At last the weary travellers, now five in number, came to the end of the long tunnel. They had finally traversed the great wall.
Jenny gasped at what she saw. For stretched out before them under the emerald sky, as far as the eye could see, was a city of gold.
“Somewhere here,” she told her companions, “I will find her”.
Charlie turned to her in wonder. “You mean the one who sleeps?” he asked.
The others looked him. “What do you know?” Jenny asked.
He shook his head. “I get it now. You’re here to fulfill the prophecy. All I know is it’s been a long time since she came, since … since they took her. There, in the castle.” They looked to where he was pointing and saw that there was a single tall golden spire, graceful and gleaming, that rose above the skyline.
“Won’t be easy,” he continued. “At least not according to the prophecy. They say that all the world will change when Amelia awakes.”
Jenny and Josh looked at each other. She repeated the words to herself. “When Amelia awakes.”
End of Volume One
The book will go on haitus, and will return soon.