Copyright 2016 Mark Mulle
Published by Mark Mulle at Shakespir
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The day the sun went dark in the Over World was a pleasant day.
It started out normally enough. Jessica rolled out of her bed, still half asleep from staying up too late last night reading her favorite story about magic. She always seemed to have her head stuck in a book.
Then her aunt gave her a list of chores to do around the farm. This was how most days went that she didn’t have to go to school.
Heading out across the fields to tend to the wheat, she yawned. The sun was high up in the sky without a cloud in the sky.
“Stayed up too late again, didn’t you?”
Jessica looked over her shoulder to see her best friend, Zack, looping through the fields towards her. He was munching on an apple. She had known him for a few years now, ever since her parents went missing and she had to come live with her aunt.
“Yeah. Regretting it now though.” She said with another yawn.
Zack plopped down on the dirt, not caring if his pants got dirty. They weren’t similar in appearances at all. Where Jessica had dark hair and almost pale skin no matter how much time she spent outside, Zack had blonde hair and was tan from all the hours that he spent climbing around the ruins at the edge of town. The ruins that were off limits, mind you. He didn’t seem to care.
“What’s up with you and reading about magic so much? You know it’s forbidden in town.”
“I know that,” She said, shoving some wheat in her basket, “Everyone knows that.”
It was true. There were stories of mages and the adventures they had but for the most part, the Over World frowned upon anyone who used magic. It was considered unnatural to be able to bend the elements to your will.
Even so, Jessica loved reading tales of their adventures. She liked to imagine that she could wield that power as well. She would show everyone mages weren’t something to fear. They just could do something wonderful.
Zack grinned, “If I were a mage, I’d totally…talk to animals.”
“Mages can’t talk to animals.” Jessica replied with a huff.
“They just can’t. No one can talk to animals.”
“Well, that’s silly. They should talk to animals. It just seems like they should be able to.”
That was another thing about being best friends with Zack – he always knew just the right way to drive her crazy. She was about to explain to him why mages didn’t talk to animals when she heard her aunt calling her name.
Jessica turned around and waved as her aunt came over. She was hunched over, old from not only age, but living out here on the farm for so long.
“Zack, are you distracting Jess from her work?”
“No, Aunt Tabitha.” Zack said quickly.
“Where are your parents?” Tabitha asked him.
“Dad is one town over for trading and mom is sick again. I was going into the market to get her some of that tea she likes.” Zack mumbled.
“Then run along, boy. You should be getting that tea, not bothering Jess from her chores.”
Zack was a wild child. Since his dad was gone a lot and his mom seemed to fall ill often, he ran around the town doing whatever he pleased. Yet, for some reason, he always listened to Tabitha. He gave Jessica a wave and set off back across the field.
“Jessica, you should tell him that you’re busy when he comes by.”
“He didn’t mean any harm. And you know I hate pulling wheat.” She complained.
Tabitha shook her head a little, “I know but we can’t always do the things we want to do.”
Jessica thought of her books – of mages who explored all the Over World and fought skeletons and monsters. They did whatever they wanted, didn’t they? She knew they weren’t real but still…
“You look tired,” Tabitha said to her, “Were you up too late reading those silly books again?”
“They aren’t silly.” Jessica defended herself.
“The mages in your books might seem glamorous but it is a far cry from the truth.” Her aunt replied swiftly.
“How do you know?” Jessica challenged.
Tabitha set her mouth in a thin line, “Just listen to me, girl. Get your head out of the clouds and get back to work, please. I need you to help me milk the cows when you’re finished.”
Jessica watched her aunt leave and sighed. Tabitha always lectured her about finding mages too interesting. Yet for all the lectures that Jessica had sat through, she still wasn’t convinced mages were bad.
She turned back to the wheat and grumbled to herself, getting ready to do her chores.
At lunch time, Zack came back around to the house. Jessica was eating lunch outside, underneath her favorite tree. She had her book propped open and was reading it. She was so focused on it that she didn’t even see Zack until he nudged her with his foot, sitting down across from her.
“Hey.” He said.
“Hey, how was the market?” Jessica asked, closing her book with a twinge of regret.
“The same market it always has been. Everything is always the same here. It never changes. I wish dad would let me go with him when he leaves town but he needs someone to watch mom.”
“Would be fun, wouldn’t it, if something really exciting happened?” Jessica said, “I mean, imagine going out into the Over World and exploring. We could meet the king after we did some amazing feat of sorcery. I heard the castle is made from pure gold.”
Zack leaned over and took some of the cheese that Jessica had been nibbling on, popping it in his mouth, “Well, that seems foolish. Gold isn’t very strong. What if they were attacked? That’s why no one makes armor out of gold. It looks pretty but it is really weak.”
“Yeah but a regular old castle is boring to imagine. I prefer to think of it as gold. Anyway, it doesn’t matter. Nothing exciting is ever going to happen around here.” She grumbled, nibbling on her cheese.
Zack sighed, “You’re right. Was Tabitha angry I distracted you?”
“No. It ended up turning into yet another mage lecture.”
“She’s fond of that, isn’t she? Why is she so hung up on mages, anyway? Do you think she met one?”
Jessica blinked, “I never thought about that before.”
“There has to be a reason she’s so worked up about them,” Zack wondered aloud, “I mean, besides the reason everyone else is.”
She looked over at the house. Was it possibly that her aunt had met a mage? For all Tabitha’s lectures, Jessica had never once considered that she had met one.
“Maybe I should ask her.” She said.
Zack was busy shoving a piece of her bread in his mouth to reply. Jessica was about to tell him to stop taking her lunch when she blinked.
“Is it getting darker?” She asked suddenly.
Zack tilted his face upwards to the sky. She didn’t feel as if she was imagining it. The shadows were growing longer, stretching out across the front yard of her house. She got up and looked over to where the sun was.
To her amazement, there was a dark shadow slowly covering the sun. Jessica blinked twice in case there was some trick being played on her eyes. But no, there was a shadow inching its way across the sun.
“What in the Over World is that?” Zack exclaimed.
“I have no idea. You see it too?”
“How can I not see it?” His tone was shocked, mirroring how Jessica felt.
Jessica lived on a hill with the rest of the farms. The town was at the base of the hill. Even from here, she could see that they weren’t the only ones noticing the sun. People were coming out of their homes and businesses to look at the sight.
“What’s going on? What are you two staring at?”
It was Tabitha, coming out of the house. She stopped to look in the direction that Jessica was staring at and let out a small gasp. Then she hurried over towards the two of them.
“Get inside, now!”
