WORDS FROM THE WELL 34

Mal-Den stepped through the new-found door into the light. He stopped at once, so abruptly that Raðenn bumped into him.
‘What is the matter?’
‘I’m sorry, prince, I am bewildered. Look!’
Both men moved forward and saw that the light was washing down through a cloud of green leaves high above. Tall trunks as straight as spears and fat as seven fat men standing together rose up so high that neither could see as far as the leaves without craning his neck fiercely.
They looked down again, and Raðenn said, ‘Where in Skorn are we? How did we get here?’
Then Mal-Den cried, ‘The door! Raðenn, the door!’
Both ran towards the curved wall and beat upon it with their hands. The door had vanished, and as they stepped back and stared, the entire building shimmered and was gone. Where it had been were more and more of the huge trees, spread out further than their eyes could see.
‘Now what do we do?’ asked Raðenn.

sue bridgwater

THE FOREST LANDS

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