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Chapter Twenty-Four: In Which They Venture Into The Coral Kingdom And Chief Ripple Gets Ticked Off
It felt like the bubble was going to pop at any moment. As Flake felt the surface of the bubble, it seemed really thin, like if he stuck a finger through it, it would disappear. He didn’t dare try.
Outside the bubble was quite a sight. As the bubble went lower and lower, Flake could see a whole underwater world develop under him. Near the surface, there was nothing, but the deeper it was, the more signs of life appeared. Fish of all different sorts swam everywhere, weird colored plants and coral thrived on underwater rocky cliffs. Rose oohed and ahhed at everything, which reminded Flake too much of Snow. She would have loved this sight.
It was even deeper down when signs of human civilization began to appear. Glowing orbs of light were floating aimlessly everywhere, lighting the dark waters where sunlight couldn’t penetrate. Small dots of light on the bottom showed signs of a thriving city underneath.
“Halt!” Flake turned around and came face to face with a man in a security vest and a long staff in his hand, who was glaring at him. Gills under his ears marked him as a Coral Kingdom native. “Who are you and what business do you have down here?” he questioned.
Flake cleared his throat and tried to assume a formal posture, which was hard to do when you are balancing on a curved surface, but he managed. “I’m Flake, son of Chief Frost.” He looked back at Rose. She was looking at him with an expectant look on her face, as normal. He breathed a sigh of relief. She couldn’t hear him in the bubble. “I wish an attendance with Chief Ripple, to discuss my missing sister, as I’m sure you heard about.” He looked back at Rose again. No change of expression. The guard, however, looked surprised.
“Oh, so you’re the prophesied boy?” he asked, interested.
Flake nodded. “Oh, and I will like for a place for my friend and the horse.” The guard looked over at them, as if he didn’t even realize they were there.
“Of course, of course. I will have people attend to them.” He waved his hand, and some other guards came over and led them away. “Come.” He motioned to Flake. “I’m sure the chief will be more than happy to welcome you.”
Several minutes later…
Flake couldn’t say Chief Ripple was very happy to see him. The guard, whose name was Tide, led him into his private meeting room, where Ripple was writing something. He nearly fell backwards after seeing Flake there. After telling him about what had happened since he left the castle, he started ranting about how his father was so worried about him and that Flake had to stay at the castle until Chief Frost came over to pick him up. Flake tried to explain that he was on an important quest, but he would have none of it.
“Look, I have my best investigators on Snow’s case and I’m sure your father has deployed many of his people to look for her. If we can’t find her, no one can,” Chief Ripple said. “Besides, following this Oracle person who appears in your dreams is not the best thing to do, in my experience. And do you know how much you father worries? He has a lot on his hands, and you are not helping by going on a little adventure of your own!”
Flake looked down guiltily. “I know. It’s just that… I think I can help. The Oracle… I think the prophecy might lead us to something. If we can just find out what it means. I was hoping you could help with that. The part where it talks about the glittering sea. Do you recognize any terms?”
Ripple looked at Flake skeptically. “I don’t believe it is of much importance, but if you must know, I will tell you tomorrow,” he said, stacking his papers in a neat pile. “It’s getting late. You should rest.”
“Can you not call Dad?” Flake pleaded.
The chief stared at him. “I cannot promise that.” He looked over at Tide. “Tide, lead Flake to his room.”
The second Flake left the room, Chief Ripple started writing a letter.
Chapter Twenty-Five: In Which We Take A Look At What Everyone Is Doing
*soon means Saturday