“What’s going on?” Zack asked.
But Tabitha was ushering them inside the house. She locked the door behind them. Jessica looked through the window. The shadow was stretching across the sun. The Over World was growing darker. It was going to be completely dark soon, as if it was night time.
“Stay away from the window, Jess.” Tabitha said, gently pulling her away from it.
“But what is going on? Do you know?”
“No,” Tabitha replied although Jessica wasn’t sure if she believed her or not, “But whatever it is, it isn’t good.”
Tabitha sat them down in the living room. Jessica felt incredibly nervous. How could the sun just be covered like that? She had never even heard of something like that happening.
“Stay here.” Tabitha ordered and then left the house.
Zack blinked, “Didn’t she just say that it was safer inside? Where is she going?”
“I don’t know. This is sort of scary.” Jessica admitted.
Ten minutes later, it was fully dark outside. It was as if the sun had been a giant candle that someone had put out. Distantly, Jessica could hear the alarms going off in town. She was starting to get anxious about where Tabitha was when the door opened and she came back inside.
Her face and fingers were smeared with dirt, as if she had been digging, but she didn’t explain. In her hands were weapons.
“Whoa, where did we have those?” Jessica asked.
Sometimes, Tabitha would let her practice with an old iron sword and shield in the fields. But Jessica wasn’t very good at it. It felt unnatural to her to hold the weapons.
But the weapons that Tabitha were holding weren’t just some old things crafted out of iron. Even in the dim lighting of the house, only illuminated by a lone candle that Zack had lit, Jessica could see the weapons were made from diamonds.
“Zack, you practice with the bow, don’t you? Here. Jessica, the sword and shield.” She handed the weapons to them.
“Uh, Aunt Tabitha, is there a reason you are currently equipping us with diamond weapons?” Zack asked, looking confused.
“With the sun blocked out, hordes of creatures are going to come here. Skeletons. Spiders. Worse. I need you two to stay here and be prepared for whatever comes your way.”
“What?” Jessica asked, “Where are you going?”
“I have to do something.”
Alarmed, she stood up, “What do you mean? You can’t go anywhere. You just said it yourself – it’s really dangerous!”
“Jessica, listen to me – you have to stay here, okay? You can’t run off. Keep Zack with you.”
Jessica grabbed her aunt’s arm. She was feeling panicked now at the idea of not only her aunt leaving but apparently, hordes of creatures coming towards town.
“What aren’t you telling me?” She demanded.
Tabitha didn’t reply. Instead, she took Jessica’s hand and placed something in the palm of it. She looked down. It was a necklace. The pendant at the end was a dark ruby that seemed to swirl as if there was a liquid inside.
“This was your mother’s.” Tabitha whispered.
“What?” Jessica stammered out – she didn’t own anything that belonged to her missing parents.
“Stay here. No matter what.” Her aunt said and then pressed her lips against Jessica’s forehead in a kiss.
Then she turned around and left the house, shutting the door firmly behind her.
“What was that about?” Zack asked and looked down at his bow, “Where did your aunt get diamond weapons?”
“I have no idea.” Jessica mumbled.
She looked down at the necklace that Tabitha had given her. She had never seen it before. Was this truly her mother’s? She put it on, clasping it around her neck. Was Jessica imagining it or did the ruby seem to hum against her skin?
“I’m okay with the bow. But, no offense, you’re terrible with the sword and shield.” Zack pointed out.
“Thanks for the vote of confidence, best friend.” Jessica replied.
He held his hands up as if he was innocent, “You know it’s true.”
“It shouldn’t matter. We’re staying here, like Tabitha said.”
“I can’t stay here,” Zack went, “My mom is home alone. I have to get to her.”
“Zack, you can’t! You heard Tabitha. The sun is out! Who knows what sort of crazy things are going to attack the village!”
“Then you stay here!” He cried out, “But I have to make sure my mom is okay!”
Jessica let out a groan of frustration. There was no way she was going to let her best friend run out by himself. No matter what Tabitha said, she was going to help Zack out. That was just what friends did.
“Fine but this is terrible idea!” She threw her hands up in the air before grabbing her weapons, “We have no armor, by the way.”
“I have some back home we can wear. All we have to do is get down the hill and turn onto the first street. You know that my house isn’t too far away. We can do this.”
“I’m going to get in so much trouble.” Jessica mumbled.
“Aunt Tabitha ran out with no weapons at all,” Zack pointed out, “And I don’t think she can fight.”
Jessica sighed, “Alright, that isn’t reassuring at all.”
Zack opened the front door and headed out across the yard. He had his bow ready. Jessica followed him although she didn’t feel nearly as confident with her sword and shield. The sky had gone dark. It was as if it was night time now.
She could hear the alarms in town as people prepared for an emergency. Jessica wondered what the rest of the Over World was doing at this moment. Were they all panicking? Was the king at ease? Jessica bet he knew what to do.
In the distance, she could see the ruins on the outskirt of town. They were dangerous to go into. Throughout the years, some kids would try to go on adventures and get hurt. She disliked when Zack would go playing around in there.
Now, however, the ruins looked a little different. The remaining tower that was still standing looked almost as if it was…glowing? That doesn’t seem right. Jessica furiously rubbed her eyes and looked back at the tower.
It was no longer glowing. She must have imagined it. Tearing her eyes away from the ruins, she followed Zack down the hill. Not only had the sun been blocked out, but it had gotten a lot colder as well. A wind had kicked up, whipping around them. Jessica shivered as they set off down the pathway towards town.
She tried to ignore the fact that they were going against what Tabitha had told them. Here they were, heading into town, the sun completely blacked out with who only knew what was coming towards them.
Jessica tried to ignore the fear that was trying to overtake her. If the roles had been reversed, and Tabitha had been alone during the attack, would she have stayed behind? No, she would have gone after her aunt, just like Zack wanted to go after his mom.
The farms were separated by a small fence to keep out wandering animals. Zack hopped over it with Jessica following closely behind. They were soon in the nearest pathway of town. The row of homes was well known to Jessica. She always had to cut through here to get to the town square.
“What are you two kids doing down here?” Someone called out to them – it looked like August, an old family friend.
“I have to get to my mom!” Zack said, “She’s by herself!”
Before August could come over and try to stop the two of them from going farther into town, Zack yanked on Jessica’s arm. They took off at a run, dodging August. She knew that he was concerned at seeing them in town, but they were already here. She wasn’t going to go back and leave Zack alone.
Besides, her aunt was out here too. Where could she have gone?
