KABOOM! The sound of dynamite interested Hannah the Usul
in the dark Krawk Island cave, and her ears perked up to see where it was coming
"Blasted dynamite!" a faint cry rang. Hannah
grinned. It was the pirates. Not that she liked them, though. The pirates were
searching for a lost treasure of gold, deep inside the cave. Not only that,
but Hannah was looking for it, too.
"Arr, it blasted the entrance, mates!" the voice
complained again, and Hannah could hear a distant crumbling sound. "We going
t' have t' dig out again. Monty, find me shovel!"
"Uh, Grimson," came the reply of whom Hannah
assumed was Monty, "ye don't have yerself a shovel."
"Blasts!" came the cry of Grimson. Hannah tried
hard not to laugh as she moved closer to the sound. When she reached a few pile
of rocks, the voice became clearer and clearer.
When she carefully moved a stone, she saw a
Pirate Krawk with a Pirate Meerca. They had a few supplies with them; swords,
dynamite, a rope, a pick, and a map.
"Then hand me yer pick, Monty!" the Pirate Krawk
seethed, grabbing the map out of Monty the Meerca's hands. Grimson scanned through
the map, then said, "We should be close to me treasure. Arr!"
"Mate," Monty said, and turned to the pile of
rocks. Hannah ducked. "Don't ye mean 'Our treasure?'"
"Oh, yes, of course, matey!" Grimson boomed,
then reached for the pick and handed it to Monty. "Now start diggin' away."
Monty groaned, then hit the pick away over the
pile of rubble. Hannah grinned. They had a few supplies, and she could use them.
Suddenly her hand slipped on a small stone,
and Hannah fell to the wet ground, accidentally knocking the pile of rocks over.
The rocks piled over poor Monty and Grimson, but Grimson who was fast, quickly
got out of the rubble. He spat out a rock while gaping at the brown-haired Usul
in front of him.
"What?!" Grimson snapped, spitting out another
speck of sand before continuing. "What are ye doing here, little whipper snapper?!"
"Um," Hannah stammered, then pointed to the
ceiling. "Erm, look! A Mallard!"
"Where?" Monty cried, jumping up and scanning
the top of the cave. Grimson slapped his forehead as Hannah ran off.
* * * * * * *
"Phew!" Hannah said as she reached a safe corner in the cave. "I should be
safe from those pirates right now."
Quickly Hannah checked a small bag of supplies.
"Flint and steel, check," Hannah murmured as she checked her supplies. "A few
pieces of bread, check. Fresh water, check. Map, check. Coins, che-"
Just then a thump sound came from the end of
the cave. Hannah jumped up, startled by the welcoming sound. She looked around.
"Hello?" she called, but her echo was the only thing that spoke back to her.
Hannah sighed and sat down again, checking her supplies again. It was when she
was done checking did she look up to find a Green Pawkeet staring at her.
Hannah frowned. She hated Pawkeets; they pecked
at her so much. Mainly they looked scary with their dark blue feathers and red
eyes. This one, however, looked like the normal Pawkeets she had seen at Deckball.
"Hello there," she said to the unfamiliar Pawkeet,
who stood there blinking his eyes. "Are you lost?" After a moment she then decided
it best to leave it alone, so she turned around to leave the current chamber
she was in...
...when just then a shadowy pirate jumped in
front of her, holding a glistening small sword.
"Agghh!" Hannah screamed, then did a double
take and swung her bag in front of her. The pirate responded by pushing her
down to the ground. I can't see who he is! Hannah thought frantically.
She stood up and reached for the flint and steel, but at that moment the pirate
stepped on the small stone Hannah had slipped on, and he fell headfirst on Hannah,
sending them both to the ground.
"Hey!" the pirate said. Hannah stood up and
brushed the dirt from her green skirt, then turned to the pirate and saw a young
Pirate Shoyru. The pirate Shoyru got up and glared at Hannah. Hannah frowned
and glared back.
"What was that all about?" Hannah demanded.
"Why did you try to attack me?"
"If you never laid a hand on ol' Pawkee here,"
the Pirate Shoyru replied hastily, extending a paw for the Pawkeet to perch,
"I wouldn't have attacked ye here, would I?"
"What?" Hannah snapped. "I never laid hands
on your Petpet! I was just leaving this chamber. You and your pirate pals had
better watch out for me, anyway!"
