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Carter finds himself in a new world where only women and monsters thrive.

Note: ISEKAI. This story will contain writings about tasteful sex. I like to give every character in my story a name and some story. Don't worry about remembering everyone. Carter is the main character, and people will come and go throughout his life.

"The monster fell forward as it couldn’t stop fast enough, and its mirror mouth engulfed Carter in one bite. The forest went quiet. Carter's vision turned black, and a sense of vertigo engulfed him. He felt like he had climbed into a rabbit hole that was caving around him. A silent scream came to his lips."


The Four Towers
Book One
The World of Thresh


Mirror, Mirror

A light wind blew across the park's verdant grass, creating a ripple effect that trickled down to the small pond at the bottom of a large hill. The park starkly contrasted with the tall skyscrapers surrounding it, a canyon of metal surrounding an oasis. The specks of people played, swam, and ran around with fun in mind. No one noticed the bus stopping and the irrelevant people stepping out.

The old bus, older than it should be for public transit, deposited the three guests at the park's entrance. The little boy and girl screamed joyfully as they entered the park's embrace. The older woman, not that old, burdened with a rucksack full of food and sundries, sluggishly walked behind them. She had a lot on her mind and couldn't be bothered with feelings of delight and joy like the children had. She was an adult now, taking care of her eight-year-old brother at the age of twenty, and all the responsibilities included. Her face turned into a frown at that thought.

"I don't want to be an adult," she murmured with a feeling of helplessness, "I can't even drink yet."

She was glad she packed the food extra carefully, knowing full well what the bus rides around here were like. She wandered into the park and started to look for a place to sit. Carter and Lyna, the children, frolicked and gamboled from place to place without a care. Screams of delight and laughter echoed throughout the park, violating her ears with their frivolity.

It's a big word, frivolity; I learned it when I was looking up articles on depression. Lack of seriousness. Seriousness. This whole day is going to be serious.

It took Carry a while, but she finally found a small area on the grass that overlooked the lake below. Her brother Carter and step-sister Lyna came running over to where she was standing, and Carter fell on the ground before her.

"Is lunch ready? I'm hungry," said Carter while lying on his back and looking into the blue sky. Lyna, wearing shorts and a t-shirt of aliens, sat down on top of Carter's chest, and he let out an ample grunt.

“How about you guys go play? I'll call you when it's ready,” said Carry. She threw back her long blonde hair out of her face and swatted a pesky fly away. Carry was very beautiful and had many gentlemen callers, as her mom used to call them. She was thrust into this life and wanted her old, self-absorbed life back.

“Okay, Sis!” said Carter, pushing Lyna off him and taking off running. Carter was a blond-haired, blue-eyed, intelligent eight-year-old boy who liked to wear his hair too long. He was large for his age and just as handsome as his father.

"Don't go too far!" yelled Carry as she watched Carter run away.

“Wait up, Brat!” said Lyna, a blond-haired, green-eyed, capricious twelve-year-old girl. She looked like a miniature version of her famous Hollywood mother: Beautiful and intelligent.

Carry opened her rucksack, removed her favorite blanket, and threw it on the grass. The rucksack was her father's, and she would always get chastised for calling it a backpack. "This is made to last, unlike your flimsy backpack" her father would yell. The name Lt. Grant was stitched on the top of the rucksack. Her dad thought giving her the name Carry, Carry Grant, was funny.

She had picked a spot where she could see the whole park. She started emptying the rest of the contents of her rucksack onto the blanket. A few people sat around her, but the park was not very busy. She could see the tree line in each direction, and down the hill was a placid lake with happy couples paddle-boating around in it. The lake was massive but shallow. It even had an island in the middle of the lake where people would walk around hunting for colorful rocks and stones.

After placing all the food down on the blanket, Carry let out a small sigh. She watched Lyna and Carter laughing, running, and playing on the grass. Their parents were famous actors and had died in an airplane crash a few years ago. Carry had to leave her sophomore year in college to care for her six-year-old brother. She had to put her life on hold and take on an onus that wasn’t hers. She loved her brother, but she was still a child herself. Lyna still lived with her mother and only came over to visit Carter. Lyna didn’t play well with others and had very few friends. She seemed to only like Carter, so she spent a lot of time at their apartment.