The necklace bounced against her skin as they ran around a corner. All around them, townspeople were either trying to board up their homes or find their weapons. Even though the town was surrounded by a wall to keep out hordes, apparently with the sun being blocked out, no one wanted to take any chances.
The alarms were still ringing in Jessica’s ears – bells tolling from the church nearby – when they made it to the town square. Her steps faltered as she looked around. She had lived here most of her life but she had never seen the town square quite like this.
It was packed with people. Some were the town guard, getting ready to defend the walls. Everyone assumed since it was now technically nighttime, creatures would be coming. The way the wind whipped around everyone also made people jumpier. Was a storm coming?
Other groups of people were trying to board up homes or secure things that could fly around in case there was a large storm coming. Jessica marveled at how, even though everyone was scared out of their mind, they were still all working together for the safety of the town.
Then someone yanked on her. She yelped in surprise and turned around. It was August.
“You two need to get to safety. I have no idea why you both are running around like this is a joke –”
“I told you! My mom is back at home and I have to get to her!” Zack snapped.
“And my aunt ran off too.” Jessica protested, pulling her arm free.
August frowned, “Tabitha?”
“Yes, that is still my aunt’s name.” She scowled.
“Why would she do that?” He asked her.
“What? I don’t know. That’s what I’m trying to find out. She went somewhere, obviously.”
August’s face had drained of color, as if he knew exactly where Tabitha was going. Was he that close to her aunt? She had been around August and his family a few times throughout the years but she couldn’t remember Tabitha ever talking about him as if he was some close friend.
But their conversation was cut short. Jessica didn’t get a chance to ask because a chorus of noise came from behind the town walls.
The monsters were here.
It sounded as if there were skeletons and spiders all trying to get into the town. Normally, the archers that walked along the top of the wall to guard it were almost bored. There would be perhaps one or two spiders a night they’d shoot down.
Tonight, however, with the storm rolling in and the sun blocked, Jessica could hear what sounded like tons of creatures trying to break down the walls.
August, who had a bow slung over his shoulder, took off towards the wall to help. Then he stopped and looked behind him.
“Jessica, we have to talk. Don’t go anywhere.” Then he ran off towards the wall.
“Now he wants me to stay.” She grumbled under her breath to Zack.
But in the chaos of the encroaching attack, Zack was no longer by her side. Alarmed, she looked around for him. He must have slipped away when everyone heard the creatures.
The wind was so strong now that trying to cut through the crowd and walk against the wind was almost impossible. The sky lit up once with lightning so bright that for a split second, Jessica’s vision turned white. The creatures had come to the wall because she could hear the archers calling out orders and firing their arrows.
Jessica managed to squeeze through the crowd and darted down the side street leading to Zack’s house. As she ran, something in the sky caught her eye. From this angle, she could only see the tower from the ruins. But her steps faltered and she found herself staring at it.
It was glowing. There was no mistaking it this time. Above it, storm clouds swirled. The ruins…something was going on in them! The sight of the glowing tower and storm was terrifying. But Jessica shoved her fear down and went over to Zack’s front door.
She opened it and stepped inside. Zack was here. Relief swept through her at the sight of her friend. His mom, always looking frail, was sitting by the dining room table.
“You scared me! Running off like that!”
“Sorry,” Zack said although he didn’t look sorry, “I didn’t want to deal with August.”
“Skeletons and spiders are at the walls. The tower in the ruins is glowing and there is a storm coming.” Jessica said, trying to hide how afraid she was.
Zack swallowed hard. His mother reached across the table and patted his arm gently to comfort him.
“It’s the legend coming to life.” Zack’s mother said almost sadly.
Confused, Jessica went, “What do you mean?”
“Do you know what is going on here, mom?” Zack asked.
“Oh, just an old tale from when I was young. The ruins have always been here, you know that. When we were kids, we used to tell scary tales about the ruins. But there was one about the sun going out.”
“What is it?” Zack asked.
A thudding noise got Jessica’s attention. As much as she wanted to hear about the legend, there was so much going on right now that she didn’t have time to sit and listen to a story. She peaked out the window.
Smoke was rising from where the wall was located. Right after Jessica saw that, the alarm changed. It went from the regular tolling signaling that the town was on alert to the signal that the walls had been breached.
“Stay here.” She ordered Zack, “My aunt is somewhere out there.”
He tried to protest, as did his mother, but Jessica was out the door and back in town before she heard anything. Tabitha was running around somewhere. With a breach, those creatures would be coming in and tearing up the town. She had to find her!
Jessica decided to avoid the town square. It would be clustered with people and dangerous with the skeletons and spiders piling in. Tabitha wouldn’t have gone that way, anyway. No, wherever her aunt went, she had a plan in mind.
She turned and took off the opposite direction. Gripping her shield and sword, she tried to keep an eye out for any creatures. Her necklace felt as if it was humming against her skin. Jessica flattened herself against a wall when she saw a skeleton walking down an alleyway.
Waiting until it was gone, she called out her aunt’s name. It was a long shot but there was no way of knowing where Tabitha was.
Instead, someone else answered, “Jessica!”
It was August. He was hurrying over to her, gripping his bow. His face scrunched up at the sight of her.
“What are you doing?” He demanded, “I thought you’d at least hide with Zack and his mother.”
“My aunt is still out there. Besides, you told me not to go anywhere, right? The town square has to be a mess. There’s been a breach, hasn’t there?”
“Stop looking for Tabitha. She isn’t here.” He went.
“What? What do you mean?” Jessica asked, panicked.
“You heard me. She isn’t in town.” August repeated himself.
“How can she not be in town? What aren’t you telling me?”
“Come on, you need to get to safety.”
Jessica took a step backwards and crossed her arms, “I’m not going anywhere until you tell me where my aunt went.”
There was a strange chittering noise nearby, indicating a spider. Even so, Jessica didn’t budge. She needed to know where Tabitha had gone off to. She was her only family left. Jessica wasn’t going to leave her behind.
In the darkness, she could see August throw his hands up in the air in frustration, “Fine, but then you have to go back to Zack’s. Understand?”
She nodded, although she didn’t have any intention of going back to Zack’s if Tabitha was in trouble. The chittering noise was growing louder, as if there were more than one.
The clouds opened and rain finally began to fall. The droplets of water were ice cold and made Jessica break out into shivers.
“Tabitha went to the ruins.” August finally said.
“What?!” Jessica exclaimed, not expecting that to come out of his mouth.
“I told you where she is. Now get back to Zack’s!”
“Why is she there? Why in the world would she go to the ruins? She always told me to avoid it!”
“And you should! Come on, Jess, you have to get to safety.”
