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<span>  Now we can find the island, Furello said joyfully. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  And, we must hurry, Kelton added. </span> <span> Time is running out. </span> <span>Shira! he called. </span> <span> Have you ever heard of the Island of Ekberg? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  The island of Ekberg? mused the ship, thoughtfully. </span> <span>  Ah, yes, indeed. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Where is it? asked Furello eagerly. </span> <span>  We shall have to cross the Food Sea before we come in sight of that beautiful land, Shira answered. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  It is most strange you should ask, replied the ship,  because we are sailing on the Food Sea right now. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello looked at the pink sea in awe. </span> <span> Fluffy whipped cream clouds draped down from the sky. </span> <span> Shafts of sunlight pierced the clouds here and there, striking the surface of the pink liquid and breaking into pools of jam with floating red strawberries bobbing about. </span> <span> The breeze that pushed the ships forward held such a strong scent of the berries that Furello could taste them with each breath. </span></p> <p> <center> <img id="image_17" src="image_s_17.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_17.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_17.jpg';" alt="Furello and Kelton are sailing on a pink sea." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> After two days of plowing through the sticky pink juice, Kelton said in a dejected tone,  We have only a few days left, Furello. </span> <span> If we do not find the answer, well... </span> <span> His words sank heavily into the sea,  my ships will be taken away from me. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  We will find the answer, Furello stated firmly. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Maybe the citizens of Fittle were right. </span> <span> Maybe having a good time is the most important thing in the world, said Kelton. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  But look what happened when they lost their Queen, Furello pointed out. </span> <span> Remember the hopeless looks that were on their faces? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  That is true, Kelton reflected. </span> <span> Then maybe Mr. Wren was right. </span> <span> The most important thing is a happy home life. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  But what if you do not have a family? </span> <span> Furello thought of the sad prospector in the desert--and himself. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I...I don t know, admitted the elk. </span> <span>  Do you think, he looked curiously at Furello,  that the glassblower had the answer -- to create a beautiful world without any problems? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello shuddered at the thought of the haughty glassblower in his lonely glass world. </span> <span>  No! he said firmly. </span> <span>  That could not possibly be the answer! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Aquarius Rising raced ahead of the other ships and soon exclaimed in a cheerful voice,  Shira! </span> <span>Gemini! </span> <span> We can thank our lucky stars. </span> <span> There is a blue sea ahead! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Can it be so? questioned Gemini. </span> <span>  Maybe, maybe not. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> When they came to the sparkling blue waters, a gentle breeze pushed them forward. </span> <span> Furello tasted the salt air and listened happily to the cries of graceful gulls gliding overhead. </span> <span> He felt the same joy to be alive that he had felt in his valley. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton showed none of his former fear as he proudly walked the deck. </span> <span>  Ah, this is where I belong, he declared grandly,  out on the wonderful sea! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Captain! Aquarius Rising called. </span> <span>  Land ahoy! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Soon Shira sang,  Aye. </span> <span> Truly it is land. </span> <span> There is the island that you spoke of, Captain. </span></p> <br> <br> <br> <a href="chapter_13.html">Click here to go to Chapter 13.</a> <br><br><br> <!-- #EndEditable --></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#000000"> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.host-central.net"><img src="../images/template_design_r6_c1.jpg" width="773" height="22" border="0"></a></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </body> <!-- InstanceEnd --></html>