Carry and Carter's parents had been wealthy, leaving them well off. They had naught to worry about financially. She was more worried about her mental state. She was starting to loathe her brother. Her friends had told her about a boarding school. Carry had investigated the school and had decided to enroll Carter for his own good. No, that's wrong. It was for her own selfish reasons, so she hadn’t told him yet.

Carter was a brilliant boy. He retained everything he learned quickly. The boarding school was drooling over his school records. Carter had loved his parents, but he rarely saw them and didn’t miss them as much as Carry did. She rationalized that Carter would be fine at the new school.

“Lunch time!” she screamed down the grassy hill at Carter and Lyna. They both turned around and started running back. She put on a happy smile and placed down their meals.

“It’s for the best” she thought.

Carter and Lyna sat on the blanket beside each other and started eating. Lyna had the usual pout on her face compared to Carter's smile. "How can a child who had so much trauma in his life smile so much?" thought Carry.

With his mouth full of food, Carter said, “Will we have time to take out the paddle boat? I want to go to the pond on the small island.”

“Yes, there will be enough time. Lyna is old enough now to take you there,” said Carry. Carter stopped chewing and then looked up at Carry.

“You’re not coming?” asked Carter.

“No, I don’t feel like it; I’m sorry,” said Carry as she took a bite of her sandwich.

“Is it because of the new school you’re sending me to?” asked Carter. Carry almost choked on her sandwich when she heard those words.

“How do you know that?” said Carry with a fearful look in her eye. That boy is way too smart for his own good.

“You’re moving away? Why?” asked Lyna with a panicked expression. Carter stopped chewing and swallowed.
“I overheard you talking to the principal of Karvard Institute. I was wondering if you were sending me to a mental institute, so I looked it up. It’s a prestigious school,” said Carter as he pushed his long, blond hair out of his face.

“So, you don’t mind?” said Carry.

"Of course, I mind. But I’m sure you have a good reason for sending me,” said Carter. He gulped down some soda.

“Will I be able to see you?” asked Lyna.

Carter looked over at Lyna and smiled. Even though she was a stepsister, he loved her like a real sister. “You will always be welcome to visit me,” said Carter.

Carry felt a small tear run down her face. How could Carter be so nice? She was shipping him off so she didn’t have to deal with him, and he knew it.

Carter finished his food and let out a loud belch. Lyna grimaced, and Carry started laughing. Carry didn’t deserve Carter as a brother, but she got him anyway.

“Let’s go Lyna! I want to jump into the small pond!” said Carter enthusiastically.

Lyna grabbed the last bites of her sandwich and shoved it into her mouth. She stood up and mumbled, “Let’s go!”

Carter leaned down and gave Carry a big hug. She smiled and hugged him back. Carter was someone who loved giving big hugs and kisses. Everyone was so surprised that a boy could be so affectionate. Carter turned around and took off running. Carry felt an enormous weight lifted off her soul and started cleaning up the dishes and leftovers with a smile.

Carter and Lyna ran down the hill at full speed. Carter was winning and kept looking back to make faces at Lyna. “No fair, you had a head start!” screamed Lyna.

“I did not!” said Carter as he stopped and let Lyna catch up. After she passed him, he took off after her, running at full speed. He passed her again and made it to the paddle boats before her.

“I’m the winner!” said Carter.

“I don’t think I want to go on the paddle boat anymore!” said Lyna with a pouty face.

Carter expressed his best penitence face and said, “I’m sorry. Please, can we go?”

“I want to hear you say it!” said Lyna.

Carter smiled and looked down at the ground. “Can we go, please, big sister?”

“That’s better!” said Lyna.

She jumped onto the paddle boat, and Carter was right behind her. Lyna asked Carter a question as they paddled to the little island in the middle of the big lake. “Aren’t you going to miss your sister?” said Lyna.

“Yes, but she needs time to be young and fancy-free. Plus, I can get a great education,” said Carter. His smile was rather infectious.

“You don’t mind being by yourself?” asked Lyna.

“Not really,” he stopped to think about how pathetic that made him look.

“I’ve been by myself for most of the eight years of my life. A nanny here, a nanny there. Sis had a lot of friends around her age that she hung out with, and she was gone most of the time,” said Carter.

“Are you going to miss me?” said Lyna.

Carter leaned over and hugged Lyna, shaking the boat back and forth, and said, “Yes, I will miss you the most.” Holding the side of the boat firmly, Lyna smiled and hugged him back. She didn’t even let her mother hug her, yet she allowed Carter to.