The first of the spiders rounded the corner behind August. Jessica exclaimed in surprise which made him turn around. Quickly, he grabbed his bow and sent an arrow flying.
It took down one of the spiders but there seemed to be an endless supply behind it. They were piling out of the alleyway and barreling down towards the two of them. Jessica gripped her sword but the palms of her hands were sweaty. She remembered Zack pointing out how bad she was at combat. It just made her feel more nervous.
August told her to run but she wasn’t going to leave him behind. There was no way he could hold his own against this many spiders. The wind whipped the rain around them and each droplet stung Jessica’s skin.
One of the spiders darted past August and ran towards her. Taking a deep breath, she brought her sword down.
But she was too slow. The spider knocked her to the ground. Then it was on top of her with its fangs and eyes. It opened its mouth –
And fell over. August stood over it, holding a dagger. He yanked Jessica up and pushed her away from him. Her necklace was beating against her skin and was warming up. Yet she didn’t have any time to wonder how it was doing such a thing.
“You need to run! You aren’t skilled enough!” August shouted at her over the din of spiders and wind.
He had a point. If he kept having to save her, then she wasn’t exactly helping, was she?
Jessica turned around and ran down the street, in the opposite direction of Zack’s house.
Why was she so terrible with her sword and shield? Jessica felt useless. She couldn’t help August at all and now he was defending her so she could escape.
And her aunt was somewhere out in those terrible ruins.
Jessica finally came to a stop, gasping for air. The rain was coming down so hard now that it felt as if she was underwater instead of standing in the middle of town. Where was she going? Did she think she was going to go find Tabitha in the ruins? She would probably just slow her aunt down and become a hazard. But the way towards Zack was blocked by spiders.
Jessica was trying to mentally map out where to go next when a group of skeletons appeared at the end of the street. Some were even clawing their way out of homes, letting Jessica know that they had broken into some already.
She took a step backwards. Alright, so she would go the way she had come and hope the way was no longer blocked. But as Jessica turned around, she could see another group of skeletons coming down the street, cutting her off from her way back.
She was cornered.
Jessica gripped her sword and shield but they felt slippery from the rain. It was so dark now, between the sun being blotted out and the rain pouring down on her, that she could hardly make the skeletons out.
They were coming for her. With their swords raised, Jessica could hear their bones clattering together. There was no way she could take on these skeletons.
Her necklace beat against her chest. It was as if it was trying to get her attention. Out of desperation, she grabbed it as if it could offer her comfort.
Instead, as Jessica clutched the necklace, she felt an intense power surge through her. It radiated through her hands and down along her body. She had never felt something like this before. What was this? It felt as if something was unlocking inside of her. Breaking free, letting something long hidden go –
Before Jessica even knew what she was doing, she let go of the necklace. Dropping her sword and shield, she raised her hands. Then, flames came out of her hands as if conjured by magic itself. It slammed into the skeletons, turning them to ash before her very eyes. The fire spell didn’t seem to be bothered by the rain.
She turned to the other side, still holding up her hands. The flames circled around the other group of skeletons and they crumbled to ash.
Then, the power faded from her hands. Her necklace went silent against her skin. Jessica pitched forwards but managed to grab onto a window ledge to stop herself from falling. She felt dizzy and slightly sick. She had never felt power like that before.
Even so, she had read enough to know what it was.
It had been magic.
It had been something a mage should only be able to do.
Could it be possible that Jessica was a mage?
As she slumped down against the wall, trying to let the dizziness pass, she thought back to how little she knew about her parents. When they had gone missing, Jessica had been young. Tabitha had always rarely spoken of them. Jessica had assumed it was because it brought up bad memories.
But what if it was because there was more to the story? What if her parents were mages?
It would explain so much, Jessica thought woozily. It would explain why Tabitha seemed to always be afraid of Jessica’s interest in mages, for one. It would explain how she had just been able to do that fire spell. This necklace had been her mother’s, hadn’t it? That must mean that her mom had been a mage.
The realization made Jessica feel even dizzier. But she had already wasted enough time here. Dragging herself to her feet, she tried to ignore how tired she felt. Her body wasn’t used to using magic.
Even so, whatever block she had on her, making sure she couldn’t do magic, had clearly been broken by the necklace. Was that why Tabitha had given it to her? Perhaps her aunt knew that it was tied to some mental block.
Her aunt was in the ruins. Jessica knew that she needed to get there and discover what Tabitha knew about everything. Looking behind her to make sure there were no more skeletons, she scampered down the street. If she took the long way around, she could find the side exit. That would lead her outside of the town grounds, towards the ruins. Could she really do this?
Yes, she told herself fiercely. She had just discovered a huge part of herself – she was a mage! Whatever stood in her way, Jessica was determined to face it down and find her aunt. She needed answers. She demanded answers. Going to the ruins was dangerous, yes, but this was something that she needed to do.
There was a sudden cracking noise followed by an explosion. The ground shook underneath her feet and she hit the cobbled pathway. Wincing in pain, Jessica looked behind her. Thick smoke was billowing up from the entrance of town. Was something even worse coming into town now? Was it like this throughout the entire Over World?
She looked up to where the sun should be but it was still blocked. The clouds were flashing with lightning. The tower at the ruins was still shining like a beacon. Getting to her feet, Jessica took off again.
She managed to hide when a group of spiders skittered down a pathway. She even ducked behind a store front when skeletons walked by. They seemed to be patrolling, searching for people. Why would they be searching for people?
Jessica’s teeth were chattering from how cold it was. Her fingers felt numb but she wasn’t sure if that was from the magic or the cold. Either way, she pushed through it. Moving down a side street, she could see the wall signaling the edge of town in the distance above the rooftops. She was close.
That was when she grew careless. In her haste to get to the wall, she didn’t check the next avenue well enough. When the fireball soared through the air, Jessica crouched at the last minute. The fireball barely missed hitting her and struck the house behind her.
Startled, she tried to see what had sent a fireball her way. In the darkness came an odd wailing noise. Jessica had never heard such a noise before. She held onto her sword and shield. If that fire spell had made her dizzy, there was no way she could just rely on magic yet. It would be too much for her.
Then Jessica saw it. She blinked rapidly, trying to keep the water out of her eyes. Was that – what it was! It was a ghast.
She had only ever read about them. They were supposed to only be in the Nether. She had no idea what it was doing here. But there was no time to wonder. The ghast wailed and released another fireball.
It soared through the air. Like her own magic, it didn’t seem bothered by the storm. Jessica rolled to the side. It narrowly missed her. She was trying hard to remember from her lessons how to defeat a ghast. The truth was, she hadn’t paid a lot of attention because she never thought she’d ever actually fight one. Joke was on her.
