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<span> When the sun first started to color the morning sky, Furello jumped to his hooves. </span><span>  Good-bye, Kelton, he sang as he bounded off along the trail to the right. </span><span> Kelton watched Furello disappear around a bend, then started down the trail to the left. </span><span> Doubts quickly formed in his head. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Oh, how did I ever get myself into this anyway? </span><span> He lamented. </span><span>  If only I had stayed with my ships. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Trees bordered the trail and their giant roots crept over the ground like enormous earthworms. </span><span> Overhead the thick branches were tangled, blocking out the sunlight. </span><span> It soon became so dark that Kelton could barely see the ground. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Suddenly a soft light illuminated the forest floor. </span><span> Glancing down, the young sea captain was shocked to see that the light was coming from the gnarled roots. </span><span> They glowed evenly, like long, neon glass tubes. </span><span> Just then a strange, crackling sound struck the startled elk s ears. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Have I found the lost Queen? Kelton asked himself hopefully.</span><span> He picked his way gingerly through the roots, searching for the source of the noise; the longer he explored, the farther away it sounded. </span><span> Finally, it vanished completely. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Looking around, all Kelton could see were gleaming roots spread in every direction like the fibers of a gigantic rug. </span><span> He sat down, feeling hopelessly lost amidst the maze of roots, not knowing which way to go. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Oh, Furello, he moaned,  why did I ever leave you? </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> He had been sitting for the longest time when he heard a sound like fingers snapping. </span><span> One by one the glowing roots blinked off, leaving him encased in darkness. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Thoroughly frightened, he wailed,  How will I ever find my way back now? </span><span> And my ships, he pined,  my poor ships - Shira, Aquarius Rising, Gemini - what will happen to all of you? </span></p> A picture of his father flashed in the elk s mind. </span><span> The great sea captain stood proudly on the deck of Gemini. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Someday, he told Kelton, who was then only a youngster,  the ships will be yours.</span><span> You will travel to the corners of the earth with them, and they will never be separated from you. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> As the picture faded from his mind, Kelton cried,  Oh, father, I have never been a strong captain, and now I ve lost the ships. </span><span> His head sank to his chest in despair. </span><span> The magic compass pressed against him but did not bring him comfort. </span><span> He felt too low even to try using it. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton could not tell whether time stood still, or if it stretched forever. </span><span> He had given up all hope when a most amazing thing happened. </span><span> A liquid drop of golden sunshine fell on his back and streaked to the ground. </span> </p> <p> <center> <img id="image_07" src="image_s_07.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_07.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_07.jpg';" alt="Liquid droplets of sunshine are raining down on Kelton." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  How strange, he thought, as he stared at the quivering particle of sunlight. </span><span> Soon another drop joined it, then another and another. </span><span> Before too long, Kelton found himself caught in a spectacular sun shower. </span><span> The downpour continued until he was swept off his hooves and carried through the forest in a river of sunshine. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> As the yellow flowing river whisked him through the trees, he could not see anything but blinding light on all sides. </span><span> Then, without any warning whatsoever, he landed with a thud. </span> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> When he opened his eyes, he was back at the fork in the trail, and the golden stream had disappeared. </span><span> Kelton sprang to his hooves and ran as fast as he could back to the Kingdom of Fittle. </span> </p> <br> <br> <br> <a href="chapter_6.html">Click here to go to Chapter 6.</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>