“You better!” said Lyna as their little boat hit the shores of the little island. Lyna and Carter exited the boat and hopped onto the sandy beach.

"Race you there!" shouted Carter.

Lyna’s phone rang, and she pulled it out of her pants pocket.

“Come on, let’s go!” screamed Carter.

“Just a moment, it’s my mom,” said Lyna.

Lyna's mother was ending her fourth marriage, and she always called Lyna for support. She had married Carter's father two weddings ago. Carter is so quiet all the time that he overhears things easily.

A look of disappointment came over Lyna's face as she listened to the voice on her phone. She looked at Carter and said, “You go on, I’ll catch up!”

“Okay,” said Carter.

He turned around and ran down the trail into the forest. The island was about three thousand feet in diameter and was bigger than most people thought. The path was well-marked, and footprints were copious in the sand. Even in this peaceful place, you could still hear the city noises assaulting your ears: police sirens, honking horns, and overpowered cars racing down the streets. Carter ignored it and ran faster.

He finally reached his destination, the center of the island. It was mostly tall grass with a few trees sprinkled around it. The path abruptly ended at the edge of the long grass. The thousands of intruders had not trampled a path to the pond. He started walking faster towards the magical pond, which he now had a glimpse of and excited him.

Carter stopped suddenly because he saw a movement to his right out of the corner of his eye. A reflection in the sun that made him stop. He looked around and noticed that no other people were around.

“Hello,” said Carter softly.

He started walking toward the pond again while his head bobbed left and right. He came out of the tall grass, and a small smile bloomed across his face.

“Must have been a mirage,” said Carter. He noticed that nobody else was there. He had the pond to himself. The pond was clear, clean, and warm. It felt like a big bath. It was one of Carter's favorite places.

He sat down next to the pond and took his shoes and socks off. He waded into the shallow pool. It wasn’t very big, maybe a hundred feet across.

A few years back, the park’s forest rangers painted thousands of rocks and dumped them into the pond for a celebration. Over the years, people had grabbed them and took them home as good luck souvenirs. It was harder to find one now, but Carter always had fun looking. He reached into the water and started digging around when he heard another noise across the pond. He stopped what he was doing and looked over at the pond’s edge. A little ripple traversed across the water's surface like someone had just entered the pond. Despite his intense scrutiny, he was unable to spot anyone around him.

“Lyna?” said Carter, hoping for a response.

“My imagination,” murmured Carter to himself as he swung his head back and forth as if to get rid of a bad dream.

“I wonder where Lyna is?” he added. He looked around once again and then shook his head again. He looked down into the water and saw a pink-colored stone unearthed from his footprint. He bent down, grabbed the stone, and brought it up. It was a pink-colored stone.

“Good luck to me!” he shouted. The many times he had come here, he had never found one.

“Can I have it?” said a warm voice before him. He stopped staring at his pink stone and looked up. A reflection of himself looked back. It took him a little longer for his brain to comprehend what he was seeing.

He first noticed the sharp teeth surrounding the inside of an oval-shaped mirror. They were sharp, pointy, and measured a couple of inches long.

Then, the fur, eyes, arms, and legs came into focus. His mind was playing tricks on him. Carter was frozen in awe and fear. The creature turned its face to look around, presumably to see if anyone else was around. As the creature did this, he disappeared. Carter realized that he could only see the mirror monster when it was directly facing him. That is how it snuck up on him!

“Camouflage,” said Carter out loud.

“Very perceptive, human,” said the mirror-monster as he faced Carter again.

“Can I have that stone? Pink is my favorite flavor,” said the creature as its teeth started to point out from the surface of his reflective mouth. The creature held out its scrawny arm and hand for Carter to place the stone in.

He didn't like it, but fear took hold of him. Carter let out a scream of “No” and took off running. He ran out of the water, past his shoes and socks, and down the path. He could hear the mirror monster behind him, chasing him, yelling, “Come back, please.”

“No!” screamed Carter again, holding onto his new pink luck-rock.

As he was running, his fear finally subsided, and a thought came to his mind. “It’s a mirror and I have a rock,” thought Carter.

His brain was racing, and he thought, “I need to think of a good one-liner before I throw this at him.”

All he could think of was to say, “Here you can have it” and throw the pink rock at its mirror face. He stopped abruptly and turned around. The mirror monster was closer than he thought. Carter let out a scream.