The ghast was floating towards her. It sounded as if it was crying. The noise was unnerving and made Jessica jumpy. She wished she had a bow instead of this dreaded shield and sword.
She peeked her head around the corner. The ghast let another fireball soar through the sky. She ducked backwards as it slammed into the corner.
Something tugged at the back of her mind. Reflection. Blocking? Wait, no. It clicked in her brain.
Once more, she looked around the corner. The ghast was closing in on her. Even so, it released a fireball. This time, however, Jessica didn’t duck backwards. She extended her shield and the fireball bounced off it. It struck the ghast, knocking it off balance.
Jessica came around the corner and lunged, bringing her sword down. She tried to remember her lessons. With a firm grip on her sword, she managed to take the ghast down. It turned to ash at her feet and then the rain took it away.
Quickly making sure there were no more hanging around, Jessica took off towards the wall. Her heart was racing quickly. She had taken down a ghast! Never had she thought she could do such a thing. That had been all her. There had been no magic helping her!
Bolstered by her success, Jessica finally reached the wall.
Unfortunately, so had an entire horde of ghasts.
The ghasts were floating by the wall as if they were back in the Nether without a care in the world. Jessica ducked behind a wagon. Her heart beat rapidly. They were located in front of the exit that led her towards the ruins. Just her luck.
As she tried to figure out what to do, she saw a dark shape running down the street. At first, she thought that she was imagining because of the rain. But then the shape grew closer and she realized it was August.
“What are you doing?” He looked worried, probably because Tabitha had told him to watch her or something and so far Jessica hadn’t made it easy.
Casting a glance at the ghasts, she crawled over to him and got to her feet, standing up in front of him. She grabbed his arm and steered him away from the ghasts. They went under an overhang of the nearest shop.
“You knew, didn’t you?”
“Knew what?” August asked but he wasn’t looking directly at her.
“About – about who I am.” Jessica replied lamely, as if she couldn’t even bring herself to say the word ‘mage’.
August looked slightly taken aback and then narrowed his eyes, “You were supposed to stay hidden. I don’t – I don’t even know why Tabitha gave you your mother’s necklace.”
“So, it is mine? Was she one too?”
“A mage?” August finally said the word aloud, “Yes, your mother was a mage. And so are you.”
Jessica felt her head go light at the word finally being said aloud. All these years that she had read about them and longed for adventure – this entire time, she had been one! The magic had been inside of her, brought down from her mother. Her one link to her mother. Almost as if it was a reflex, Jessica clutched the necklace in her hand.
“Tabitha didn’t want you to know. Your mother, she – anyway, it doesn’t matter.” August said seriously, “Jessica, I understand that you want to get to the ruins to go after Tabitha. But she has things under control.”
Jessica scoffed and motioned around her, “How can she have any of this under control? Are you seeing what is going on here? Nothing is under control!”
“You have to come with me. We must get you to safety. And you can’t let anyone know about your magical abilities. They won’t understand. You understand how people feel about mages.”
“They’re afraid of them.” Jessica finished for him, “But even so, surely they won’t be afraid of me. I’m the same as I ever was.”
“Just trust me on this.” August said and was trying to pull her forward.
But Jessica dug her heels into the wet earth. August had known this entire time about who she truly was. He was supposed to be a family friend. Yet he hadn’t told her anything. Even now, after she had a thousand questions – like how had her magic been blocked? – he just wanted to shove her to safety.
Jessica felt anger for the first time since discovering she was a mage. Her mother had been a mage! Her first true and honest link with her mother and it had been hidden from her! There was so much she didn’t know.
“I’m not going anywhere.” She broke free of August’s grip and stared at him, “I’m going after my aunt. She’s doing something dangerous and owes me answers. If you won’t tell me what I need to know, she will.”
August’s mouth twisted in annoyance before he replied, “I don’t know what you need to know, Jess. Tabitha didn’t tell me all the answers. In fact, I wasn’t even supposed to know what I do know. I found out through an accident years ago.”
“Then, I’m going to find my aunt.” She turned around and headed back towards the ghasts.
With a groan of irritation, August went after her and said, “Fine. But I’m going to come with you then. Tabitha wanted you safe. I can’t force you to go back to Zack’s house but I’m coming with you.”
Jessica was secretly relieved. August was a better fighter than she was and it wasn’t as if she could keep using magic. She still felt drained from her fire spell.
“There is one thing I should tell you.” She whispered.
They were coming around the corner again. The ghasts blocking the exit came into view.
Jessica gestured to them, “They’re sort of blocking our way.”
“Stay here.” August ordered her.
Before Jessica could protest, he took off at a run towards the ghasts. The creatures hadn’t been expecting anyone and were taken off guard by his sudden attack. He swung his sword against one of them. The attack turned the ghast to ash. Then he spun on his heels and brought his shield up, deflecting a fireball. It slammed back into another ghast and it crumbled into ash.
That left two of them. Jessica had never seen August truly fight like that before. He was too skilled to be a town guard. Fighting like that he should be part of the Kings Guard. What was he doing in this small town? Just another question to add to the ever growing list.
The two remaining ghasts wailed loudly and started to glide over to August. A sudden strong gust of wind tore through the town. Jessica fell forward, knocked over by how powerful it was. August fell backwards, off the cobblestone pathway and into the mud.
Something wrapped around her ankle. Surprised, she tried to look over her shoulder. It was a skeleton! It must have been sneaking up on her and she hadn’t seen it. Alarmed, she kicked her feet wildly in an attempt to break free.
But the wind was picking up. The rain was stinging her skin because it was falling so hard. The skeleton couldn’t maintain its grip. Its bony fingers tore away from her ankle as it went flying back against a house and shattered.
The storm was so ferocious that Jessica could only lower her head from the winds. It felt as if she was going to be lifted off the ground at any moment. She dug her fingers into the dirt as if it was something she could hold onto.
The wind howled in her ears, making it impossible to hear anything. She tried to look up but the wind and rain made her eyes close automatically. It wasn’t safe to be outside anymore. As much as Jessica wanted to run off to the ruins, she would never make it to this storm.
Something grabbed onto her arms. She let out a cry of surprise and tried to fight it off. But they were stronger. Jessica stopped struggling and managed to open her eyes enough to make out August. He said something but even though they were this close, his words were lost on the wind.
He was tugging her along now towards safety. The ghasts were gone. There was a loud cracking noise but Jessica couldn’t see what was breaking. Progress was slow going. The sky filled with lightning and thunder boomed in her ears. The town wasn’t built for a storm like this.
