Sunday, November 29, 2009

Day 5 - Matainui

I was revived. After the enormous sleep I had just had I was awake under the golden pool's surface.

I had no worries as I bobbed my head out of the water I saw Emma lying down on her back once again conscious. "What, how, when. How are you awake?" I struggled to get out
"It must have been the water, there is something about that pool that is not normal" replied Emma. She slowly leaned upwards to gain a glimpse of me however it was not the reaction I was expecting. Anyone would expect someone seeing their friend as a swamp monster after a day of being unconscios would either scream, yell, cry or even act the faintest bit surprised. But nothing..."Your hair has grown" she said
"What hair and why arent you freaking out?" It was then I brushed my hand trough my hair, wait I had hair no vines no leaves no nothing. I was human again! With no weffler worries or mood swings, that pool really did have powers although in a way I was sad to have lost the thing that made me unique. My hair was much longer than before, but I liked it it made me look kind of like a cave man.

I was no longer a weffler "No more weffler" I sighed. At that moment the vines started ripping my flesh open. The blood was staining the grass and I was screaming loudly but that was miniscule compared to the noise Emma was making. However I did not hurt, Taller, Stronger, Faster. I was the Swamp monser again but still Emma was screaming. It took half an hour to reassure Emma that I was ok, I also explained how I turned into the Swamp thing.

I was still questioning how I had turned into a human and then back again. I raised the point with Emma..."Human" the word was spoken and I once again shrunk into a human body with normal everything. I knew why I was changing, whenever I said either "Weffler" or "human" I would change into that thing. I was torn between strong beast or normal human but I felt my companion would be a bit freaked out to keep seeing me as a monster that could easily eat her whole.

I took a moment to once again to explore my surroundings. The views were amazing from this mountain peak I could see some kind of bubble all around the island, it was located about 1 kilometer off the coast of the spit of land we were situated on. Outside it was a raging sea storm but inside was a haven of clear skies and sunny beaches.

The hanger (or as it appered) was just across the courtyard from us. I could distinctly see the gigantic chrome ball that we had been chasing for days sitting there right infront of me at its station attatched to a boarding passage similar to the ones they use on big commercial airliners to board passengers.

My gut felt weird as if someone was watching me and it was true the pyramids eye was watching me closely and quite suspiciously as if I had done something wrong. I was freaked so we decided to head away from the square based point into the heavens and toward the temple or palace with the spires and the golden decorated tips. It was even more beautiful than the silver marvel that we had seen before in the forests. We walked the length of the man made river that was decorating the front of the building and up to the wooden 20 meter tall front door that unusually was open.

We were seeking refuge but we were to encounter no problems .When we were greeted by the group we thought we would never see again.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 4 - Matainui

I awoke lying on the forest floor to an awful smell, I realised Emma had not washed in 3 days and she was starting to smell like a rubbish dump. I did not suffer from these odour problems anymore as I was constantly being washed by the water in my vines. I decided the best way to wash her would be to submerge her in the river where I could control the water and clean her. However I had to reach he river before I could follow up my planning. So with one swift movement I slung her onto my shoulder into a fireman's hold and started to sprint towards the mountain. It was not long before our route was intercepted by the fast flowing river. We must have been on some sort of an island between two sides of the river. I needed to be quick washing Emma as the group at the mountain would surely move.

It was messy, I was still mastering my new skills (or powers however you would refer to them)but eventually my efforts payed off and Emma was reasonably clean. I finished off by ringing the water out of her clothes using my powers and once again started towards the mountain.

Many hours and many litres of sweat were spent while trudging through the forest and now I was starting to become fatigued. I no longer felt like the powerful monster I was. All around me I could hear the croaky conversation between the wefflers all around me. It was then I was reminded of my fellow beings of the bush, "Hello will anyone help me carry this young human up to the summit of the mountain?" I proposed however the words came out distorted and messed up. Although my speech was unusually stranger than normal the many wefflers in disguise responded and three enourmous trees sprung into action quickly taking Emma's crushing weight from my shoulders. These tree wefflers were at least two times as big as the last one I had encountered.
"HMMM...AHHHHHHH!", Emma was screaming It was as if she knew I was no longer carrying her, the wefflers were stunned by the noise and almost dropped her head over heels.

The day was long but at least I now had company, the trees were fascinating we had many in detail conversations about the history of our races and I started to understand a little more about what I was. We had decided to carry Emma in legs my own leg of the journey was eternity but it payed off as we reached the pinnacle of the mountain we saw pyramids and ruins of an ancient society much like the scene of machu picchu.

"We must now leave back to the forests" announced the trio of wefflers,
"Thankyou for your knowledge and your services that you have provided me with throughout our journey" I replied
"It is our pleasure but I must warn you, without the presence of the trees you may feel empty inside and feel sorrow towards yourself, only the most experienced wefflers can ever accomplish the feat of walking free of the forest" stated the tallest one. "Good luck, and goodbye" said the three together and then turned back to the amass of green below. I knew I was going o miss them and wish they were still here when I found further problems.