The mirror monster's mouth went wide as it screamed out the word “What?”

The monster fell forward as it couldn’t stop fast enough, and its mirror mouth engulfed Carter in one bite. The forest went quiet. Carter's vision turned black, and a sense of vertigo engulfed him. He felt like he had climbed into a rabbit hole that was caving in around him. A silent scream came to his lips.

The mirror monster lifted itself and brushed off the dirt from its teeth and body.

“Oh no!” said the mirror monster when it looked around. “Now I did it; she won’t be happy,” said the mirror monster as it looked around, hoping the little human had hit him and bounced off into the forest.

“Cow, you stupid reflective surface! What is this you sent me?” asked a female voice from the mirror monster’s mouth that wasn’t his.

“I’m sorry, Tain, it fell into my mouth,” said Cow.

“You sent me a human male. Poor thing, it won’t survive in this world. You know that,” said Tain with sadness in her voice.

“I’m sorry. It was a mistake," said Cow with a genuinely sorry demeanor. The mirror monster sat down in the path for a moment, waiting to be scolded.

“Nothing we can do about it now,” said Tain as her voice weakened.

“It’s nice to hear your voice, love,” said Cow, knowing the connection would be broken.

“I love you husband. I’ll talk to you in another decade,” said Tain.

“Carter! Carter!” screamed a voice from down the path. Cow dashed into the forest a few steps and turned sideways, hiding from view. After the hysterical female ran by, he ran towards the larger lake. Cow jumped into the lake, dug a big hole, and covered himself up. He would spend the next ten years hibernating again, building up enough power to open the gate again. Cow will not make another mistake, condemning a human boy to death like that. Next time, he’ll send a prime female human sample to Thresh. His large, round eyes started to close.

“Damn!” he mumbled into the surrounding silt. “I never did get that pink stone!”


A long way from home

Good-bye Cow,” said a woman's voice as Carter opened his eyes. He saw two eye stalks attached to a large mirror looking at him. He crab-walked backward from the toothy mirror, resting on a large rock propped against his back. He cocked his hand back, holding the pink stone in his hand, ready to throw it at any threatening movements of the mirror creature.

“No need for that, honey. I’m not going to hurt you. Cow wasn’t trying to hurt you, either. He’s simple, if you know what I mean,” said Tain.

Carter lowered his hand down and looked around. “Ma'am, where am I?” asked Carter as he looked around.

“Such a polite boy, such a shame,” said Tain as she shook her head.

She turned, pointed to the west, and said, “There is the city of Dale to the west, across the straights of Cambia.”

“Pardon me, which direction did you point?” asked Carter.

“The direction I’m pointing to, silly child,” said Tain.

“You’re invisible; I can’t see where you’re pointing to,” said Carter.

Tain turned towards Carter and said, ‘I’m sorry. I forget sometimes. It’s been a while since I talked to anyone that wasn't screaming and running away.”

“That’s alright,” said Carter with a smile as he stood up. He lifted himself off the ground and brushed the dirt off his butt.

“Such a dear boy,” said Tain.

“It’s that way. You will need to swim across the straights,” said Tain as she pointed west again.

“I’ve read hundreds of books on geography, but I never heard of Dale, except in a fictional book,” said Carter.

Tain looked away for a moment to collect herself as she was beginning to cherish this young man.

“Dear, I’m sorry, I forgot to tell you. I’ll explain on the way to the west shore,” said Tain as she turned and disappeared again.

“That would be appreciated,” said Carter.

Carter could hear the mirror monster’s footsteps, but in this brush, he couldn’t see which direction she walked off in.

“Ma'am, I’m sorry again, but I don’t know what direction you’re walking,” said Carter as he looked around.

A voice that was yards away said, “Pardon?”

Tain turned towards Carter again and reappeared.

“You turned invisible again,” said Carter, pointing towards her. He deemed that must be west.

“Force of habit,” said Tain as she pulled out a red cloak and threw it over her back. She turned forward again, becoming invisible, but Carter could still see the red cloak.

“Is this better?” asked Tain.

“Yes, that will do fine,” said Carter as he ran fast to catch up to her. She had already started walking and was not waiting for him.

“You are in Thresh, my boy. A world that is different than Earth. I’m unsure if Thresh is in the same universe as yours or another parallel universe, so don't ask. My counterpart, Cow, was sent out thousands of years ago by magic transport by a high wizard to help find more people for this world,” said Tain.

