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p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin-top: 0px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" It was as if our souls were being drawn to the castle like the key was missing and we could find it buried deep inside the walls of the castle. An overwhelming sense of Heimat overwhelmed me, Heimat, a German word meaning a deep-rooted fondness towards a place to which one has a strong feeling of belonging. I looked at Mumbi and we both smiled at each other, somehow both of us understood that we needed to get there. She laughed as her eyes emulated a glow that I hadn't seen since before Amaris got taken. We ran down the long staircase leading us to the castle, I was enveloped in happiness, but a sense of fear at the unknown soon began to develop. I brushed it off and entered the castle, it was the most extravagant thing I had seen in a long time. Then the door behind me slammed before Mumbi could get in, I turned around to face the door, listening to Mumbi banging on the door. A feeling of dread washed over me as I realized what I had gotten myself into./p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" I turned around and looked into the room around me. It was dimly lit, and the torches lining the walls were all different colors. I was afraid, I had been drawn into this castle by something, and the fact that it could be here was terrifying. My footsteps seemed to echo around me, all of the rooms looked the same except one. There was an old wooden door, green light coming through the cracks, beckoning me to come in. I opened the door, the hinges creaked as the door revealed to me what was inside. It was a candle, a single candle but I was drawn to look at the green flame. I could almost see a figure in it, more specifically Amaris. She looked afraid, and the gleam of joy in her eyes was gone, she was locked up. she was thinner then I remember, her hair and clothes were messy, and she had bruises all over. It seemed to zoom out, and I could see a dark castle. Just as quickly as the image appeared it vanished, I could hear footsteps and voices outside. It seemed to be two girls, I looked under the door and saw high heeled shoes. I couldn't make out what they were saying but the voices seemed to fade away. I rushed out of the room and into another, only to see two girls staring at me. They were wearing knee length dresses, one white and the other black, they had braids, again one white and one black. Everything about them was like that, their eyes, their lips, fingernails, any jewelry, and their shoes. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "Who're you?", the one dressed in black asked me. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "My name is Ivory", I answered, backing away. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "You have a sister, yes? Her name is Amaris am I right?", the one in white asked. I nodded my head, and looked around the room, it seemed to be a bedroom. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "Do you know where she is?", I asked them. They looked at each other. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "We know where she is, but we are forbidden from telling you. However, we can help you once you do find where she is, follow us.", they said, and started walking. We ended up in a sort of courtyard, there was a fountain in the middle, shooting up black and normal water. In the bottom there were gray, foggy, rocks, the one in black picked one up and half of it tuned black. She then handed it to the one in white and the other half turned white, they started to mix together. It was forming some sort of yin and yang sort of thing. Then miraculously, chains came out from both sides of it and melding together to create a necklace, they gave it to me, so I put it over my head./p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "What is this?", I asked them. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "When you wear this, it will start to glow the closer you get to Amaris", they said. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "Thank you!", I said. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "Before you go thanking us it has a drawback, while you're wearing it you're basically a beacon for monsters", they said. I took it off, and just as I did I was somehow back ,with Mumbi. She looked tired, and she was draped over the door. /p
p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "Mumbi... are you okay?", I asked her, she jumped up and tackled me into a hug. /p
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p style="line-height: 1.8em; color: #9de0ac; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, '.SFNSText-Regular', 'Segoe UI', Roboto, 'Lucida Grande', Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; background-color: #000000; clear: none !important; border-color: #3c3d44 !important;" "I thought you were gone!", she said. I pushed her away and grabbed her hand, we started running away from the castle. I quickly put on the necklace and faced different directions, when it was glowing the brightest I took it off and we started running again. It started getting foggy again, so Mumbi took a rope out of her backpack and tied us together by our wrists. The ground under my feet was growing more soggy and muddy with every step I took, it came to a point where we were up to our knees in mud. It was harder to walk in mud, and I was getting tired, not that I wasn't already tired. We found a small Island and set up camp there. We had a fire going and we were eating sandwiches, for some reason the mud was getting hotter. I stuck my finger in and immediately pulled it out in pain. I saw a pair of eyes appear out of the mud, they were a deep brown and blend in with the mud slowly a boy appeared, everything about him was brown, from his skin to his clothes. He seemed to be made of mud, and he was dripping into the dirt, he gave us a small smile and then sank down again. I looked back to Mumbi and she gave me a look that said, "did you see that?". I touched the mud but it was back to its cold temperature, then suddenly we were both drenched with the mud and it seemed to solidify, and it started dragging us in./p