As I studied the greatest pyramid in more detail I discovered that it was square based and also at the very top there was a mysterious eye looking down at me, however this was not all as there was also a glistening golden stream running down from the colouring of the eye down the face of the architecture into a beautiful scene of the worshiping pool where the swans were whiter than white and the fish were more swift. They were leaping out of the water frantically at the pyramids edge and slowly picking the algae living on the submerged bricks. There were people lying on blankets at the pools meeting with the land. They seemed to be praying somehow and yet they did not seem human, there figures were distorted and deformed. These "people" were obviously seeking shade from the surrounding trees that were swaying in the cool breeze.

Sprinting across the land was much harder than in the water, but when I finally got to the waters edge I was depressed my moods were playing with me I felt happy then sad and I had realised that what the weffler had told me was true and I was an empty soul without the trees. I kneeled down and with the body of Emma still in my arms. SPLASH!!! into the pool, I felt alive my roots turned golden and started to glow...Darkness...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 3-Matainui

I awoke to see no one around me but a faint rustling sound outside the tent. I felt better now so I threw off my blankets and decided to investigate the noise, once outside I realised it was Emma packing up camp she obviously planned on moving camp but why? "Oh...Good morning sleepy head" she spoke with enthusiasm and a hint of humour. "Good morning" I replied. Then out of nowhere there was a giant groaning sound followed by a heavy mechanical kind of sibilant clanking. Then out of my peripheral vision I spotted the glowing silver haven start to float as if it was weightless like a helium balloon.

We studied it together in amazement both lost for words. I must still be asleep and hallucinating from yesterdays event. However I had pinched myself about half a dozen times now and my arm was starting to hurt and go very red. I did not know what was going on but I did know that whatever this "thing" was it was not human. It rose constantly higher in the sky until then it started floating across towards the biggest of the three mountains on the island. "We have to follow it" Emma enforced "The others must be inside".

Camp was all packed up into our backpacks and I decided to start chopping a route through the vines and overhanging leaves in the way with my machete, I figured it would be easier that way when we came around to leaving.

Slowly I stopped swinging at the obstacles ahead of me. I had seen something, and it was big! It was probably a harmless wild pig. So with that reassuring thought in my head I started back at my assigned job. At that moment an enormous ostrich like bird jumped out of the bush ahead and knocked me to the ground, its claws sliced my stomach's flesh into bits of bloody tissue. As I slowly regained my footing I realised that it was no ostrich or emu, it was a Moa bird! But how? Moa had been extinct for centuries. I had no time to think as instantaneously I realised the 230kg bird was no longer interested with me because it had found a new target. It ran directly into Emma while her back was turned as she was scavenging for berries on nearby fruit trees. If I had not stepped in with a slash of my tree chopping sword the nails of the monster would have surely re-arranged Emma's innocent face.

The beast fled limping away with half of its leg severed and hanging off by a flap of skin. Emma was no better she had been severely concussed by the blow and seemed to be in some kind of a coma. A tear came to my eye, how could I have been so careless? after all she had done for me and I let her get killed by some savage bird!!!AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! I let off a scream of rage so loud it seemed there was an earthquake, the entire island shook. I was driven I would take her to that mountain if it was the last thing I did! I dressed the wounds the victim had sustained with some of the parachute backpack and string.

I was at the end of my previously constructed trail and had to start forging the rest of the needed route with the body of an unconscious girl slung over my shoulder and to make matters worse the mosquito's were drawn to me like a piece of dead, blooded meat. Indeed that I was as the blood from my stomach's wound was pouring out like a waterfall, my intestines were slowly oozing out, I was unsuccessfully trying to hold them back in with my free arm. I was losing blood, fast. I tripped and stumbled as the ground got softer and eventually grew to a shallow, ankle height sort of bog.

I was sinking into the swamp...I dropped Emma, she landed in the thick mud face down, she was going to suffocate! What was I going to do? I had to get out. Before I knew it I was completely submerged in mud. I too could not breathe and was slowly blacking out...

LIFE! life was restored within me what had happened? no more pain, no more weakness. I stood up in the watery filth around me it was then I realised that I was not myself any more. I was a freak, a monster everything you were brought up to think was evil. I was a man of the swamp literally. I had vines for arms and all over green. I took in a deep breath, I was cooled off as the water from the swamp had been sucked up into my vines. I took a big step, I felt as if no one could stop me, I was so strong all my past worries were gone.

"Fetch the girl" "Fetch the girl you fool" "She is dieing...go and help her" These voices were creeping me out who was speaking? But they had reminded me about the situation Emma was in, I wouldn't let her die. I ran so fast I was sure I would have beaten Usain Bolt in a race! As I waded to the edge of the swamp the thick mud encasing Emma's face was morphed out of the way then suddenly a huge Rimu tree ripped itself from the Earth and started to walk staunchly towards her using its beastly thick roots for legs.

As the Ent like creature cradled Emma in its branches it spoke to me; "take good care of her,I can tell you would be devastated if she were to pass away"
"Thank you" I replied "oh and by the way what are you exactly?"
"I am a weffler, a being of the forest you will be able to talk to us now you are one too"..."most plants are actually weffles discused, there are some advantages to being a weffler, for example you can control normal trees and plants and in your case you can move water and run faster than most things could ever dream of.

The rest of the day was spent by me ripping trees from their roots in order to get through the forest faster. I had to get Emma to the top of that mountain, I was sure that that was where everyone was after the spaceship took off. I dosed off while still running with Emma slung over my shoulder...