They were near the store now and were trying to get inside. The door was locked. August was shouting. Jessica could see his mouth move. Finally, after managing to look in the window and see no one was inside, he grabbed his sword and brought it down across the lock.
But the lock didn’t break right away. The wind wasn’t as bad underneath the overhang but when a door flew past them, Jessica knew they were running out of time. The town was crumbling all around them.
As August brought his sword down again against the lock, Jessica saw something careening down the pathway, brought by the wind. It was a large piece of roof, jagged around the edges. It was coming straight for them.
Jessica grabbed August and pulled him away from the door. She didn’t have any time to point at what was flying towards them. But the wind slowed down their movement – they were going to be struck by the roof.
Before she could overthink it, or even fully figure out what she was going to do, she raised her hand. Thinking only of protection, a beam of light shot out of her hand and encircled the two of them like a shield.
A split second later, the roof slammed into the shield. It broke apart from the force of it and then the wind took it away, past them and into the distance.
Jessica’s grip on the shield shattered instantly. The world spun in front of her eyes. She was extremely dizzy. August gripped her tightly and brought his sword down against the shield again.
The lock broke. August and Jessica toppled into the store. He shut the door behind them.
But the darkness was coming quickly. Jessica wavered on the spot. She didn’t want to faint – there was too much going on! But suddenly, she was falling forward, into darkness.
Jessica was in a meadow. It stretched out in front of her. The sun was high in the sky, glittering like a golden jewel. All around her were flowers and tall grasses.
What had she been so worried about? There was no storm here. There were no ghasts. The sun was shining brightly. She must have been dreaming something horrible to be so worried.
She began to walk across the meadow. Jessica enjoyed the feeling of the sun on her skin. It felt so warm!
She spun around in a circle. When she came to a stop, her necklace pressed against her skin. Jessica looked down at it. The ruby was glowing. She went to grab it when someone spoke –
The voice was oddly familiar yet still new to her at the same time. Her hand dropped to her side and she looked over her shoulder. There was a tall, thin woman standing in a red dress. Her blonde hair was up in a messy bun. Jessica frowned. It was like staring into a broken mirror. The woman looked like herself yet was disjointed.
“Mom?” Jessica ventured, unable to believe that her mom was standing in front of her.
“The block has been cleared, hasn’t it?” The woman said in a quiet voice that sounded like the ocean somehow.
“Mom, is that you?”
“Jessica, listen to me – your abilities, what you can do – you have to pace yourself. You have to practice.”
Jessica was hurrying over to the woman who had to be her mom. She wanted to throw her arms around her and give her a hug –
But she went through her as if she was a ghost. Jessica turned back around.
“Jessica, the ruins – the ruins –”
Then she opened her eyes.
Jessica blinked until Zack’s face came into focus. He was hovering over her, looking concerned.
“You’re awake!” He exclaimed.
Her mouth felt like it was full of cotton balls so she didn’t say anything. Instead, she propped herself up to look around. She was on a bed in a room she didn’t recognize. Candles offered the only light. The curtains were drawn over the window but it was moving in the breeze.
“Storm ruined all the windows in here. We cleaned up the glass though.”
“‘We’?” Jessica mumbled, still feeling out of it.
“My mom, August and a few others.”
“I don’t – what happened?” Her dream was slipping away…the meadow…someone she had been talking to.
August was in the doorway. He looked tired but otherwise unharmed.
“Your mom needs you. I’ll make sure Jessica is okay.”
Zack nodded and glanced at Jessica before leaving. He closed the door behind him. August came over and sat on a nearby chair.
“How are you feeling?” He asked her.
Jessica touched her forehead, “I have a headache. My memory is a little fuzzy too. I had some dream…” She trailed off, worried she wasn’t making much sense.
August lowered his voice, “You protected us during the storm. That roof was going to hit us but you threw up a shielding spell.”
It was coming back to her now. The jagged piece of roof coming towards them. The way that Jessica had only thought about protection – the shield that had come out of her hands. Then she had fainted.
“What happened? To the storm and the sun?” She asked, embarrassed that the spells had taken such a toll on her that she had fainted.
“We hid in here until it passed. There was minor damage here. We got lucky. But by the time the storm stopped, there was a ton of damage in town. As of right now, the hordes of creatures have left and the storm has settled down. But the sun is still blotted out.”
“And the ruins? Did my aunt come back?”
“No. She must still be there.”
“We have to go get her.” Jessica said, throwing the sheets off her.
August leaned over and grabbed her, “Jess, wait. The spells…they’re too much for you. Mages usually know they are mages since birth. They train and learn. You’ve had none of that. The first spell you used, what was it?”
“A fire spell.” She mumbled.
“Two spells and you passed out. You can’t go charging into the ruins, expecting to be like one of the mages in your stories.”
She scowled, “How do you know that?”
“Zack told me.” He cleared his throat, “He doesn’t know, though, about your magic.”
“Well, I’m going to tell him. Zack won’t care. We’ve been friends for ages.” Jessica replied.
“Jess, go ahead. But it’s too dangerous to run off to the ruins.”
“So, what do you want me to do? Sit around and wait for Tabitha to come back? She’s my only family. She’s also the only one who can give me the answers that I need.”
August stood up and patted her on the shoulder, “Just rest up.”
Jessica watched him leave and plopped down in bed. As she stared at the ceiling, her dream floated back to her. Hadn’t someone mentioned the ruins in her head? Someone familiar…
Her thoughts were cut off by Zack entering the room. He was holding a plate filled with bread. He sat down at the edge of the bed and offered her a piece. Her stomach grumbled in response and she took it, biting into it eagerly.
“How did you get hurt, anyway?” Zack asked through a mouthful of bread.
Jessica swallowed her own piece and then went, “Well. There’s something I have to tell you.”
When Jessica finished her story, Zack was staring at her, open-mouthed. The bread was by his side, forgotten, as he looked at her. She felt a little nervous. August had warned her about people treating her differently. But this was her best friend. He wasn’t going to think she was weird now, would he?
“Okay, wait. You shot fire out of your hands?” He finally said.
“Is that the only thing you got from my entire story?”
“Fire came literally out of your hands?”
Zack clapped his hands together, “That’s amazing.”
Jessica laughed at this and felt relieved that her friend wasn’t going to treat her differently, after all.
But then Zack went, “So what are we going to do? We can’t just hang out around here while your aunt is in those ruins.”
