Chapter Sixty-Two Part Two: In Which Everybody Has a Hard Time Collaborating
“How come you’re here? How did you even get here? And how did you open the locked door?” Jack exclaimed, stumbling back a little. Flint grinned widely and didn’t say anything.
“Oh, great,” Snow sighed, after she recovered from the shock. “As if we need more trouble.”
Chapter Sixty-One Part Two: In Which Someone Appears Unexpectedly
The second Jack heard footsteps coming, he panicked, threw the invisibility cloak over himself, and pressed against the wall, trying his best to stay still and not make a sound, though he couldn’t control his frantic breathing.
Stay calm. It’s probably not Dad, it might be… I don’t know, but surely it can’t be anyone too bad, could it? But on the other hand, who else could it be-
Chapter Sixty-One: In Which Jack Gets Lucky
Jack thought he knew where he was. He didn’t. And after a while of sneaking around the woods in the dark, he was lost. He wasn’t entirely lost, since he could see the Great Sycamore pretty well no matter where he went, therefore helping him locate where the Grand House was, but he had no idea where the entrance to the caves might be.
Chapter Sixty: In Which Another Plan Is Hatched And Something Alarming Happens
When Snow regaled Flake with stories from when she was in the caves, she made it sound like she had a fantastic time there, talking animatedly about the things she saw and the games she played and how interesting everything looked. And while Flake loved to hear that she seemed perfectly fine, he was also worried that there might’ve been something wrong that he didn’t know about. What she was secretly poisoned or something? Or maybe she got some sort of curse? He wasn’t sure.
Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Which Jack Tries To Figure Stuff Out But Fails
“Snow’s awake!” Jack shouted to Flake, who was sitting in the library of the Grand House. He was reading the Unseen Potions book, which he promptly dropped once he heard what Jack said.
“She is?!” he exclaimed. He leaped up from his chair and started running to the door.
Chapter Fifty-Seven: In Which Monsters Attack
Once upon a time, in a kingdom full of caves, there was a man. And one day, he met something he had never seen before.
“Monsters! They’re here!” he shouted, running into the plaza. He looked like a mess. His clothes were torn up and he had a gash on his shoulder. “They’re coming!”
Dr. Blossoms was supposed to be the best doctor (or healer, as they called it here) in the area, but Jack wasn’t sure why. So far she hadn’t done any real healing, just kept on taking notes and inspecting Snow and Flint, as well as asking Jack irrelevant questions. The questions were actually the only reason why he was allowed in the room. Everyone else was outside, pacing around the hallways of the Grand House where the Council of the Tree have offices and meeting rooms.
Chapter Fifty-One: In Which A Plan Is Hatched
The first time Jack went in the dark place that led to the Fearsome Forest, it was scary. Now, with about ten other people, the whole dark and creepy atmosphere was ruined by the many torches they had, illuminating the pathway, and the conversations everyone was having. Flake kept on having some conversation with Rose, Chief Phoenix was complaining, and Chief Alya kept on pestering Jack with questions he didn’t have the answer to. He was scared that his dad would somehow be alerted by the noises they were making.
Chapter Fifty-Three: In Which A Plan Fails
What? Flake thought, pausing. Run?
He’s heading back to the lab! Hurry! Run! Rose screamed in his head.
“Everyone! Rose says that You-Know-Who is heading back to the lab!” Flake exclaimed.
Chapter Forty-Nine: In Which Everyone Once Again Erupts In Speech
Flake wasn’t sure what he thought of the boy. (Come to think of it, he didn’t even know his name.) At first he came off as scared and helpless, then he seemed playful and talkative, and when he met Rose, then he just seemed really weird. He would just stare at her, speechless, then would erupt and start babbling random things like, “I thought you were dead,” and “did you remember when you ate Stripes’s cat food” and “so much stuff happened while you were gone” and other things that Flake couldn’t really make sense of. And from what he could tell, Rose didn’t either.