"Ha!" the Shoyru replied, pushing Hannah again.
"What's a fair damsel like you doing in 'ere, anyway?"
"I," Hannah began, then pointed to the ceiling.
"Look! A Mallard!"
"Right..." the Shoyru said, rolling his eyes.
"It annoys me most when ye other pirates fall for that ol' trick of yours."
"Aren't you one of them?" Hannah asked curiously.
"Nope," the Shoyru said, flapping his wings.
Carefully he slid his sword back in his back pocket. He then extended his paw.
"Samuel the Shoyru. Sam for short."
"Hannah the Usul," Hannah replied, shaking the
hand. "I'm here to take back the treasure that those other pirates have been
Samuel's eyes grew suddenly wide. Hannah laughed.
"The other pirates do that too when they hear that, too," she continued. "They
scream and curse and..."
"Run," Samuel said, backing away a bit. Pawkee
began to squawk loudly, he too backing away.
"Yes, they do that too." Hannah said. "I guess
they are afraid of me, somehow."
"I meant run for your life!" Samuel shouted,
then grabbed Hannah and spun her so she was facing behind her. Hannah began
to protest, then screamed when she saw a huge boulder rolling to Samuel and
"Aaaahh!" Hannah cried as she jumped forward,
running as fast as she could while Samuel and Pawkee flew beside her, the trio
panting while running. They kept on running and flying away until they reached
a dead end.
"No!" cried Hannah, pounding on the damp cave
walls. "There has to be a way to get out of here!"
"There is, Hannah!" Samuel retorted, then suddenly
held out a piece of dynamite. "Would ye like to do the honors?" he said, grinning.
Hannah smiled and reached for the flint and
steel she had. Quickly she struck the flint, causing a spark. She set the spark
on the wire, in which Samuel set behind them. With that he pulled Hannah and
Pawkee close to the cave walls, while the boulder ran over the dynamite, blasting
into thousands of chunks, also making a hole in where Hannah was staring.
"Hold on!" Samuel told her, then pushed her
through the hole. Hannah screamed as she pummeled into the water, followed by
Samuel. The water rippled against the cave walls as Hannah gasped for air on
one of the cave floors. She couldn't see Samuel anywhere, though.
"Samuel!" Hannah called, coughing. No answer.
"Samuel!" she tried again, her voice desperate for an answer. After a moment
she swore she saw a strange flying figure, dragging something in the water.
Squinting, Hannah realized it was Pawkee trying it's best to pull an unconscious
Samuel to shore.
"Samuel!" Hannah cried, shaking the Shoyru.
"Speak to me!" Finally to Hannah's relief Samuel blinked, then got up, confused.
"Wh-what just happened?" Samuel asked. Then
he stared at Hannah. "I thought you drowned."
"What?" Hannah replied. "Of course not! You
should see me when I fight off the pirates and dive from the top of a ledge."
Then she laughed.
Samuel chucked. "Ay, you're a brave one, Hannah.
I've never seen a damsel like ye venture in these vast chambers."
Hannah gasped. "Queen Fyora," she said as she
stood up and pointed behind Samuel. "It's, it's..."
"...the Skull Chamber!" Samuel finished. They
gawked at a huge dark cave, with absolutely no light at all. It was shaped in
the form of a skull, with two small caves as eyes. It looked very uninviting,
and the eyes seemed to stare at you blankly. Hannah shuddered.
"Legend has it that many pirates ventured into
these chambers; they never came back," Hannah murmured.
"But legend says a treasure lies beyond ye cave
we see 'ere," Samuel added. He smiled. "That is what I am after."
Hannah grinned. "Well, too bad, because I will
find the treasure first."
"Oh yeah?" Samuel retorted mockingly. "What's
an Usul like ye going to do?"
"Go there," Hannah replied, then took off, leaving
a startled Samuel and Pawkee on the ground. "See you at the treasure!" she yelled,
going into the first cave.
"No, I'll see you at the treasure!" And with
that Samuel flew up to the first eye. "Come on, Pawkee!" he called to the excited
Pawkeet. "We'll beat her in no time!"
* * * * * * *
So who got to the treasure first? No one knows for sure. We do know that Hannah
and Samuel are racing through vast caves, past evil pirates, and will fight
them till the end to get that treasure, as best as they can, for they are the
best of friends.