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<span> Kelton strained to see the island, but all he could see was water. </span> <span> He waited for what seemed hours as the ships cut through the choppy sea and he, too, could finally see land. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Well, well, Kelton said in his best sea captain s voice. </span> <span>  Now we shall find the answer we ve been looking for. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> As they approached Ekberg, Furello gazed at the beautiful island as though he were mesmerized. </span> <span> It hovered on the sea like a great jeweled hat. </span> <span> The rim of the hat was the glistening white sand. </span> <span> A giant band of magnificent oak trees circled the foot of the soaring mountain peaks, which formed the crown of the hat that reached into the sky. </span> <span> Two long arms of rock stretched out from the island and, within them, lay a peaceful, turquoise lagoon. </span></p> <p> <center> <img id="image_18" src="image_s_18.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_18.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_18.jpg';" alt="Furello and Kelton find an island." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello looked excitedly at the shore. </span> <span>  How good it is to see land, again! he thought. </span> <span>  Shira, please take us to shore. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Truly, I would enjoy doing so, Captain, but I have a strange feeling that something horrendous is about to happen. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  That is nonsense, Kelton said. </span> <span>  But, very well. </span> <span> Aquarius Rising will take us to shore. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Oh, no, retorted Aquarius Rising. </span> <span>  I consulted the stars today and they told me to stay at sea. </span> <span> I cannot go a wave farther. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The elk groaned. </span> <span>  Oh, what I have to put up with among my own ships. </span> <span> Gemini, will you take us to shore? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  But, master, if these other two worthy ships will not go to shore, how can you expect it of me? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton spun toward Furello, his voice wavering. </span> <span>  What can I do? </span> <span> The ships become more stubborn each day. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello did not have any idea how to get the ships to obey. </span> <span>  Let s swim to shore! </span> <span> He said with enthusiasm. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Swim? </span> <span> Me? </span> <span> I do not care to place myself in the water. </span> <span> Sea captains do not swim to shore, Kelton declared, assuming a position of grandeur. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Well, I am going to shore, Furello announced his decision. </span> <span> Then added,  I can swim or I can fly, but if you come with me, I will swim to shore. </span> <span> Not receiving an immediate reply from Kelton, Furello stated flatly,  You can stay or come with me as you like. </span> <span> With that, Furello dived into the water. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> A moment later, Kelton followed. </span> <span> He was surprised at how pleasant this deep green world was. </span> <span> Arriving at the shore, he exclaimed,  You know, that wasn t half bad, although I do think it would have been more dignified if... </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Before he could finish, Furello began to trot down to the sparkling beach. </span> <span> A warm wind whistled through his mane, and he felt a marvelous tingling in his toiling muscles. </span> <span>  How wonderful it is to run on land again, he thought, remembering the long days they had spent at sea. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello heard the heavy footsteps of Kelton and turned to hear him gasp. </span> <span>  Slow down, you re going too fast. </span> <span> If only you would wait before running off. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton was about to say something else when a rock-like lump directly in his way brought him to a halt. </span> <span>  Look here, Furello! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello bounded over to the brown and green-splotched lump. </span> <span> He bent down to smell the strange rock; suddenly a small head thrust itself through an opening at one end and said,  Well, what is it you want? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello, too, was taken aback by the strange voice, but he bravely asked,  What are you? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I am a turtle, came the reply. </span> <span>  Is that unusual? </span></p> <p> <center> <img id="image_19" src="image_s_19.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_19.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_19.jpg';" alt="Furello meets a turtle." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello was perplexed. </span> <span>  I don t know. </span> <span> You are the first turtle I ve ever seen, I think. </span> <span> What do you do? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The turtle hesitated. </span> <span> Eventually, he answered,  That s a tough question. </span> <span> What does anyone do? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> He paused thoughtfully for a few minutes and then drawled,  I am 645 years old and I take time to look around me. </span> <span> Sort of  smell the flowers, you know. </span> <span> There are more wonders in this world than I have wrinkles on my legs. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> He stopped for a few more minutes and gazed into space. </span> <span> When he turned back to them his voice was spry,  Say, would you young fellows care to stroll with me along this fair beach? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Noticing that it took the turtle ten minutes just to answer his first question, Furello said,  We really must be going on. </span> <span> We are looking for the most important thing in the world. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I don t know what is more important than taking time to look around, the turtle replied, stretching his words. </span> <span>  When you get to my age, you ll settle down. </span> <span> Just wait. </span> <span> However, he looked dreamily toward the mountains,  since you must be on your way, I think you will find what you are looking for at the end of yonder path. </span> <span> He motioned toward a small opening in the trees that bordered the beach. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  When you find a gentleman looking through a tube, you may have found that which you seek. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello and Kelton thanked him and galloped toward the path, their flashing hooves spraying sand into the air. </span></p> <br> <br> <br> <a href="chapter_14.html">Click here to go to Chapter 14.</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>