now wearing a black helmet, (without horns) was walking steadily toward them. He was un-armed, but the girls knew he had his power.
“Pull out your axe Fred. Laurina here’s this.” Rose said throwing her a sword; the one Raven had before.
Raven was nearing them, as Fred ran closer to him. This was very un-like Fred.
“Freddy! Don’t do it!” Rose screamed, but it was too late. With one swish of his hand, Raven had struck him down. There was another puff of smoke, this time blue.
CHAPTER TWELVE: TRUE
“What? This isn’t true, I’m dreaming.” Laurina cried picking up Fred’s back pack he had carried before. The two children, crying, walked into the house. Raven had left.
“We have to go. The threat is now even more powerful. I found a map. There’s a note too. Here, I’ll read as much as I can: ‘Beware of the Dark Sorcerer. Good luck, Grand’ That’s all. It seems like Grand would have an ending or something. Maybe grandfather! I don’t know though. There’s more, but there’s a blood stain and I can’t read it. Look at the map.” Rose said handing it to Laurina, but she was paying no attention any more, for someone was talking.
“Hello. I just fell asleep, and woke up a little away from here.” Fred said excitedly.
“Oh, Fred.” Laurina said hugging him tightly.
“Freddy, we have to leave. You’re coming with us aren’t you?” Rose asked him.
“Oh, yeah! I’ll come!”
Together, the three headed out once more, on their way to the kingdom.
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: THE CAVE
It was snowing when they found another path. It was easy to find, but hard to follow. There were rocks, and the whole path was made of gravel. ”This is hard. I’m tired. Can we take a break?” Fred complained.
“Maybe,” Rose replied, “We want to keep moving. Right now we only have a few miles left. We should cross a river, then see the castle gates. I guess we can rest over there. It looks like there is a cave.”
They headed toward the cave. Laurina used her power to start a fire, they ate, and Rose stood guard that night. But she didn’t really stand guard. She wandered around for quite a while before returning. Rose found a creek that ran a bit away from the path. She thought it might open into a river, the one that was in front of the castle gates. That gave her an idea. Then, the girl returned to the cave, and within a few hours, the sun returned.
The next morning, after eating breakfast, they started off. This time they followed the creek. There was nothing to see except for the endless flats, and not too often, logs floating down the creek.
Then Laurina said, “Logs! If there are logs, there must be trees! The map showed trees around the kingdom. We are nearing it!”
With high spirits, they started running.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: RIVER, TREE, AND CREATURE
The next thing they saw was a river and many trees. It didn’t seem much like a river though. It was gold, shining, and moved to fast to believe. All they could say was “wow”. There was one thing they couldn’t figure out. “How do we cross it?” Fred asked over the roaring sounds of the river.
“Um . . . What do you think Laurina?” Rose said.
“I think we should use our power. We can build a bridge. I’ll get the pearl out.” Laurina explained. “The pearl will do what we think. Everyone – think of a bridge.”
Laurina pulled the pearl out of its special blue case. As she held it out in her hand, something dark pulled up around them. Horn-heads had closed in. There were about a hundred.
“Put the pearl away.” Rose whispered to Laurina.
“No, it’s the only way across.” Laurina whispered back urgently. Laurina kept it on her palm.
In the midst of it all, Fred was the only one who saw the girl. She was riding a blue horse with a silver mane. Blue! She swept the three up onto the back of her horse, and rode into the kingdom. And as for the pearl, it had fallen into the river.
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: THE NEXT MORNING, THE NEXT MEETING
The next morning, Laurina was the first to wake up. She woke Rose up, but the girls left Fred to sleep.
“Rose,” Laurina said somberly. “I lost the pearl. It fell out of my hand when we were swept up. I don’t know where it fell. The enemy probably has it now.”
“Your wrong.” said a clear voice. “My father, the king, has it.”
“Who are you? Wait . . . you’re the one on the horse.” Rose said.
“I am Eliza, daughter of the high king and queen. You can just call me Liza though. And you are right. I was on the horse. My father wants to see you – I don’t know why though. Follow me please.”
The princess was about fifteen. She had dark brown hair, and green eyes. Unlike regular princesses, she was wearing a tan poncho over a brown shirt and pants. She led them to a hall that had a long table, and many chairs. At the end of the table was the king. To his right sat the queen, and Eliza took a seat to his left. There was an old man sitting next to the queen.
In a loud booming voice the king said, “Welcome to the Blue Pearl Kingdom! We are very pleased to have you here. I am the high king, ElTheaden. This is the high queen Elizabeth. I suppose you have already met Eliza. She saved you from the Dark Lord’s minions.” After this he paused. Rose and Laurina were listening intently. Then he went on, “What are your names?”
“I’m Rose Jones. This is my sister, Laurina.”
“Ah . . . And do you have any brothers besides the one who lies in bed?”
“Yes. He . . . he . . . ” Laurina never finished her sentence.
“We know,” the queen said quietly. “We are sorry.”
Then the king spoke up again. “Here is my wife’s father.”
“Grandfather!” Laurina yelled out.
“You know this man?”
“Yes! Yes! He is our grandfather! Wait . . . did you say he was the queen’s father?”
“Then . . . then you’re my father? You’re my mother?”