“August wants me to stay put. But Tabitha knows all the answers. She knows about my mom, why I have this block on my magic – I mean, she had to have known. That’s why she had this necklace of my mom’s. Not to mention that she could be in danger. Why is she even in those ruins?”
“I don’t know. But everything must be connected somehow. I know August wants you to stay here but we have to go into the ruins. We can’t just wait around like we are little kids.”
“Zack, you can’t come with me. You have to stay with your mom.” Jessica protested.
“My mom is as safe as she can be here. But you’re going right into those ruins. Besides, are you forgetting that I’ve been there before? I know the layout. You need me.”
He had a point but Jessica still felt bad in asking Zack to come with her.
He seemed to sense her thoughts because he went, “If we sneak out, August will stay behind to protect my mom. He won’t come after us. The town needs him here.”
His points made sense and were solid. Jessica knew that she would need her best friend’s help to get around the ruins. Shoving her nerves aside, she nodded.
“Alright. Let’s sneak out.”
The sun never came back that day. When it finally became night time, there was hardly any difference in the surroundings. A wind was picking up again which left Jessica feeling uneasy. If another one of those storms ripped through the town, she was concerned the entire area would be ruined for good. Nothing was built to withstand horde attacks as well as storms.
In a stroke of good luck, August left the house to help mend the wall around the town. There were a few other towns people hiding out in the store, including the owners whom had returned to check things out.
Zack left a hastily written note to his mom and left it by her side as she slept. Then he turned to look at her, signaling that he was ready to leave. The two friends crept through the back of the store towards the storage room.
Everything had been knocked off the shelves from the storm. Making sure not to step or trip over anything, Jessica opened the door and peeked outside.
The moon was high in the sky. It was a full moon. She frowned. It wasn’t time for the moon to be full. That wasn’t right. Even so, it offered extra light to see by. She made sure Zack was with her and then the two of them went off into the town.
The town had been hit hard both by the storm and the attack. In the distance, the tower by the ruins was still glowing. Was Tabitha really still there? Jessica was itching for answers and was eager to get there.
“Hey, don’t overdo it.” Zack whispered.
“I’m okay.” Jessica replied.
She did feel a bit better. The fatigue and dizziness was gone. But August did have a point – magic drained her quickly because she didn’t have any training. She needed to make sure to pace herself with magic until she learned more about what she could do.
Together, they crept down towards the wall where the ghasts had been previously. They were gone now. However, one of the guards was blocking the exit.
“We have to distract him.” Zack whispered, “He won’t ever let us through towards the ruins and it isn’t as if we can explain why we have to go there.”
“Shoot an arrow over there,” Jessica pointed, “It should distract him enough so he goes over there to check it out.”
Zack nodded and raised his diamond bow. He notched an arrow and took aim. Then he fired. The arrow slammed against a nearby door, lodging firmly into the wood. The guard glanced over but didn’t move.
“Guess he’s feeling lazy.” Jessica grumbled.
“Let me try it again.” Zack whispered.
He notched another arrow and fired. This time, the arrow crashed into a glass bottle that was on the ground. Jessica would have missed such a shot but the arrow struck true. The bottle shattered.
That got the guard’s attention. He headed off in the direction that he had heard the noise. Jessica yanked Zack forward. Together, they hurried towards the door and ran through it.
They were finally out of the town, heading towards the ruins.
Between the town and the ruins was a stretch of field. In the moonlight, plus the glowing tower, Jessica could see that there was nothing ahead of them. There didn’t seem to be any hordes. The only thing that concerned her was the wind picking up.
“Why do you even come to the ruins in the first place?” Jessica asked Zack as they walked.
“Come on, you know this place is really boring. That’s why you read those books about mages.”
“Yeah, but the ruins are supposed to be dangerous.”
“They’re crumbling, yeah, but as long as you know where you are stepping, you’re fine. That’s why you need me to come with you. I bet Tabitha is in the glowing tower. I know how to get there.”
“What is the inside like anyway?”
“Nothing exciting. Anything that could have been there has been picked clean a long time ago. It’s just fun to climb around.”
“I can’t imagine Tabitha climbing around anything.” Jessica said.
“It’s so muddy out here.” Zack complained, pulling his foot out of the mud and grimacing.
“We’re almost there. As long as this storm holds out…”
Jessica trailed off and looked up towards the sky. The clouds were rolling back towards the ruins like they had earlier. Were they the only ones dealing with the storms? She wished that she knew more about the ruins. Maybe the Over World was covered in them.
The mud slowed down their progress but eventually they reached the outskirts of the ruins. The old legends came to her mind – how they were haunted. Jessica pushed them aside. Zack had come here plenty of times and had never seen ghosts.
“I’ll show you the way I enter. We can go through the main entrance but getting to the top will take forever. Normally, I just climb to the top.”
“You climb to the top?” Jessica asked, looking upwards.
“Yeah. But I’m an experienced climber. You…not so much. No offense.”
“None taken.” Jessica replied and then frowned, “What is that light, anyway?”
“I have no idea. I haven’t ever seen anything like that before. Come on. This way.”
She trailed after Zack into the grounds of the ruins. The temperature had dropped. Even though they were in the middle of summer, it was freezing. She shivered and wished she had brought a jacket. The hair on the back of her neck was standing up. Shadows were everywhere and she was jumpy at something leaping out at them.
“Alright, this way.” Zack motioned for her to follow him up a staircase at the back of the ruins.
He climbed the stairs. They were crumbling and came to a stop just outside a door that led inside the ruins. Jessica stepped onto it –
And everything around her suddenly shook violently. She practically fell backwards but managed to hold herself up right. Zack was alarmed. Both looked around, wondering why an earthquake had begun right now.
There was a cracking noise. It was so loud that Jessica winced and covered her ears. It sounded like the ground was shattering in half. In the distance, she could see that something was cracking open like an egg. What was that thing? The tower seemed to glow brighter.
The rumbling was so intense by this point that Zack toppled forward, knocking Jessica off balance. She hit the muddy ground and tried to get to her feet. However, it was no use. Everything was shaking so much that all she could do was fall to her knees. Her knees sunk into the mud a little as Zack landed next to her. But Jessica was staring straight ahead.
Her heart skipped a beat. Something was coming out of the grounds near the ruins. She could see claws gripping the earth, yanking itself forward. She couldn’t even speak. What was that thing? Fear seemed to wiggle in her belly as she stared at it.
Zack saw it as well. She could see his lips move but couldn’t hear anything over the noise of the ruins shifting and the earthquake.
Finally, the figure came into view. It moved its head backwards and let out a terrifying, ear splitting roar. Jessica could only stare in horror.
