a royal way to travel
| " just nature and me, the place I want to be, walking through the woods looking for help for my friend," she stopped and sighed. " that's not me being creative at all," she said. " that's just me copying old jack's boat."
she kept walking while thinking about her childhood, and how, indeed, she did like old jack's boat as a kid.
listening to an old fisherman tell stories about himself and a dog seemed to bring comfort, and rowan missed those days
" hi" said a voice from a nearby tree. " is someone their?"
rrowan stopped walking and jolted to attention
" is someone their?" she asked. " yes, I'm rowan. just going on a walk, don't mind me."
the voice responded " I'm betty bumblebee, nice to meet you."
" a talking bumblebee?" rowan asked aloud. " really?"
" oh yes," said betty. " I got my ability to talk from the land of a thousand voices, just across rainbow falls."
rowan repeated " rainbow falls" aloud a couple of times
" it's a magic waterfall," continued betty. " their is always a new land their, every day it is something diffrent."
rowan grinned. it did exist after all. goldylocks legend was true.
" will you take me?" asked rowan, " I want to see it myself."
" follow me," said betty be, and off they went in search of rainbow falls.
when they arived at rainbow falls, rowan noticed a man sitting on a rock
he was mumbling something about colored rocks.
" of these rocks, thousands be, to cross these falls, give red to me."
" this is where I leave you," said betty, and before rowan could thank her, she had flown off back to her hive.
rowan didn't waste any time. she bent down looking for a red rock to give to the strange man.
she found one, and gave it to him.
at once, the man waved a magic stick, and rowan was in the waterfall. not just in the waterfall either, dressed for the ocasion too, with even a wooden plank to help her float across.
" well done child, you did well. where the water will take you, who can tell" said the man, as he grinned an excited grin.
rowan continued to make her way over the waterfall, until she came out in to what looked like a courtyard.
" welcome!" came a voice, and before rowan knew it a horse had rode up beside her, an elderly man holding on to it's saddle.
" I am oliver," said oliver. " and this is my horse, sir henry."
"welcome to the castle. can I ask who you are?."
" rowan," said rowan " I'm rowan. I was taking a walk through the woods, and well, ended up here."
" you swam through a magic waterfall?" asked oliver.
" um, yes. yes I did,." said rowan. " how do you know?"
" for years people have entered our land via rainbow falls, that water has magic power."
" wait, wait!" said rowan. " wait a second. goldylocks told me"
oliver interupted her.
" goldylocks?" oliver asked. " how is she?"
" you know her?" rowan asked. " she's good, but she's quite old now and she can't leave the house. but anyway, she told me that every day when you go through rainbow falls, their is a diffrent land."
" their is," said oliver. " up to a point. the waterfall may have a new surprise every day, but sometimes it's somewhere you've all ready been. you know, nothing's ever limitless, and that includes waterfall magic." he grinned.
" anyway," he said. " you must take my horse. ride it back to your world and get goldylocks to come and visit me."
" but won't you be lonely without your horse?" asked rowan
" me?. lonely?" oliver laughed, tapped his fingers, and a second, even larger horse came in to view. " you take care now," he says, " and tell goldylocks I said hi!"
" I hope to see you again" rowan said, as she climed on the horse and told it to ride towards the waterfall
she was just thinking about the dangers of hhorses crossing waterfalls, when the waterfall caught rowan and the horse, sailed them both across- and she found herself unharmed, back in the woods where she started.
" I must tell goldylocks I found it," she said. " I must tell her it's real."
she raced back to the little cottage and knocked.
when goldylocks opened the door and saw her riding a horse, she looked shocked.
" where did you get the horse?" she asked in astonishment.
" it's real!" rowan cried. " the waterfall is real!"
" you silly little girl," said goldylocks. " it's a story. only someone gullible would fall for such nonsense."
" oliver says hi," rowan aded
at the mention of oliver, goldylocks grew silent
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