Adventures of the Green Sister

Join me in the adventures of the Green Sister, where nobody knows what will happen... including the author!


Green Sister 56

Mark opened his mouth, as if to call out to Lee, but GS reached over and grabbed his arm, squeezing it. She shook her head "no" as he looked over at her. Until they knew what was going on, she thought, it was better to let Lee call the shots.

Lee walked up to them, with no recognition in his eyes.

"You are to come with me," he said. His voice was without inflection, almost robotic-like. "There are severe penalties for trespassing in the yallapalla fields."

GS's nerves increased their tingling. She didn't want to go with this robotic version of her cousin. She could pick up no sense of the Lee she fought with and loved. She had to help him somehow, though. Apart from his mother, he was the last family she had left.

On an impulse, she stuck out her hand. "Hi, I'm Green Sister and this is my friend, Mark."

Lee stared at her hand, then turned his back on them. "Follow me."

GS slowly lowered her hand to her side, glanced at Mark and shrugged her shoulders. Hopefully, they would get the chance to figure out something to do if they could get Lee alone.


Green Sister 55

As the machine stopped, GS leaned over toward Mark and said, "Something's not right here. My danger alarm just went off, but just lightly. Be on guard. I don't know what's going to happen."

He nodded to indicate he heard her.

The door opened and the rope ladder snaked out of the door. The driver leaned back and looked at them.

"Okay, this is it for me. Someone will be waiting for you at the bottom. I have to get back to work."

Mark and GS clambered down the rope and stood looking around as the machine retracted its legs and flew off in the direction they had come from. The first thing GS noticed was the quiet. Apart from a low throbbing coming from the orb, there were no sounds. Children dressed in black played in front of their colorful houses, but there were no sounds of laughter or words. It seemed almost a crime to disturb the silence by talking, so GS leaned close and whispered in Mark's ear.

"This is strange. Have you ever seen children this quiet?"

Before he could answer, a small flying machine, shaped like a cigar, came from the direction of the orb and hovered near them. A door opened in the side, steps came out and Lee walked down to the ground.


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The scenery passed the window smoothly, not in the blur she expected when she realized they were flying. GS watched intently, hoping that something would jog her mind and let her know where they were. For a while, they were surrounded by the same flowers they had been in, but then things changed. A white fence reminiscent of the picket fences GS was familiar with, only eight feet tall, marked a boundary between the flower garden and a bustling town.

The houses were laid out in neat rows, each one brightly colored. To her mind, they appeared garish... a purple house with lime green trim and shutters, a yellow home with orange trim. The people, however, she saw walking on the sidewalks were dressed in unrelenting black. Once she saw a small girl on the sidewalk with a bright red bow in her hair, but her mother rushed out from the house, yanked the bow out, and GS could hear her yelling, "Neko... what are you doing?" before they were out of earshot. She glanced back at Mark and saw he'd seen the interplay as well. He had furrows between his brows and a dark look in his eyes.

The machine began slowing down and GS looked through the front glass. She gasped and reached over to grab Mark's hand. There, directly in front of them, was a large, white orb which glowed with a luminescence similar to what they had found in the cave. GS felt the familiar tingling begin in her legs and squeezed Mark's hand tightly.


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"Are you sure we should be doing this?" Mark's voice held a worried tone as he pulled GS back from the machine.

"If there was anything to be concerned about, my danger sense would be sending alarms... and it's not, so for right now things are safe enough."

"What if your powers don't work here? Wherever here is."

For answer, GS pointed her finger at a small rock on the path. Instantly it froze and shattered into fragments.

"Don't worry so much. Did you hear what he said?" GS said, pulling Mark along. "He said that we're not the first ones to have come here. I'm sure if we go along with him, somehow he will take us to Lee."

"I hope you know what you're doing."

They reached the machine, which rested on a path they'd not been able to see, and climbed up the rope ladder into a machine with four small seats and a myriad of controls on the dashboard. The driver commanded them to strap themselves in, the door closed with a gentle sigh, and the machine hovered in the air a moment before turning and heading back in the direction it had come from. GS and Mark looked at each other as they heard the legs folding up against the bottom of the machine.

Mark whispered, "This thing sure flies faster than it walks. He must be in a hurry to get us back to the compound."

GS just nodded her head and focused her attention out the small porthole set in the side of the machine. This was a machine unlike any she'd ever seen, with flowers stretching as far as her eye could see. Although she acted confident with Mark, she hadn't been at all sure her powers would work wherever they were. One thing was certain though... it would take all her skills and powers to determine where they were and how they could get home.


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"Where on earth are we?" Mark asked, looking around him. "And, where do you think Lee is?"

"I don't know," GS replied, her voice low. "I don't even know if we are on earth any more." She pointed to the horizon. "Look at that."

Coming towards them was a large mechanical-looking structure, walking on four spindly, jointed legs. The flowers waved in its path, but none appeared to get crushed. When it was about twelve feet in front of them, the machine stopped, a hatch on its side lifted and a man's voice said, "What are you two doing out here? You are crushing the flowers and the chief is not going to be happy."

Mark and GS looked at each other.

GS found her voice first and said, "We're lost. Can you tell us where we are?"

"Oh, botheration," the man said, exasperation evident in his voice. "Not more of you. Come on over here. I'll take you back to the impound and the chief can explain everything to you." He let down a rope ladder while Mark and GS gripped hands tightly and walked over to the machine.


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GS and Mark retraced their way out of the cave without seeing any signs of Lee, a struggle or even their own footsteps from earlier. When they reached the mouth of the cave, they stepped out to a landscape neither had seen before. Instead of the wooded area the cave entrance had been previously, there was now a lush field of wildflowers. Stepping out of the cave, they looked behind them just in time to see the cave door closing on itself like a wormhole or stargate from some science fiction show, leaving only the horizon... blue, pink, yellow flowers as far as the eye could see.

GS looked over at Mark.

"Toto," she said, "I don't think we're in Kansas any more."


Green Sister 50

GS froze, her chest tightening. Lee? Missing? Other than her aunt, Lee was her only living relative. She reached up and grabbed Mark's wrists, pulling them down from her shoulders.

"Who is 'they'? Tell me what happened."

Mark took a deep shuddering breath.

"When you walked through the wall, we tried to follow," he said, reaching up and rubbing his nose. "For some reason, though, the wall was solid again. We searched the entire wall, looking for some switch or hollow spot or something. There was nothing... nothing at all that we could find. All we could do was stand here and wonder what was going on. Did you find Nancy the Black?"

"Huh? Oh, yeah," she said, realizing her experience with Nancy had dimmed with her return and the news about Lee. "Go on. What happened next?"

"I walked over there," he said, pointing to a column in the far corner, "to see if I could discover anything else and Lee walked back to the opening. That's when it happened."

"Mark! What happened?"

He looked away from her and down at the floor, all blood draining from his face. A deep breath and he looked at GS again.

"He jerked a couple of times, like he was being pulled. Then, he was pulled into the cavern, screaming. I started to go after him, but felt you pulling me back to this wall." He looked helplessly at GS. "I tried to help him, but I failed."

GS reached out and patted him on the arm. "We'll get him back. Let's head back. Maybe we'll find some trace of him on the way out."