Pirates, and Dragons, and Ice, Oh, My! 2nd book in the Sir William & Mac Life Without Slippers Series
Pirates, and Dragons, and Ice, Oh, My! 2nd in the Sir William & Mac Life Without Slippers Series. First Pages CHAPTER ONE We left home in the middle of the night. We didn’t drive or fly or walk or run. We simply stepped out of one room into another. William had put the goggles on, and the room filled with a brilliant, blinding, prism of light. The next thing I knew we were standing in the lobby of a hotel with palm trees outside and the sound of the ocean all around us. “Where are we?” Dizzy, a little shaky, I held onto a large potted fern, looking cool, trying not be noticed that my knees occasionally buckled and I was swaying, just a bit. “Bali. We have to find Scott. He’s in cabana sixteen.” “Scott. Who is Scott?” “Lolly’s big brother, try to keep up. We need to hurry. She doesn’t have much time.” He walked through the back of the open air lobby to a row of little houses sitting on either side of a palm tree lined pool, a swimming pool that had water sprays scattered about. Three kids were down towards the end and I thought about how fun it would be to just jump in. “This is no vacation, Mac. Perhaps, if we bring Lolly back you can have a few days off.” “How did you know that I was thinking that?” “I didn’t. It was simply a logical observation and you have just confirmed that you were actually thinking about jumping in… fourteen, sixteen. Ah, here we are.”
It had been more than a year since I had seen Sir William and I was about to turn sixteen. I was saving up to buy my first car, and about six months after Mom had died my dad and my Aunt Maddy, Mom’s sister, got married, and my cousin continued to twirl instead of walk. Rani and I were still hanging out and her brother, Rhett, who used to be an angry bully, had become a good friend. Life, all in all, was good. And life was about to change. We went outside and saw a large group of people staring at the sky, pointing, taking pictures, and some even crying. Then I saw it, a flying ship, like an old, wooden ship with a huge front sale and a hot air balloon right in the middle. It was floating, some kind of air ship, or, more likely, a space ship. “Hello, Bella,” William yelled up at it as he strolled over, passing the stunned crowd. “Helloooooaaaaah!” We heard a woman’s voice but couldn’t see anything. Scott looked at me, one of those I’m-gonna-wake-up-soon panicked looks. “I know. You’ll get used to it. Don’t worry.” The ocean seemed louder now and the people were quieter. This wasn’t a typical day in paradise. He didn’t turn his head to look at me, just zoning out, looking at the ship. “Uh, huh,” he mumbled. “I’ve seen this before.” “Yeah?” “My dreams. Over and over. Just weird in my dreams.” Suddenly a large metal roll came out of a side compartment and while it I realized that it was a ladder landing right at our feet. “You first Scott,” William grinned. Scott was not blinking and I thought perhaps he wasn’t even breathing. “I’ll go first,” I said and stepped up, the ladder swinging back and forth, side to side, succeeding in making my hands sweat and my stomach tighten. I climbed until I made it to the side of ship, stepping through a small doorway. I didn’t look down until I climbed aboard and I was glad that I hadn’t. It was scary, no doubt about it. Scott, followed closely by William, made it up and he was actually smiling when he climbed over the rail. “Man! This is incredible. Unbelievable!” I nodded, looking around at the wooden ship with surprising computerized, digital displays all over the front. Then we heard a scream and someone hooting. “Willllllliammmmm!” A short woman with her gray hair flying around her face ran toward William, who opened his arms and hugged her, lifting her, and spinning her around. “It has been too, too long,” Sir William said putting her down. “Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. And this…” she walked to me, “this is Dylan’s son, The Mac. How do you do? I am Bella. You will be pleased with me even more so when we have Lolly.” The Mac. I knew that it meant something, the “the” part of it. I suspected that it had something to do with the battle I had with an obnoxious blue woman named Bax. She froze things, but when she tried to cover me with ice I held my hands up and the ice flew back at her. I had no idea why or how, or if I could do anything else like that. To be honest I wasn’t sure that I wanted to know. I shook her hand wondering how anyone could be more strange than William but knowing that she was a first runner up. She went to Scott and hugged him. He remained completely still as if she might squeeze the life out of him. “You are a seer. You have been seeing things in your dreams since you were very small, correct?” He pushed his glasses up his nose and shrugged. “You tried to tell people but they treated you as if you were one sandwich short of a picnic, right?” He smiled a little and nodded. “People can be like that, not trusting, not believing in us. Now, tell me about your little sister.” “I don’t know. I think she’s on an island because I see a beach. There are lots of palm trees and other trees. And she is up in a tree with about six monkeys. And they are protecting her. And…” His face changed, he looked away and I thought he was going to cry. “And, something’s chasing her but I can’t see what it is. But she’s screaming and screaming… it’s trying to eat her!” She hugged him and he cried, hard. “We’re not going to let that happen. Let’s take off. Down below we go.”
CHAPTER TWO: THE ISLAND LOVES LOLLY The old island, warmed so long ago by its volcano parents, welcomed little Lolly. It was a small island in the chain of the big ones and rarely visited by small humans, especially ones named Lolly. It thought that was a delightful name and hummed it to itself. It had to stay neutral, though, about the great dragons. Even though it wanted to keep Lolly there with it, it had to recognize that the dragon had to eat. It was the way of life, to live, kill, eat, be killed and be eaten.
The island sighed as it watched Lolly in the trees with the monkeys. They liked her a great deal, and had helped her when she first washed up on their beach. They weren’t sure what she was at first, but she didn’t look like food, so they played with her hair until she woke up That’s when Mazgula, king of the huge lizards, first tasted her scent with his tongue.
As he ran toward her the monkeys screamed and screeched, pulling her along until she was safely on one of the higher branches. Many dragons watched her now and waited in case she would be within reach. But, Mazgula was the king, and he had claimed her. If another dragon attempted to take her before him he would simply kill it. Coming soon!
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