The Missing Unicorn in the Land of the Zombie Fairies—Part Five
By: David K. Montoya

DEDICATED TO MY GIRLS, ZOIE & LILY

The darkness was beyond black, no one saw their hands if waved in front of their face. But Olivia felt a hand that grabbed her tiny wrist and pulled her into the arms

The darkness was beyond black, no one saw their hands if waved in front of their face. But Olivia felt a hand that grabbed her tiny wrist and pulled her into the arms of someone. It was her older sister, Emma. The youngest of the two felt safe, though she could not see anything.

The void was thick, as if they were inside a cloud, their skin was damp from the moisture.

"Every thing is all right," Emma whispered. Although Olivia knew that her big sister was scared too, as she heard her heart while it raced inside Em's chest.

She squeezed her sister tightly.

"I am sorry, girls," Kén Tauros choked with emotion. "This is my fault."

"Mother," Theo the Prince Gnome cried.

"Nonsense," Emma reassured softly. "Theo everything will be all right."

They continued to plummet through the dark emptiness, in a relative silence other than Theo's nonstop sobbing.

"I'm never going to see Mother again, how horrible," Theo balled. "None of us! Kén will never eat another meal, and gir—"

Kén Tauros interrupted as he exclaimed, "What no more meals?!"

As the Gnome Prince saw that the Centaur, was also sad, made him feel a little better about his situation. "Not for a thousand years," Theo explained. "My mother said that it takes a thousand years to be digested in a Haggar God's tummy."

"A thousand years, that's like ten weeks," Olivia howled in horror.

Despite the trouble they were in, Emma could not help, but smile at her younger sister's miscalculation of time. But, in her tough girl tone, she said, "Theo! Enough of this silliness! You are doing nothing but upsetting everyone and you need to knock it off right this second!"

"I–I'm sorry," said while he felt bad at what he had done to the others.

After a few moments had passed, they felt a breeze while all of them fell at an amazing speed.

Then, without notice the four, the sisters, Emma and Olivia, Kén Tauros and Prince Theophrastus von Hohenheim of Paracelsus exited what felt like a dark cloud with a puff. Now, slipped into what appeared as though they traveled through a kaleidoscope, inside of the device while it churned while a cascade of colors swirled around them. An odd sensation of peace blanketed them while the descended into the unknown, which felt more of floating than falling.

With a smell of fresh cotton candy which intensified the deeper they fell, the sense of peace slowly transitioned into comfort. It was a sensation similar to having a full belly after a big meal. Olivia watched as her new acquaintance, Theo the Gnome Prince stretched and let out a large satisfied yawn.

That cause the youngest of the sisters to yawn too, and much like someone watching another yawn now everyone yawned and stretched.

After a big yawn of her own, Olivia said, "Em, I'm so sleepy."

"Me too, Livi," Said Emma and then yawned herself. "I can barely keep my eyes open."

"I think I may take a small nap," Olivia said in a faded voice.

"I think that may be a wonderful idea, Livi," Emma mumbled. She looked to her left and saw that Theo was already fast asleep and then turned to her right and her dear friend, the centaur, Kén Tauros while he snored loudly.

Emma knew something was amiss, but she was too tired to act on her intuition.

"Livi, something is not right, we…," Emma attempted. "We are…falling…"

"No… Em, we are floating on a cloud." Olivia corrected.

You are all doomed.

Emma knew that voice, but again, she was too tired to think.

"We're inside, Swampworld," Emma said before she fell fast asleep.

"What," Olivia mumbled.

There was silence but, as her eyes slowly closed, and moments before the ascend into dreamland, the quietude was interrupted by what sounded like the roar of a dragon.

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Sometime later, Olivia was first to awaken. They lied in a large field of sunflowers while they swayed in a cotton candy scented breeze. She stood to her feet and the flowers towered her in height. The sense of comfort and contentment was gone, and fear stood fast inside the little girl.

"Em! Em! Emma where are you," Olivia cried.

"Livi!" She heard.

"Em! I'm scared!" Olivia said.

"I'm here, Livi," Emma said. "Everything will be all right."

"Where are you," Olivia asked while she glanced around. All she saw was overgrown vegetation.

"I have to be close by, if you can hear me and me you," Emma explained. "I will find you."

"How," Olivia asked, with the fear which grew inside her.

"Uh," Emma said. She pondered for a moment, and then came up with an idea to find her little sister. "I got it, Livi! We will play a game of Marco Polo!"

"Great idea, Em," Olivia exclaimed. "Marco!"

"Polo," Emma replied. Both girls stepped forward toward the sound of each others voices.

"Marco!" "Polo!"

Again, they took another step forward, and after several rounds of Marco Polo the sisters came together.

"Livi!"

"Em!"

The girls embraced.

"I thought that I would never see you again," Olivia wept as she cried in Emma's arms.

"It's all right, I'm here," Emma comforted, but tears fell as well.

Touching.

"Swampworld," Emma asked.

Indeed, child.

"Are we still inside the creature," Emma meditated. "I thought perhaps we fell into a different dimension, but I was wrong."

Emma looked up at the kaleidoscope–like sky.

How could something so beautiful be buried inside such and ugly creature, Emma thought.

"Where is Kén," Olivia asked her big sister as she imitated her and investigated the sky as well. "You think he was still up there?"

"Not likely, Livi," Emma said. "Did you forget about Theo, the Gnome Prince? He was with us too."

"I didn't forget him," Olivia replied.

"Oh," Emma said with a bit of confusion in her words.

"Yeah, but I could do without that annoying little gnome," Olivia confessed.

"Olivia!" Emma exclaimed in surprise by her sister's disposition to the overly chatty gnome prince.

"What," Olivia said with a shrug. "I can't help I want to put glue in his oats."

"Olivia! Shame on you!" Emma said.

"What did I say," Olivia said and tipped her head to one side accompanied with an innocent expression.

"We still need to figure out how to get out of here, first," Emma said while she grabbed her sister's hand and walked into the field of sunflowers.

"How," Olivia asked, and pushed the leaves away from her face.

"I don't know, yet," Emma disclosed in a tender voice. "I don't know which way East or which way is West. There is no sun, to figure out our direction. Daddy showed me some time back how to figure out where I was heading if I ever get lost without a compass…but that was on Earth."

Roooooar!

With the sound, Emma and Olivia both looked up into the sky in unison. The Sisters found the most beautiful creature they had ever seen. A Swamp Dragon which hovered above them, its scales reflected multiple colors in the un–sourced light. The beast's wings outstretched also, iridescent in nature exploded with unimaginable visual property, that could only be understood with the sight of a human's eye. With another roar, instead of fire, a rainbow of light escaped the mouth in the same fury as its mythical medieval cousins on Earth.

While it circled above Emma and Olivia, it outstretched its elongated neck toward the sisters. "If I may… Perhaps, I may be of help," the Swamp Dragon said with what Emma swore was a friendly smile.

To be continued…

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