by D. V. Alice
Two girls from a world where magic is mere myth discover a portal into a fantasy realm.
|(This is the sample of the prologue for "Beast Venture". If you would like to read the full story, please click on this link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/241805946-beast-venture)
Chloe awoke one bright and sunny morning to a knock on her door. She got up from under the dingy blue sheets of her drab old bed and walked over to the standing mirror beside the dark wooden wardrobe.
"Ugh." She grunted as she stared at her reflection with a blank expression.
Chloe was a young girl with dark skin, black hair, and brown eyes. She didn't think she was much to look at; especially in the mornings.
Chloe put on her usual white shirt, red cap, and blue shorts. She tied on her red scarf to two golden pins attached to her tee. The scarf was adorned with a few patches from back when she was a scout.
She slowly made her way down the stairs of her boring house, put on her blue shoes, and started to open the old door. The door creaked open but behind the door was a fresh face; Chloe's best friend!
"Hiya, Chloe!" Arorah spoke with a cheery voice.
Arorah was Chloe's childhood friend. She wore a classy sapphire dress, a blue feather hair pin, and shoes that matched Chloe's. Her blonde hair shimmered in the breeze, and her green eyes were like shiny emeralds. Chloe was stunned by Arorah's appearance every time. How was she so pretty?
"Um, hi." Chloe said nervously, "Why did you come to my house, today?"
Arorah seemed annoyed, "Don't tell me you forgot!"
Chloe laughed nervously, "Um... is it your birthday?"
Arorah shook her head, "No. Did you eat breakfast yet? You might be able to remember if you had something to eat."
Arorah grabbed Chloe by the hand and rushed inside to the kitchen. Chloe's kitchen was practically nothing to look at: a few counters, a cupboard, and a place to cook food. Arorah shrugged and began working on a quick meal for both of them.
"You should move from this old house, Chloe." Arorah spoke up while she was cooking, "It's starting to affect your health."
The meal Arorah made for them was something amazing with what little food Chloe had. Chloe shovelled the delicious food into her mouth as fast as she can.
"You know," Chloe said in-between chews, "You should become a chef."
Arorah giggled, "That's what my family says and.."
Chloe stopped eating, ran up to her room, and slammed the door. Chloe's family was never home; it was a tough subject for her to talk about. Chloe's family disappeared a long time ago and never returned home.
The door to Chloe's room creaked open, "Hi. I'm sorry for bringing up your family. I didn't mean to.."
Chloe wiped the tears from her face, "It's ok. So, why was it you were here again?"
Arorah sighed and sat next to Chloe on the bed, "You promised me that we'd go to that old coliseum place to see that old mirror. Remember? You said that it was stupid but you really wanted to have a laugh at it with me."
Chloe looked into Arorah's eyes, "Alright, I'll do that for you. It's not like my family will return any time soon."
The two of them walked out of the house and into the vast city of Arvos. The streets were always crowded with people and it was loud. Chloe hated living in a big city but at least she had Arorah.
"Here it is!" Arorah cheered as she pointed at a grand circular building in the middle of town, "This is the Arvos Coliseum!"
Chloe shrugged, "Big whoop. Let's just go inside."
The pair entered the building and made their way down the claustrophobic hallway which had many posters of strange "magical" objects. Chloe didn't believe in magic. Her family loved magic and anything that reminded Chloe of her family; she hated.
Chloe spotted a gaudy mirror in the center of the coliseum, "There's that lame mirror people say is a connection to a world of magic."
"We can't touch the mirror." Arorah decided.
Chloe was startled, "What!? What was the point of even being here then?"
Arorah shrugged, "Touching the mirror is a bad idea and we would probably go to prison for it."
Chloe was already next to the mirror, "What?" Chloe yelled with a big grin.
Arorah panicked, "No, don't! Don't touch the mirror!"
She rushed towards Chloe as fast as she possibly could and practically tackled her. The two of them tumbled over into the dirt nearby the path.
"Ouch! What the?" Chloe protested.
Arorah shook her head, "Other than the whole prison thing, you might be sent to the fantasy world beyond it. It's a portal!"
Chloe laughed, "Ha! Oh, come on. There's no way that's true."
Arorah got up and brushed the dirt off of her sapphire dress, "Fine. We'll both get into trouble, but fine. We'll touch the mirror together."
Chloe rose to her feet and grabbed Arorah's hands, "Hey, thanks. Even if we get into trouble, I'm glad you are here."
The two walked hand-in-hand to the mirror and paused before touching the glass. It was solid. It was just an ordinary mirror after all.
Chloe frowned, "Huh. That's lame."
Suddenly, a blinding flash of light knocked the two of them back into the dirt. Arorah held up a hand to block out the white light and noticed something odd; the mirror appeared to be spinning. The air around them seemed to be moving at a lighting-fast pace. Then, it stopped.
Arorah stood up and brought Chloe to her feet, "I saw it spinning through that flash of light. Should we try interacting with the mirror again?"
Chloe was smiling ear-to-ear, "Let's do this, baby!"
Chloe grabbed Arorah by the hand and they both ran directly into the mirror. They fell over and into... mud? There was the sudden scent of pine trees and it seemed very breezy. Where were they?
Chloe and Arorah looked around, "The legends were true?" Chloe mumbled under her breath.
Arorah scratched her head, "Seems that way. It also seems that we are stuck here."
"At least we aren't in trouble!" Chloe chuckled.
"I wouldn't say that, exactly." A mysterious voice spoke.
"Huh?" Chloe said. She looked around and saw a blonde-haired girl with red eyes reading a green book.
"You are under arrest. Do not try to run away." The girl spoke in a stern voice as she stood up.