“Oh? Earthlings are here to repopulate your planet?” asked Carter.

“Not exactly. There are hundreds of thousands of people already here. They are immortal! Living forever,” said Tain.

“Nice! Will I live forever, too?” asked Carter. Tain turned around and looked at Carter.

“Some humans adapt to this world and live a long time,” said Tain with a slight twitch in her left eye.

“Not me, though?” said Carter, noticing her twitch.

“It’s a little bit more complicated for males,” said Tain.

“Males on Thresh usually don’t live for very long. Whether you are Human, Cambian, or Elf, the males succumb to nature’s curse of death given to Thresh during the Great War. Only a few hundred males are alive on Thresh; none are human,” added Tain.

Carter looked around at the landscape. It looked just like Earth. He heard what the female mirror monster said about him not probably living past the ripe old age of eight, but there was nothing he could do about it, so why worry?

“Why do you kidnap people from Earth then?” said Carter as he tossed his pink rock up and down in his hand.

“We need the human females to help repopulate Thresh so the people can survive. They can breed with "weakmen" called Cambians, the indigenous people living here on Thresh, and sometimes have male babies with a better chance at surviving nature's curse,” answered Tain.

“How many Humans live here on Thresh?” said Carter.

“About thirty human females live here,” said Tain.

“Your portal to this world must not open that frequently,” said Carter.

“Very smart of you! Yes. Once every ten of your years,” said Tain.

The path they were following was starting to incline up a hill. Carter noticed some of the rocks were different colors than Earth rocks. He noticed a few pink stones off the path. Tain noticed them, too, and left the trail. Disappearing occasionally, she bent over and grabbed a few of the pink stones. She threw them into her mirror mouth; the mirror part of her body oscillated between reflective and opaque as she chewed them. “Cow always loved the pink ones,” she said with sadness in her voice.

“Cow?” said Carter.

“The clumsy oaf that ate you on Earth. My lover and partner. The first thing he saw when he appeared on Earth was a four-legged creature called a cow. He talked to it for days before realizing it wasn’t very intelligent. I told you, he was simple. He liked the name Cow so much he named himself that,” said Tain.

“Will you get to see him again?” asked Carter.

“Nice of you to ask, such a nice boy. Yes, he has two more centuries there, and then he can take his own portal back,” said Tain.

“I can tell you’re a nice mirror lady, and you love him a lot. He probably misses you a lot, too,” said Carter.

Tain started crying and then turned sideways so Carter couldn’t see her. “Such a shame. This world could use someone like you,” said Tain.

“Is Earth the only planet you take people from?” asked Carter, trying to change the subject.

“No, there are more transference speculum, our kind, all over the universe. I don’t get to talk to them that much, but I hear rumors occasionally,” said Tain.

“Humans? Aliens?” asked Carter.

“No,” said Tain with a little pause.

“They look like humans, but they have beastial qualities. The beast females are compatible with the Cambian's physiology so that they can produce offspring, too,” said Tain.

“Beasts? Do you mean animals? Do they have tails?” said Carter with a smile and a laugh.

“Not beasts, little one. They're more like humans than beasts. They do have tails,” said Tain. She let out a little laugh, hearing Carter’s infectious laugh.

Tain and Carter reached the apex of the hill. Carter looked down the hill and saw the large body of water separating this island from the mainland. He could barely make out the City of Dale from the top of the hill.

“There is your City of Dale. Can't say much about it; I've never been invited,” said Tain with a small smile.

Carter squinted his eyes and noticed a large wall with a tall castle and luxurious houses around it.

“Castles? Not buildings?” questioned Carter.

“Isn’t a Castle a building?” asked Tain.

Carter smiled and didn’t answer.

He gazed downward at the vast body of water that separated Carer from Dale.

“Are there any monsters that are going to eat me in the water?” asked Carter as he tried to squint and see under the water.

“Perhaps,” answered Tain with a funny look on her face.

“Any way of sending me back to Earth?” asked Carter as he looked back at Tain with one eye still squinting. His long hair covered the other eye.

“Not at least for a decade,” said Tain.

“It can only be used once, and the priority is bringing people here,” she added.

“Thank you for all your help, Tain. See you later?” asked Carter.

“I’m afraid I might,” said Tain with a little laugh.

