Apple: Book 1 Chapter 6From then on we kept our eyes glued onto the map, being as cautious as we possibly could. Marking the map with every single step. But, even so, we found that we turned up in the wrong place. Or, at least not the place we wanted to be. Because when we stepped into the stone clearing, there stood a pack of fangles, all with spears. And to top it all off, standing in front leading them was Raph.
He held the green shard and grinned menacingly. Then he charged at us along with all of the other fangles. Ann and I cut between two trees in an attempt to outrun them. It causes one of the smallest fangles to be pushed into a tree by the others and get knocked out cold.
Me and Ann are both out of breath soon due to breathing problems since the blue shard incident. So I try to take in everything I see, knowing it could be the last thing I ever do see. Fresh green grass, tall trees, leaves spreading all over the ground. A nice, cool, peaceful stream-- a stream! I pull out the gauntlet and stop runn
Apple: Book 1 Chapter 5Ann and I walk through the cold and camp repeatedly for about three days. We learn a lot about each other, like the fact that Ann knits because it helps her think and escape her problems, like Raph.
Surprisingly, we find our way to where the blue shard is supposed to be. Just a big peninsula with absolutely nothing but sand to cover it. We stand on top of a giant mound of sand in the center and discuss where the shard might be.
"So, where do you think it is?" I ask.
"Maybe in this sand mound?" she replies, obviously as confused as I am. But anything's worth a try, so we dig in the sand pile. There's nothing, not even a trace. But then, the ground opens up, and we are thrown in the water. And before we reach the surface again, the ground shuts. And the water is not low enough to be able to get air. So we dive into the water.
We figure that the blue shard is probably in the water, so we spread out and search. Of course, we don't exchange words, but it's the most obvious choice. And, that
Apple: Book 1 Chapter 4The training is vigorous work, and often tedious. I have to chop small items in half blindfolded, be attacked until I sense it coming, and standing on top of a pole with perfect balance. But soon, the punishment is over, and I am given a final test. Suddenly there are several dummies in front of me moving around at a fast rate. A sword is thrown my way. I catch it right before it reaches my face and slash two of the dummies heads clean off. I am knocked into by a dummy, but only clipped, as I jumped as soon as I saw it. I stumble to the corner of the room as four dummies move my way. I am cornered. I'm not sure what to do, and the only thing I can think of is the fact that, if I were in real battle, I was about to die.
Then my reflexes take over and I spin around while charging forward and ended up cutting them all up. As fluff floats down to the ground, Benito walks over to me and places a helmet on my head. It's the steel derivative of a bike helmet, except it had a small horn in the
Apple: Book 1 Chapter 3Running aimlessly through the woods with only a vaguely drawn map to direct you has never been more scary. Watching a person you owe your life to die before your very eyes crumbles what little dignity you have left. Especially if there are questions forever left unanswered.
What I want to know is, how did Ishimaru know my name? Young Apple. Does this mean I'm destined for something in his eyes? Has he been watching me? Were the fangles the ones that kidnapped me? Why was I kidnapped?
As I slowly start to question the sanity of this old man, I stop and almost hate myself. This is not just some crazy old man, this is the man that saved my life. And now, minutes after his death, I question his sanity?
Before I realize it, I have reached an unfamiliar village, and only hope this is the way the map was telling me to go. I go around, asking every citizen I can if they have ever heard of the Peace Warriors, but the only Peace Warriors that these people know are the Peace Bakery owners.
Apple: Book 1 Chapter 2Tons of thoughts run through my head at once. Who is this old man? Where did he come from? Why did he save me? Is he on my side? Can he tell me why I was captured? And why didn't he run for the hills when all of these questions came out as one almost incoherent word? I know the answers to none of these questions.
He hands me a map, says "You must find the Elemental Gauntlet--" But that's all he has time to say. Because then, several wolves attack him. I pull him away, and we run.
But Ishimaru, being an old man, can't run for very long. And, as if it wasn't bad enough, he sprained his ankle. He fell, and no matter how many times I tried to get him up, he couldn't. The wolves came for him, and I withdrew my sword. I slashed one across the stomach, postponing him, kicked the second into a tree, knocking him out, and the third actually bit me and threw me over. I try to reach up and escape the feeling of blood painting my shoulder red. I writhe up a tree until I stand at my full extent. I
Apple: Book 1 Chapter 1I stumble to the bedroom and collapse on the soft mattress. As I sink into the cool, spongey fluff, my eyes become heavier until they are just about as heavy as the packaging crates on Saturday afternoon's weekly food shipment.
When I wake, my bed is hard and wintery. I push myself up and feel excruciating pain. They have been tightly shackled by electronic shackles that are movement-based, and they clench agonizingly. I roll on my leaf-based shirt armor, and note my belt lays on the ground. But when I reach for it, I realize why it's off. There are several belt whip marks on my arm, reddening my fur.
I fell on to the ground and slowly pull the belt on. I make sure my ripped baggy shorts are on tight enough, and roll back, trying not to move my hand. Once I get up, I note I'm in an empty room that is entirely metal except for a door that needs an access code. I move to the door and try to press down the correct code, starting with 111. But when that's wrong, a laser shoots a