Two children and their strange, new found friend share adventures on Earth and beyond.
The shimmering wall beckoning them forward. Amy and Ty stood there, entranced by what they saw. The wall held tantalizing images, though distorted, of what looked like a meadow encircled by trees and in the distance, a towering mountain scape casting shadows onto the meadow.
“Well, here goes nothing!” Ty started to step forward, towards the wall, hidden within this old tree. Amy grabbed his arm, dragging him back, nearly toppling him over in the process.
“Wait! Look -- isn’t there something moving out there? I can’t quite make it out. For all we know it’s some dangerous creature.” Amy’s usual sense of adventure seemed to be overwhelmed with caution. She squinted, straining her eyes, trying to make out what it was that she saw.
She sighed, “It’s gone.”
Ty and Amy could hear their friend’s voice in their heads, speaking quietly, urging them on, into this unknown territory, “Please, don’t fear this land. It is safe. I will keep you safe. You know that, don’t you?”
Amy sighed once again, “Yes, we know you will -- like how you kept us safe when the Professor was chasing after us -- and you. And how you helped us confuse him into looking at one of the other ponds. It’s just...this is different. You are asking us to go into some sort of different world. Sort of -- “
Rocky quieted her with reassuring words, “Amy, I will be your guide on the other side. No harm will come to either of you, as long as you do what I say.”
“Oh, c’mon, Amy. Rocky’s right. It will be fine.” He slid his arm free from her grasp and quickly took her hand and pulled her toward the wall. She didn’t have time to think. Before she knew it, all that remained of Ty, as he slipped through the shimmer, was his arm. She held her breath. This passing through solid objects always bothered her. It was the same every time she “walked into” The Old Tree, whether to escape the Professor or simply in search of Ty, at his insistence. So, she reluctantly followed Ty through to the other side.
It felt as if she was given a little push from behind as she entered into the new world with Ty, colliding with him as he stood in absolute awe at what he saw.
“Oh. My. Gosh! Amy! Isn’t it amazing?” He didn’t even notice her smashing into him, he was so inthralled by what he saw. As Amy collected herself, she joined him as they two of them slowly took in their surroundings. Not only was it visually pleasing to the eye, but there was such a delightful fragrance in the air. She smiled. The meadow was dotted with colorful, tiny flowers, none close enough to make out what kind they were. The grass was still green, flowing in a gentle breeze, making the flowers heads bob up and down, as if in agreement to how nice it all seemed.
“Okay, Rocky. I will admit, it is beautiful. What did you say the name of this place was?” There was no answer and that bothered her. She immediately spun around the where the shimmering was--and should be--and found nothing.
Alarmed, she shouted, “Ty! The door is gone! And where’s Rocky?”