Carter took off, running down the hill. He had two years of swimming practice and wanted to see if he remembered those lessons. There are not too many places to swim in a big city, only small pools, fountains, or shallow ponds. He came up to the shore and looked down at his feet.

“Oh yeah, I left those on Earth,” said Carter. It was starting to hit him that he was no longer on Earth, and he was stuck here on Thresh. Carter closed his eyes and jumped into the water.

Watching from the sky, a small figure is swimming in a large body of water, surrounded by an invisible field. Large creatures swim against it, trying to get an easy meal. Something or someone is preventing the creatures from feeding upon the small human named Carter.

Oblivious to the mortal dangers, Carter pulls himself out of the water and flops onto the sandy beach. His eyes closed slowly as he fell asleep on the warm sand.


Royalty and Magic

He woke up to voices surrounding him, talking back and forth.

“You do know what this beach is known for?” said a female voice belonging to a distinguished woman wearing expensive clothes and jewels.

“I know! This is where they found the last three Earth humans,” said a younger voice that was bending over Carter, looking into his face. He notices her first, a blue-haired girl, a pretty girl with a big smile.

“She’s awake,” said the blue-haired girl, clapping her hands together several times.

“My name is Caroline,” said the blue-haired girl whose face was only a few inches from his.

“Human? I have my doubts. She doesn’t seem special to me,” said another girl’s voice. Carter slowly moved his head and looked over at her. She had a grumpy face, black hair, and her hands crossed.

Caroline grew a frown on her face as she stared at the other girl. She looked back toward Carter and said, “That’s my older sister Mary. Please don’t let her bother you. She's always mad,” said Caroline.

Even though Mary was older, Carter noticed she was shorter than Caroline.

A cane poked him in his chest. “We should just hand the girl over to the elves as the law says to,” said a short, dark-haired woman with a red-hooded cloak. She seemed just as angry as Mary was.

“Regent Blackmore, please refrain from poking and scaring the poor child. We don't even know where she comes from,” said a regal white-haired woman. She bent down and helped Carter to get up. The wonderful woman reminded Carter of his mother, and a small smile appeared.

“My name is Queen Lorien, and this is my husband, King Dorian of Dale,” said the Queen, pointing to a happy-looking, older man standing beside her.

“You can just call me Lorien,” said Queen Lorien.

Regent Blackmore frowned, turned around, grabbed Mary, and walked back towards one of the carriages.

“Can we keep her?” asked Princess Caroline as she gave a happy smile to her mother.

“She is not a lost animal,” said Queen Lorien. The beautiful, white-haired queen looked at Carter for a long moment.

"She?" thought Carter.

“Come, young one. We will take care of you for now,” said Queen Lorien. The King had sat back and watched the stranger's interaction with his wife and children. He seemed pleased by the child's demeanor.

“What is your name, child?” asked King Dorian.

“Carter,” he said apprehensively, not knowing what to do.

“I’ll just go with it for now. It could be worse,” thought Carter.

“That sounds like an Earth name. Are you from Earth?” asked Caroline. The King and Queen looked at each other like they were going to say something but decided to hear the answer.

“Yes, ma'am,” said Carter softly. The Queen gasped and said, “With a name like Carter, I would assume so.”

“Quiet!” said the King, grabbing Carter’s arm and lifting him. He bent down and whispered into Carter's ear.

“Carter, you can’t tell anyone you're from Earth. It could lead to dangers for you,” whispered the King as he released Carter’s arm.

“Yes, sir,” said Carter.

Princess Caroline grabbed Carter’s hand and pulled him away from the water towards a dirt road.

“You can sit by me,” said Caroline. Carter didn't say anything back.

“You swam in that monster-infested water?” Caroline added.

"Monster-infested?" thought Carter to himself.

Carter looked towards the road. He saw two fancy carriages and a few dozen armored guards on horses, all women with mean looks on their faces. Carter felt a nervous twinge in his head and wondered if he was doing the right thing.

Caroline climbed into the second of two expensive carriages, pulling Carter up with her. He sat down beside her, directly across from Mary and the Regent.

The King popped his head in and said, “We’ll be in the front carriage; if you need anything, just tell the driver.”

“Thank you,” said Carter. The King smiled and exited the carriage. Caroline still had ahold of Carter’s hand. She kept looking over at him and smiling.

“Do you know where you are?” said Caroline.

