by Lurie Park
Chapter 3: Adventures of Olivia Berns
| The cave was mystical. It's entrance was similar to a wide-mouthed leviathan with sharp jaws. Everything seemed to be odd. Small ancient paintings were carved on its wall. Olivia was a little scared but she went on moving inside. She wanted to explore more.
She had nothing with her but a torch whose batteries were dying, and a wooden stick, which she had picked from the ground to protect herself. As she moved deeper and deeper the eerie sounds became clearer.
"Your destination is just a few metres away . Keep walking", her inner voice cried. But she was so tired of walking and walking that she rested on a black rock there.
The next day when the students reached that part of Athora, Anne and Jack went on searching Olivia. Jack took her to the place where he last saw Olivia. After searching for more than three hours, Anne lost hope. She thought that Olivia must have been devoured by some animal.
Jack was quite practical. He kept on searching for her deep in the forest. Covered by tree vines and leaves, he finally founded a massive cave. He wondered if by any chance Olivia was in there. He entered the cave along with Anne. It was really a dark cave with huge carvings on it.
Anne was frightened to go deeper, but she fostered some strength and went inside.
"Look there!", Jack exclaimed, " Isn't she Olivia ?"
"Indeed. She is Olivia. We've finally found her.", Anne replied.
"Let's wake her up. We should move out faster . This is not a safe place.", she added.
They both shouted in one voice," OLIVIA!!! Wake up! We are here. No need to worry."
Olivia stood straight rubbing her eyes. " How come you two have founded me? You are great! I just entered here ten minutes ago and when I woke up I saw you. I am glad to have friends like you. Let's move out quickly to view the jungle. We'll return here tomorrow . ", she spoke cheerfully.
"Wait! What? Are you planning to come here tomorrow as well?", Anne asked her confusingly.
" Yes. Of course we have a two day trip so we have one day more."
"No. You were there inside for the whole night and it is the second and last day of trip. What's wrong with you Olivia?"Jack shouted .
"Okay. Maybe I slept more. Let's go back.", saying this Olivia came out of the cave with her friends.
"Look there!! It's night. The stars are shining bright in the darkness. But when entered this place few minutes before, it was broad daylight."
Anne looked for the bus and she found that everyone has gone and they are left alone in that mysterious time-catching jungle.
Continued in Chapter 4...
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