“It seems to be. Long ago, there was a war. A war between our kingdom, and the Dark Lord’s. Yourselves and your brothers were sent away with your grandfather. You were given the pearl as well. We only thought to send you four away so it wouldn’t be suspicious that all our children were gone. We had adopted Fred just before we sent you. Now you have returned. We will have a celebration.”
“But, why don’t we remember any of that? And where is the pearl? We sort of . . . well . . . lost it.” Rose said.
“Your grandfather put a spell on you, once you arrived at his house. And we have the pearl safely hidden.” the queen replied. “Now, I believe this is enough to take in before breakfast. I will arrange for a celebration. Now, run off.”
Liza, Rose, and Laurina went back to the room from which they came. Liza showed them a map of the kingdom. Surprisingly, they learned it very quickly.
“I can’t believe I’m a princess! And that you’re my sister.” Rose said to Liza.
“Yes, it’s wonderful. I don’t remember having sisters. Mother and Father must have put a spell on me too.” The girls laughed.
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: THE CELEBRATION AND THE STABLES
The celebration the next day was wonderful. Rose, Laurina, and Fred were all guests of honor. They also met every one of importance. There was a lot of shaking of hands. As they went to sleep that night, all of their worries were washed away. Everything seemed back to normal.
The next day, Liza took them to the stables. “Rose, this is your horse. Laurina, follow me. Yours is back here.”
Rose looked at her horse. It was all black, except for its shining blue eyes. They matched her own. Rose had decided to name her horse Rocket. Laurina and Liza came back. Laurina was skipping excitedly. She had named her horse Leo.
After lunch, they decided to take a ride on their horses. Liza came with them. They rode through the forest, and to the golden river.
“This is the Golden River.” Liza explained. “It runs all the way around the kingdom. If we cross it, we would not be on our property anymore.” They turned back to go to the stables.
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE GATES
Many horn-heads were lurking in the trees across the river. With them was Raven.
He said in his new evil voice, “Search the river. One of the girls dropped it in there. If you don’t find it, I will not be pleased.” At this, some winced, then they all went to search.
“This water is gold!” said a horn-head. “I just want one touch of it.” He dipped his hand into the pure gold river. He was sucked down into it.
“Help. He’s drowning!” said another minion. A few rushed over. Instead of a floating body, there was nothing at all. “He’s gone. Don’t touch the river as he did.”
“But, how will we find the pearl?” another asked.
“We won’t be able to find it, because they already have it.” Raven said, coming out of the shadows. “We will have to go into the kingdom.”
That night Fred wasn’t sleeping well. He got out of bed and crept to the front gates. Outside he saw nothing but the dark. “Well, I guess I just wasn’t sleeping well because of – of – I don’t know.” Just then he heard a noise coming from outside. It was the sound of an axe being pounded on a helmet.
“Horn-heads! Everyone wake up. There are horn-heads outside!” Fred yelled while running back to the girls’ bedroom. “Horn-heads.”
King ElTheaden came out of his room and bellowed, “Guards. Protect the queen and princesses. Soldiers. Come with me!”
The soldiers and the king ran to the gates where Fred was, just a bit ago.
“Open these gates!” yelled Raven. “Or give me the pearl!”
“No!” the king yelled in reply at a level so loud, that everyone in the village woke up.
“We will return.” Raven said softly, but sternly. He said it, though, no one could hear.
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: THE LAST BATTLE
The next morning, King ElTheaden was out surveying the land. Princesses Eliza, Laurina, and Rose were out talking with the queen. Everyone was armed; just in case. It was good that they were armed because just then, a few horn-heads, Raven, and Podiack, came running.
The king then yelled, “Battle!!!”
Everyone stopped what they were doing, pulled out their weapons, and charged. The queen was the fastest and ran to the front. As she ran, Podiack stood still, and as she was about to swing her sword, the Dark Lord swung too.
There was a cry, and Laurina and Rose ran over to where Queen Elizabeth had disappeared into a cloud of blue smoke. Liza started shooting with her bow and arrows. Laurina and Rose started crying. King ElTheoden ran to the Dark Lord with his sword held high. He swung, and Podiack disappeared. He was gone. Dead.
There was still something odd. The king hadn’t done it alone. Someone else had to had helped him . . . . He couldn’t kill The Dark Lord, himself.
CHAPTER NINETEEN: RETURNED, REUNITED, REUNION
The battle soon ended. All of the evil was destroyed. There was only one death on the good side, and one gain too. A mysterious gain. Raven, who had returned; betrayed the Dark Lord, and had killed most of the horn-heads.
There was a meeting that night, in the same room that they went to when the Jones arrived for the first time. Their grandfather was there too. He was the first to speak.
“This battle is now over. The pearl is safe. And we are in peace. Now, you, you, you, you, you, and you,” he said gesturing to each of them. “Will all go and find the knife that you must use to cut the pearl. Destroy it. It is off in a faraway land. You have the map. Now, I will be leaving for dinner.”
“But! Wait!” Rose said. “When you disappeared; what did you do?”
He replied, “I move-traveled here of course.”
“You mean we walked all this way for no reason!? We could have just move-traveled!”
And with that, the seven went off to dinner.
(The next book will be called The Silver Knife Journey. Look for it in a while!)