Mary let out a little laugh and said, “This conversation should be interesting.”

“I am in a world called Thresh. The town to the west is called Dale. That’s about all I know”, said Carter as he looked out the little window.

“You're right! My family are the rulers of Dale,” said Caroline. Carter looked at Caroline and back towards Mary.

“Really?” said Carter.

“Humans are really stupid, aren’t they?” said Mary.

“Mary! Don’t point that out. She’s just overwhelmed,” said Caroline, not trying to be condescending.

Carter realized that his long blond hair made him look more feminine, but he was starting to get a little upset at being called stupid. He saw the horses through the window and felt the wooden wheels banging.

Yeah, I’m the simple one” thought Carter.

“Do you want us to tell you about Thresh?” said Caroline. Mary leaned over and whispered to Carter, “Are you able to learn?”

Carter didn’t answer either of the girls and stared out the little window in the carriage. Was this what his life was going to be like now? The boy from Earth, a rare oddity on another planet, a zoo inmate to be stared at through metal bars.

The princesses took his silence as Carter being stupid. They started to ignore him and talk to themselves.

“This is your life now, Carter,” mumbled Carter to himself. After a few moments, he fell asleep and dreamed of being with his sisters.

“Wake up, imbecile! We’re at the castle!” screamed Mary as she hit Carter on the head with her hand.

“Stop it, Mary! You're going to hurt Carter,” said Caroline, still holding his hand.

This family was starting to get on Carter’s nerves. He would have to escape here as fast as possible. Carter wiggled his hand away from the death grip that Caroline had on him. A small frown came to Caroline's face.

Mary and Caroline stood up, walked out the carriage’s door, and ran towards the castle. Carter got up to get out and was stopped by Regent Blackmore.

“Now, Earth human, you stay in here until the wagon has gone around to the back to the servant's entrance. We will have two guards bring you in. It’s for your safety. Plus, we can’t have some moronic buffoon running around like they owned the place.”

“I wouldn’t do that!” said Carter after being called ‘stupid’ one-to-many times.

“Oh, I know you won’t!" said Blackmore smugly.

"Now I want you to stay inside the carriage until you are called for!” said Blackmore loudly as she tried to push Carter back into his seat. Carter was holding the side of the door with his hand, which made Blackmore overexert herself with a loud grunt. Carter stood still.

“My sister Lyna has more strength than you!” said Carter as he started getting angry at being called names and forced to stay where he didn't want to be. He was headstrong that way sometimes.

“Freakishly strong child! How about you fight this!” said Blackmore as she started chanting in some language Carter didn’t know. Carter looked at her and frowned. He could punch her in the face right now and knock her out, but he waited to see what she was doing. Was she calling for guards?

When she stopped chanting, a small fireball flew out of her hand and hit Carter square on his chest. It didn’t have any force behind it and didn’t make him budge, but the heat from it started to burn his clothes. He let go of the side of the carriage door and fell backward, and landed on his butt. He began patting his chest with both hands in an attempt to extinguish the fire. When the fire was finally out, his shirt was burnt, and he had a red burn on his chest. The wound hurt badly, worse than anything he had felt in his life before. He reposed on the floor of the carriage in defeat.

“You deserved that brat!” yelled Regent Blackmore with a contorted smile on her face. She looked tired all of a sudden.

“You stay in here, or you’ll get a stronger cantrip of fire,” she added as she slowly stepped down from the carriage and closed the door.

Carter had a ringing in his ears from the pain in his chest. He heard voices from outside saying, “Leave our guest in the carriage until I come out. Do not let anyone from the Royal family near the carriage, do you hear?”

“Yes, Regent,” said a voice from the front of the carriage.

The carriage rode around back and stopped. He felt the movement of the driver departing.

“Magic?” said Carter. He was lying on the floor of the carriage, feeling the pain radiate out of his chest through his whole body, when he felt something else. A small feeling of something foreign in his body. Almost a numbness within himself, a certain feeling he couldn’t place his finger on. Carter closed his eyes and concentrated on that feeling. The feeling grew until his little body couldn’t keep it inside. He opened his eyes as a fireball the size of a basketball flew out of his chest and through the top of the carriage, leaving a basketball-sized hole still burning on the roof. He smiled and then passed out.


The Four Towers - Thresh - Part 2  (18+)
Carter finds himself trapped in a Castle, not able to leave.
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