It was a dragon.
About the Author
Mark Mulle is a passionate Minecraft gamer who writes game guides, short stories, and novels about the Minecraft universe. He has been exploring, building, and fighting in the game ever since its launch, and he often uses in-game experiences for inspiration on creating the best fiction for fellow fans of the game. He works as a professional writer and splits his time between gaming, reading, and storytelling, three hobbies and lifelong passions that he attributes to a love of roleplaying, a pursuit of challenging new perspectives, and a visceral enjoyment the vast worlds that imagination has to offer. His favorite thing to do, after a long day of creating worlds both on and off the online gaming community, is to relax with his dog, Herobrine, and to unwind with a good book. His favorite authors include Stephen King, Richard A. Knaak, George R. R. Martin, and R. A. Salvatore, whose fantasy works he grew up reading or is currently reading. Just like in Minecraft, Mark always strives to level up, so to speak, so that he can improve his skills and continue to surprise his audience. He prefers to play massive multiplayer online games but often spends time in those games fighting monsters one on one and going solo against the toughest mobs and bosses he can manage to topple. In every game, his signature character build is a male who focuses mostly on crafting weapons and enchanting, and in every battle, he always brings a one hander sword and a shield with as much magical attributes as he can pour into them. Because he always plays alone, he likes to use his game guides to share all the secrets and knowledge he gains, and who know—he may have snuck some information into his fiction as well. Keep an eye out for his next book!
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Book 1: The Village Protector
Book 2: Attacked by the Wither
Diary of Jake and His Zombie Pigman
Book 1: The Creature from the Nether
Book 2: The Spiders Show the Way
The White Eyed Ghost’s Promise
Book 1: Herobrine Lives
Book 2: Herobrine’s Manor
Diary of a Hero Zombie
Book 1: Herobrine’s Gauntlet
Book 2: The Cult of Herobrine
Book 3: Into the Nether Portal
Diary of Erik Enderman
Book 1: Block Thief
Book 2: Adventures with Steve
Book 3: The Legend of the Endermen’s Treasure
Diary of a Valiant Wolf
Book 1: Steve’s Wolves
Book 2: Zombie Horde
Book 3: Defeating the Dragon
Diary of a Mob – Bony the Skeleton,
Book 1: Where the Block is My Bow?
Book 2: Where the Block is My Dad?
Diary of a Mob – Sebastian the Gutsy Sheep
Book 1: No Ordinary Sheep
Book 2: Sebastian Seeks Revenge
Rise of the Wither, Book 1: New Danger
Books in the Carnival of Doom series
Book One: The Angry Ghost
Book Two: To the Nether Portal
Book Three: Trapped
Books in the Diary of a Crafty Player Series
Book One: Blocky World
Book Two: The Fort Keepers
Book Three: The Search for the Dragon
Diary of Reg the Villager,
Book One: In Search of the Creative Mode
Book Two: Nether Here Nor There
Book Three: The Wolfdog and the Dragon
Diary of Steve the Explorer, The Cube World Chronicles
Book One: The Unknown Enemy
Book Two: Diary of the Curious Creeper
Book Three: Diary of an Enderman, the Game Keeper
Diary of Steve the Adventurer,
Book One: In the Lair of Herobrine
Book Two: To the Nether Portal
Diary of a Zombie Hunter,
Book One: The Zombie Specialist
Book Two: Zombie or Griefers
Book Three: The Captain of Overwatch
Diary of a Mob – Rowley the Rabbit,
Book One: The Runaway Rabbit
Books in the Diary of an Adventurous Creeper Series
Book One: Creeper Chronicles
Book Two: Journey to the End
Book Three: Dragon Savior
Books in the Adventures Through the Over World Trilogy
Book One: Creeping Transformation
Book Two: Steven and the Island of Bones
Book Three: The Zoo in Jericho City
The Quest: The Untold Story of Steve Trilogy
Book One: The Tale of a Hero
Book Two: The Unfinished Game
Book Three: The Endings and Beginnings of a Legend
The Obsidian Chronicles Trilogy
The Obsidian Chronicles, Book One: Ender Rain
The Obsidian Chronicles, Book Two: Hell and Back
The Obsidian Chronicles, Book Three: Of Dragons and Demons
The Doppelganger Trilogy
The Doppelganger, Book One: Steve’s Chance
The Doppelganger, Book Two: Steve vs. Herobrine
The Doppelganger, Book Three: The Ender Dragon Reborn
The Cult Trilogy
The Cult, Part One
The Cult, Part Two
The Cult, Part Three
The Legend: The Mystery of Herobrine Trilogy
Book One: The Start of the Quest
Book Two: The Truth about the Myth
Book Three: Herobrine versus the World
The Dragon’s Mountain Trilogy
Book One: Attacked by the Griefers
Book Two: The Hidden Village
Book Three: The White Mobs
The Temple of Destruction Trilogy
Book One: The Lost Treasures
Book Two: The Curse
Book Three: Notch versus Herobrine
Books in The Enemy’s Revenge Trilogy
Book One: Ghost Sightings
Book Two: Kidnapped
Book Three: To The End World
Attack of the Overworld Trilogy
Book One: Finding Herobrine
Book Two: Finding Steve
Book Three: The Final Mine
GENRE: Children’s Adventure (An Unofficial Minecraft Book for Kids Ages 9 - 12 (Preteen) Jessica lives a quiet life in her town. Tending to the farms and her school lessons, her greatest joy is to read novels about mages – people who can wield magic. Living with her aunt, Tabitha, and spending time with her best friend, Zack, life is mostly uneventful. All of that changes, however, when suddenly the sun is blocked out of the sky. With the Overworld thrown into darkness, hordes of monsters approach where Jessica lives. On top of that, a storm threatens to tear the town apart. Tabitha leaves and tells Jessica to stay safe. But as the dangers grow larger, Jessica discovers a secret part of her that she never dreamed she had. Knowing that Tabitha must have the answers to who she truly is, as well as who her parents were before they went missing, she is determined to find her aunt. Easier said than done. As Zack and Jessica fight against monsters and put up with people who think they need to stay in safety, will Jessica ever find out the truth behind the blackout and who she truly is? This unofficial Minecraft book is not authorized, endorsed or sponsored by Microsoft Corp., Mojang AB, Notch Development AB or any other person or entity owning or controlling the rights of the Minecraft name, trademark or copyrights. All characters, names, places and other aspects of the game described herein are trademarked and owned by their respective owners. Minecraft®/ /TM & ©2009-2016 Mojang/Notch.